PHUV9350 Action Research. Course 1: Philosophical, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Action Research Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Aksjonsforskning 1
Study programme
Ph.d.-program i utdanningsvitenskap for lærerutdanning
Ph.d.-program i utdanningsvitenskap for lærerutdanning
Year of study
Course history


Approved by the Doctoral Committee 24 May 2018. Minor changes approved 27.04.2020.

This PhD-course is open for candidates at the PhD Program in Educational Sciences for Teacher Education, other PhD candidates and academic employees.

Language: English (and Norwegian, dependent on the language of participants).

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.

Learning outcomes

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


The candidate:

  • 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.


The candidate:

  • 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

General competence

The candidate:

  • 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 learning methods

Organised tuition is given in the form of lectures and seminars. Candidates are expected to actively participate in all the teaching activities.

Course requirements

Students are expected to read the syllabus before the course to be able to participate actively in discussions.


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. 

New and postponed examination

In case of failed exam/legal absence, the student can have a new exam under the same conditions when a new/postponed exam is arranged.


Regulations for new or postponed examinations are available in Regulations relating to studies and examinations at OsloMet. Students must register for a new or postponed examination. More detailed information about registration and times for new or postponed examinations is available on the web site.

Grading scale

The learning outcomes serve as criteria for assessments. The grades are "pass" or "fail".


The presentation will be assessed by the course coordinator and a member of the academic staff involved in the PhD program.

Admission requirements

Target Group

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.

Admission requirements

The admission requirement is a five-year master’s degree (three years + two years) or equivalent qualifications in teacher education, other pedagogical education, educational science, development studies, or other education on equivalent level in subjects relevant for teacher education.

In case of a large number of applicants, PhD-students enrolled in the PhD programme in Educational Sciences for Teacher Education will be prioritized, then students in other PhD-programmes, then academic employees at the Faculty of Teacher Education and International Studies.

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.