Quantitative research methods in educational research

Third-cycle level | 5.0 credits | Course code: FOU1802
HT 2022
Study period: 2022-08-29 - 2023-01-15
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The course is given in Swedish but can be given in English if necessary
Application period: 2022-04-01 - 2022-05-15

Course description

The course will cover how quantitative methods may be used in researching educational science research questions. Point of departure in the course are basic social science methods with further contributions taken from recent developments in measurement theory. The course will also cover how problem statements and scientific claims can be coupled to measurement issues, research methods design and analysis. Validity, reliability and generalizability are central quality criteria that should be observed in all phases of the research process, as are considerations pertaining to research ethics. During the course students will discuss methodological issues and steps that can or should be taken for analyses and conclusions to be regarded as valid.

Through the course participants will acquire an overview and conceptual understanding of both basic quantitative research methodology as well as more advanced qualitative methods lying at the forefront of the educational science research tradition. The focus lies partly on the internal logic of quantitative methods in relation to pedagogical and social scientific research questions, and partly on key scientific concepts and quantitative research terminology.

Lectures and seminars on campus at half speed.

Target group

Doctoral students at the Faculty of Education at the University of Gothenburg and the CUL graduate school have priority over the course.

Quantitative methods in educational science research, 5 higher education credits is one of three compulsory method courses. Compulsory for all admitted to: child and youth studies, education, pedagogical work, subject matter education.


Requirements and Selection

Entry requirements

For admission to the course, the doctoral student has to be registered as a student in the third cycle in educational sciences or another social science or behavioural science subject. The doctoral student should also have passed the assessment criteria for the first obligatory method course “Qualitative research methods in educational research, 5 higher education credits”, or similar.


Priority to the course are given to doctoral students at the Faculty of Education at the University of Gothenburg, or to doctoral students enrolled in the research school CUL (Centre for Education Science and Teacher Research).

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Reading and reference list for the course


Department of Education and Special Education


Educational Science

Type of course

Method course


metod, method, kvantitativa forskningsmetoder , Quantitative research methods

CONTACTMonica Rosén