PLU8022 - Qualitative Analysis in Practice II


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oppgave 100/100

Course content

PLU8022 is focused on qualitative analysis of empirical educational research material. PLU8022 builds on PLU821. PLU8021 provided knowledge about qualitative analysis as a craft with a particular focus on the processes of sorting, reducing and arguing, as well as over a set of qualitative methods of analysis. PLU8022 includes a more thorough investigation of qualitative analysis within educational, practice-based research in a complex contemporary world. The specific focus is on the connectedness between creativity and ethics in qualitative analysis in educational, practice-based research, as well as on one analysis methods chosen by the candidate.

Learning outcome

the candidate
- has advanced knowledge about, and can from a critical perspective, relate to how creativity and ethics are connected in qualitative analysis.
- has thorough knowledge about and can contribute to the development of one qualitative analysis method
- has advanced knowledge about theorizing in qualitative analysis as thinking with empirical research material as well as thinking with theory.

the candidate
- knows how to creatively, ethically and critically use her/his knowledge about qualitative analysis practically and concretely in analyses of her/his own research material
- manages to critically construct and create relevant analysis units with the help of adequate qualitative analysis methods
- has developed advanced theoretical sensitivity through analysis of the research material, and through that contributes to new and critical theory building

General competence
the candidate
- can in an adequate way chose and/or develop a relevant analysis method for her/his own research material and research question, and critically argue for this choice
- can in a trustworthy way analyse a research material and present results in a way suitable for scientific publication
- can critically and constructively read and comment other researchers’/fellow students’choice of analysis method in their work

Learning methods and activities

Block-scheduled course of lectures, workshops, discussions and student presentations. Individually and in collocative groupwork (possibly online) with the course literature and own empirical material. Students are expected to use own empirical material related to their own research.
Requirements for attendance at the course: 80%.
The student presents his/hers exam paper for fellow students and a teacher at the last day, and is also opponent for fellow students.

Assignments can be handed in in Norwegian and English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Two written assignments
  • One written paper with oral presentation
  • Opposition to fellow student's presentation / assignment
  • Attendance 80%

Further on evaluation

Four work requirements as well as compulsory attendance 80% must be completed in order to hand in the exam.

The examination task is an article suitable for publication in a research journal with procedures for peer-review (but in this context, we do not follow up on whether the student actually makes attempts at publishing). With the article, the student is expected to demonstrate a qualified choice of adequate qualitative analysis method for her/his research material. The examination task thereby can function as part of a PhD-project.

Assessment report requires approved enrollment the same semester. Mandatory activity from previous semesters can be approved by the department. In case of postponed exam, the examination must be based on completed work requirements from the semester the teaching was followed.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes. For more information:

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Required courses are passed PLU8011 / PLU8021 or equivalent.

Masters degree or equivalent. PhD students are prioritized upon admission.

Students are expected to use their own empirical material

Admission restrictions*: The course is limited to a of maximum 25 students, where 6 spots are reserved for applicants from other institutions affiliated with NorTED ( If there are less than 5 applicants, the Department of Teacher Education reserves the right to cancel the course.
* Applicants will be ranked based on the following criteria and deadline for applications can be found here:

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PLU8016 0.0
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Teacher Education
  • School Development
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oppgave 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oppgave 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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