Epistemology, Methodology and Ethics in Action Research Projects
This course is one of two PhD courses on Action Research. Course 2 builds on Course 1. In this second course, 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 educational action research are emphasized.
The target group is PhD candidates / students who plan to conduct Action Research projects and want to learn more about epistemology, methodology and ethics related to their own work.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Completed Course 1, or that candidates / students can document competence equivalent to Course 1. In such cases, the student must apply for approval from the head of the program.
The course is aimed at PhD candidates admitted to the PhD Program in Educational Sciences for Teacher Education. It is also open to other applicants. The admission requirement is a five-year master’s degree (three years + two years), or equivalent qualification or other qualifications in teacher education, educational science or development studies.
In case of a large number of applicants, PhD candidates enrolled in the PhD program in Educational Sciences for Teacher Education will be prioritized, then other academic employees at the Faculty of Teacher Education and International studies and the Centre for the Study of Professions, then external applicants.
Those applicants who are not enrolled in the PhD Program in Educational Sciences for Teacher Education will have to send a summary of max. one A4 sheet with relevant information about their own PhD project or other project/sphere of interest containing the topic, methodology, theoretical approach, how far they are in their PhD work and why this particular subject is relevant for their project.
On completion of the course, the candidate will have achieved the following learning outcomes:
- has in-depth knowledge of epistemological and methodological perspectives on Action Research Projects
- has in-depth knowledge of the role of the researcher in action research projects
- 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 give academically competent written presentations of a relevant topic within action research
- 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
Teaching and working methods
Organised tuition is given in the form of lectures and seminars. Candidates are expected to actively participate in all the teaching activities. Candidates will receive academic supervision on writing essays.
Forms of assessment, examination and use of examiners. Assessment/grade
The candidate writes an individual essay of between 4000 – 6000 words. It can be written in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. The essay must be related to relevant themes in the course syllabus. The theme of the essay shall be approved by the course coordinator in advance. The essay must be submitted within six weeks after the course. It will be assessed by the course coordinator and a member of the academic staff involved in the PhD program. The learning outcomes serve as criteria for assessments. The grades are “pass” or “fail”.
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