Course code PPAF400

PPAF400 Pholosophy of Science Action Research

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Course responsible: Sigrid Marie Gjøtterud, Erling Krogh
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
15 - 20 depending on number of participating teachers.
Teaching exam periods:
Teraching in the spring, evaluation in June.
Course frequency: When required.
First time: Study year 2017-2018
Preferential right:
Students who are admitted to PhD-programs at NMBU and Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences will be prioritized. Thereafter PhD- students from other Norwegian Universities and University Colleges are prioritized.
Course contents:
The course addresses different forms of Action Research, as an approach to the intertwining of research and change in social and educational science. Approaches to Action Research will be related to philosophical questions of what science means in social research, questions of researching practice and user-engagement in research. Epistemological, methodological and ethical perspectives on action research will be presented, discussed and related to examples of research projects. Reflections on connections between epistemological conceptual frameworks and practical choices in social and educational research will be emphasized.
Learning outcome:

On completion of the course, the candidate will have achieved the following learning outcomes:


The candidate has in-depth knowledge of:

  • historical and contemporary perspectives on Action Research, related to philosophy of science.
  • epistemological and methodological perspectives on Action Research
  • key questions related to research and ethics in the field.


The candidate:

  • has gained methodological competence in understanding and engaging in Action Research at a sufficiently high level to develop knowledge in his/her field of study.
  • can conduct epistemological analyses of complex relationships in relevant fields.
  • can formulate epistemological, methodological, and ethical problems in educational science research related to Action Research.
  • can give academically competent written and oral presentations at relevant conferences, both national and international.

General competence

The candidate:

  • can identify and establish constructive connections between theories, empirical data, and practices based on developed methodological competence in Action Research
  • has sufficient ethical competence to identify relevant ethical challenges in his/her research process.
  • can identify and discuss relationships and conflicts between more general scientific theories and knowledge theories in Action Research, related to his/her field of research.
Learning activities:
Organised tuition is given in the form of lectures, seminars, and academic supervision. Candidates are divided into small groups to prepare discussions and responses to written papers. Candidates are expected to actively participate in all the teaching activities. A considerable part of the academic supervision involves guidance on writing essays.
Teaching support:

The students will be organized in learning-groups where they will receive and give response to each other's essay texts, and they will receive supervision from the participating lecturers.

Course material will be available in Canvas.

Syllabus will be developed before course-start.
Masters degree.
Recommended prerequisites:

Students are expected to read course literature before the course to be able to participate actively in discussions and give feedback on each other's essays.

Students must prepare a brief outline of their field of interest regarding Action Research and upload it on the course room in Canvas one week before the course.


The candidate writes an individual essay maximum 7000 words. The paper must be related to relevant problems in the course syllabus, and recommended course-literature.

A developed version of the essay must be uploaded one week before the second gathering of the course. The final version for the exam must be submitted within six weeks after the course

Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
This PhD-course is open for PhD candidates and academic employees, teacher or others with masterdegree who wants to apply for PhD-stipends.
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
2 gatherings, each of 3 days.lectures and seminars with discussions and supervision. 36 hours in total. In addition 3 hours of individual supervision per student.
Supervisor and one other participating lecturerer will conduct the evaluation. Responsible teacher wil evaluate all the assignments.
Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått