RFEL3100 - Research Methods in Mathematics and Science Education


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course is designed for students who intend to write a master thesis in mathematics or science education. The course gives an introduction to the theory of science, discussing various research paradigms and how ontological and epistemological assumptions held by the researcher influences the employed research methods. Further, the course will give an introduction to research designs and research methods which are relevant in mathematics and science education. This entails discussing various methods for collecting and analyzing primarily qualitative data. The students carry out a small scale qualitative study that works as a pilot to the individual's master’s project.

Learning outcome

This course gives the student insight into different research traditions relevant for research in mathematics and science education. The student will develop knowledge about different research designs and different methods for collecting and analyzing data. This should enable the student to develop researchable questions and to make informed choices about collecting and analyzing data in order to design and carry out independent empirical investigations. The student should also develop knowledge about issues linked to validity and reliability as well as ethical aspects of research. This course, together with other courses and relevant theory, should enable the student to carry out a scientific inquiry and write a master’s thesis.

Learning methods and activities

The teaching is organized as lectures, seminars, and student presentations. The teaching in the course will to a large extent be linked to the student's own research questions and methods for the master’s project. The course requires a high degree of student participation, and it is expected that all students contribute to discussions, presentations and other activities.

Compulsory assignments

  • 80 % participation
  • Empirical inquiry
  • Presentation

Further on evaluation

See «Teaching methods and activities».

Required previous knowledge

To be admitted to the course it is required that at least 30 ECTS of Practical Teacher Training (PPU) is completed.

Course materials

Rienecker, L., & Jørgensen, P. S. (2013). Den gode oppgaven. Håndbok i oppgaveskriving på universitet og høyskole (2. utg.). Bergen: Høyskoleforlaget.

Robson, C., & McCartan, K. (2016). Real world research (4. utg). Chichester, UK: Wiley.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
RFEL3092 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
EDU3510 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
SKOLE6214 6.0 SPRING 2020
SKOLE6224 6.0 SPRING 2020
SKOLE6933 6.0 AUTUMN 2018
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Didactics in Mathematics
  • Didactics of Natural Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mathematical Sciences


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100



Room Building Number of candidates
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