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UV9918V2 – Boundaries, breaches and bridges

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The course is offered in collaboration with the HumStud research group.

Responsible: Torill Strand, University of Oslo


David Bridges, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

Moira von Wright, Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Sweden

Harald Jarning, University of Oslo

Tone Kvernbekk, University of Oslo

Daniel Sundberg, Linnaeus University

In this course we discuss recent changes in the field of education and what implications these changes can (and should) mean for our understanding of the nature of educational science. These changes include a massive growth of the field, mainly related to teacher education research; the dissolving of the traditional disciplinary boundaries; the evidence-based movement which professes a largely a-theoretical approach, and the concomitant changes in the status of educational research. Using meta-theoretical perspectives to discuss and portray the field we shall address three main issues. (1) The twin problems of fragmentation of the field and the need to keep it together, coherent and identifiable as education. (2) The notions of disciplinarity, multidisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity and their implications for educational research. (3) Different conceptualizations of the nature of educational science, its legitimate aims and scope.

The course format will consist of invited paper presentations and discussions. There are only 4 presentations, so there is ample time for discussion and participant interaction. Students are encouraged to prepare to bring topics/questions from their own research into the discussions.

The course is co-extensive with the pre-conference organized by the Philosophy of Education Network at NERA.


  • Knowledge of meta-theoretical perspectives and the current state of the discussions in this field
  • Reflection on the place and position of own research project in the field of education


PhD candidates at the Faculty of Educational Sciences will be given priority, but it is also possible for others to apply for the course. Applicants must have at least a Master's degree.

Candidates admitted to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Educational Sciences should apply through Studentweb

Other applicants may apply using this application form

Registration deadline: February 18, 2018.


This is an intensive course over two days, comprising a total of 9 hours.

Dates: March 7-8, 2018

Place: University of Oslo, Helga Engs hus, Room 231 

You will find the timetable and the reading list on the semester webpage for this course.

Course programme (pdf)


To obtain 1 study point, 80% attendance in the course is required.

To obtain 3 study points, participants need to submit a course paper reflecting on issues concerning education as a science and disciplinarity related to their own research  (5-7 pages, Times New Roman 12, line spacing 1,5) after the course. The deadline for essay submission is April 30, 2018. 80% attendance is required.

Papers are to be submitted electronically to Torill Strand ( with a copy to Olga Mukhina (

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Spring 2018


Spring 2018

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