PhD course offered by the PhD programme in Educational Sciences for Teacher Education
Philosophical, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Action Research
This course is one of two PhD-courses on Action Research. Course 2 builds on Course 1. This first 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.
The target group is PhD candidates / students who want to learn about Action Research as an approach to combine development and research.
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, then external applicants.
Those applicants who are not enrolled in the PhD Programme in Educational Sciences for Teacher Education will have to send a summary of max. one A4 sheet with relevant information about their own ph.d. project or other project/sphere of interest containing the topic, methodology, theoretical approach, how far they are in their ph.d. 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 knowledge of historical and contemporary perspectives on Action Research, related to philosophy of science
- has knowledge of key questions related to research and ethics in the field
- can analyze relationships between theories of knowledge and Action Research
- can formulate epistemological, methodological, and ethical problems in educational science research related to Action Research
- can give academically competent oral presentations at relevant national and international conferences
- 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
- can give well-structured presentations of basic qualities and issues in Action Research
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.
Preparations for the course
Students are expected to read the syllabus before the course to be able to participate actively in discussions.
Forms of assessment, examination and use of examiners. Assessment/grade
The candidate prepares a fifteen minutes’ oral presentation of aspects of Action Research that she/he finds particularly interesting, based on the syllabus. The presentation can be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. Following the presentation there will be a five to ten minutes sequence in which the candidate responds to questions from the examiners. The presentation 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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