SKOLE6224 - Research Methods in Mathematics Education (for Grades 8-13)


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home exam 100/100 A

Course content

This course addresses various qualitative research methods that are suitable for investigating phenomena related to the teaching and learning mathematics. The students will initiate and carry out an empirical study at their own school, which forms the basis of a scientific text constituting the assessment component of the course. It will be worked on formulating researchable questions and finding suitable theories and methods to answer them. Furthermore, it will be worked on the notion of a scientific text as a genre - that is, what elements such a text consists of.

Learning outcome


The candidate has:

  • advanced knowledge of the qualitative research paradigm
  • in-depth knowledge of various research designs
  • knowledge of methods for collecting and analysing empirical data in educational research
  • knowledge of ethical guidelines for social science research


The candidate can:

  • develop research questions that are relevant in mathematics education
  • make informed choices of methods for collecting and analysing empirical data
  • analyse qualitative data based on relevant theory
  • supervise colleagues who participate in developmental projects in mathematics teaching

General competence

The candidate can:

  • professionally assess developmental work and research related to mathematics teaching and learning
  • design and conduct empirical research into mathematics teaching and learning
  • disseminate results from empirical studies in school

Learning methods and activities

The course is conducted with three gatherings (seminars) in Trondheim. It is taken at the same time as the last part of Mathematical Modelling and ICT in Mathematics Teaching (Grade 11-13) (15 ECTS credits). Blackboard is used as the learning platform of the course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory assignments
  • Compulsory attendance

Further on evaluation

Mandatory activities: Between each gathering, mandatory assignments will be given. Some of these assignments will be related to work with pupils and colleagues at their own school. Mandatory attendance at gatherings.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
- (KLSMA8-13)
Teacher Specialist (MLS)

Required previous knowledge

The course is part of the study programme Continuing Education for Teacher Specialists in Mathematics, Grade 8-13. It cannot be taken as a single subject, but must be included in the comprehensive study programme of 60 ECTS credits. Participants are recruited through the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SKOLE6933 7.5 SPRING 2020
RFEL3100 6.0 SPRING 2020
LMM15005 6.0 SPRING 2020
LMM55005 6.0 SPRING 2020
DID3001 5.0 AUTUMN 2020
MGLU5235 5.0 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Further education, higher degree level


Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Department with administrative responsibility
Pro-Rector for Education


Examination arrangement: Home exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Home exam 100/100 A INSPERA
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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