PPAF400 Philosophy of Science Action Research
There may be changes to the course due to to corona restrictions. See Canvas and StudentWeb for info.
Showing course contents for the educational year 2021 - 2022 .
Course responsible: Sigrid Marie Gjøtterud
Teachers: Erling Krogh
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: EN, NO
Limits of class size:
15 - 20 depending on number of participating teachers.
Teaching exam periods:
Teraching in the spring, evaluation in June.
Course frequency: <p>When required.</p><p>The course will not be taught the year 2021-22.</p>
First time: 2017H
Students who are admitted to PhD-programs at NMBU awill be prioritized. Thereafter PhD- students from other Norwegian Universities and University Colleges are prioritized.
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.
On completion of the course, the candidate will have achieved the following learning outcomes:
- Can discuss historical and contemporary perspectives on Action Research, related to philosophy of science.
- Can discuss epistemological and methodological perspectives on Action Research
- Give examples of key questions related to research and ethics in the field.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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
Marks: Passed/not passed
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 2-3 days, lectures and seminars with discussions and supervision. 36 hours in total. In addition 3 hours of individual supervision per student.
The course will not be taught the year 2020-2021.
Supervisor and one other participating lecturerer will conduct the evaluation. Responsible teacher wil evaluate all the assignments.
Examination details: Portfolio: Passed / Failed