Tone Kvernbekk

Professor, Deputy Head and Head of Studies
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Phone +47-22858164
Room 563
Available hours By appointment
Visiting address Helga Engs hus Sem Sælands vei 7 0317 OSLO
Postal address 0317 OSLO P.O.Box 1092

Educational background

  • 1995: Ph.D.; University of Oslo
  • 1990: Master Degree in Education, University of Oslo
  • 1987: Bachelor of Art: Philosophy, Social Anthropology, and Sociology of Education
  • 1983: Teacher Education College Degree

Professional background

  • 2004 - : Professor in the Department of Education, University of Oslo
  • 2006 - 2014: Adjunct Professor, The Norwegian Defence University College
  • 2002 - 2004: Associate Professor, Department of Education
  • 1999 - 2002: Associate Professor, Lillehammer University College
  • 1996 - 1999: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Dept of Ed/Research Council of Norway
  • 1991 - 1995: Research Fellow, Dept of Ed/Research Council of Norway
  • 1990: Teacher at the Arts Teacher Education College, Oslo

Research interests

Tone Kvernbekk`s professional interests are primarily philosophy of science, philosophy of education, and narrative theory. Narrative theory is an interdisciplinary field which branches into argumentation theory, philosophy of history and rhetoric. This rather diverse set of interests is kept together by a constant attendance to standards of philosophical reasoning, and by a preoccupation with implications of all of these approaches for educational research and theory.

Current activities

See descriptions of research projects.


Completed projects

Evidence-based Practice in Education: Functions of Evidence and Causal Presuppositions. The project was finished in 2015, with the publication of a book (Routledge). The project argues among other things that evidence emanating from RCTs only serve an indirect role; that many kinds of evidence are needed to make a decision whether a method of instruction will work in one's local context; that interventions should be understood as INUS-conditions; that stability of context is of paramount importance; and that things may go wrong in very unexpected ways.


Studies in Educational Theorizing (Pedagogisk teoridannelse). An extended and revised version, in Norwegian, of the doctoral dissertation from 1994 (which was titled "In Search of the Nature of Educational Theories"). The project is a philosophical treatment of a selection of problems in educational theorizing; based on a well-developed conception of scientific theories. Project finished 2005.


A Goal-Directed Science Education Theory for Nonscientists: Its Development and Application. This was an international project which ran from May 1996 to April 1999. The project was led by Professor Stephen P. Norris, Memorial University of Newfoundland (currently University of Alberta); and financed by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Main administrative tasks

  • 2015 - 2017: Appointed Head of Studies
  • 2013 - 2016: Appointed member of the Research Ethics Committee at the University of Oslo
  • 2008 - 2010: Head of the Humantities Studies in Pedagogy Research School, as well as Head of the Humanities Studies in Pedagogy Research Group
  • 2004 - 2006: Director of the Doctoral Programme, Department of Education
  • 2002 - 2004: Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, "Freshman" level (grunnfag and UTVIT1000)


  • Courses in Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Education, at Master and Doctoral levels.
  • Supervision of a number of students.
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