Methodology in early childhood mathematics education research

Third-cycle level | 7.5 credits | Course code: FOU2100
HT 2021
Study period: 2021-09-01 - 2022-06-05
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The course is given in Swedish but can be given in English if necessary
Application period: 2021-04-01 - 2021-05-15

Course description

The course Methodology in early childhood mathematics education research offers deep insights to methodological questions that are raised in research on mathematics learning in the early years. Specific immersion is done regarding research designs, methods for data generation, approaches for quantitative and qualitative analyses, and ethical questions in research. The course contribute to knowledge about theoretical approaches and methodological contributions to the field of early mathematics learning, limitations and benefits of different methods that will develop students preparedness to design research projects but also critically evaluate the knowledge contribution that different methodological choices entail.
The course consists of three workshops with following themes:

  1. Formulating problems and design for researching children’s mathematics learning (21-09-2021)
  2. Methodological challenges, focusing quantitative and qualitative methods, large- and small scale research designs (10-11-2021)
  3. How to operationalize aim and research questions with pedagogical aims and implications, and ethical questions in research (16-02-2022).

Invited experts participate in the workshops with lectures and guidance in practical-oriented
work regarding the topics outlined in the themes. These are further elaborated through literature
reading and collaborative work in seminars. Included in the course is also participation in an
international conference within the field of the course’s knowledge area (11-05-2022--13-05-2022).

Requirements and Selection

Entry requirements

Admission to the course requires admission to a postgraduate programme.


If there are more applicants then the number of seats the following order of priority will apply:

  1. Doctoral students at the Faculty of Education, University of Gothenburg, Linnaeus University and Stavanger University.
  2. Doctoral students at another faculty, University of Gothenburg
  3. Doctoral students accepted at Chalmers
  4. Doctoral students admitted at other universities

Educational partnership

The course is given in collaboration with Linnaeus University and FILIORUM-Centre of Research in Early Childhood and Care at the Stavanger University. 

Other information

Online and campus-based workshops and lectures. The course finishes with participation in an international research conference on early mathematics education.

Course syllabus



Department of Education, Communication and Learning


Natural Science and Mathematics, Educational Science

Type of course

Method course


mathematics education, research methodology, research design, Matematiklärande, forskningsmetod, forskningsdesign

CONTACTCamilla Björklund