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Ch 1: MTEL Physics: Scientific Research Overview

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Refresh your knowledge of the considerations involved in conducting scientific research. Our video lessons along with self-assessment quizzes help you effectively prepare for the MTEL Physics exam.

MTEL Physics: Scientific Research Overview - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this chapter provide an easy and engaging way for you to review the basics of scientific research to ensure that you are ready to answer these types of questions on the MTEL Physics exam. Lessons in this chapter:

  • Define scientific research
  • Identify the terms and steps in the scientific method
  • Discuss different kinds of research methods
  • Explain methods for formulating research hypotheses
  • Examine various research variables

Our expert physics instructors offer clear and easy-to-follow guidance. We also provide full transcripts of each lesson to give you alternative approaches to learning this subject matter. Take an exam at the end of the chapter to test your comprehension of the scientific research content taught in each lesson.

MTEL Physics: Scientific Research Overview - Chapter Objectives

The MTEL is required for teachers seeking prekindergarten, elementary and secondary school teaching licenses in the state of Massachusetts. MTEL subject-matter exams are used to assess an educator's knowledge and ability to communicate with students about the subject they intend to teach.

The MTEL Physics exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 open-response assignments which require a written 1-2 page response. The exam is broken down into 7 subareas. The information covered in this Scientific Research Overview chapter falls under the Nature of Science subarea, which has 14-16 multiple-choice questions. The self-assessment quizzes at the end of our video lessons help you review key concepts for the MTEL Physics exam and prepare you for the format you'll find on the multiple-choice portion of the exam.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: MTEL Physics: Scientific Research Overview
The Nature of Science

1. The Nature of Science

This lesson will explore the basic nature of science. It will distinguish science from pseudoscience and hypothesis from theory and natural law; it will give plenty of examples of each.

What is Scientific Research?

2. What is Scientific Research?

This lesson will discuss important components of scientific research, including the scientific method, peer review, statistical significance, and more!

The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

3. The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

The scientific method is more than just hypotheses and experiments. In this lesson, we'll explore the themes and variations that make up the world of science.

What Are The Different Kinds of Research Methods?

4. What Are The Different Kinds of Research Methods?

This lesson will go over some important research methods, including observation, correlation, and experimentation, as well as examples of each type of methodology.

Research Variables: Dependent, Independent, Control, Extraneous & Moderator

5. Research Variables: Dependent, Independent, Control, Extraneous & Moderator

This lesson explores the terminology of experimental design. What are variables? How do they influence each other? Is it possible that you are seeing connections that don't actually exist?

Formulating the Research Hypothesis and Null Hypothesis

6. Formulating the Research Hypothesis and Null Hypothesis

After figuring out what you want to study, what is the next step in designing a research experiment? You, the researcher, write a hypothesis and null hypothesis. This lesson explores the process and terminology used in writing a hypothesis and null hypothesis.

How to Avoid Bias in Scientific Investigations

7. How to Avoid Bias in Scientific Investigations

In this video lesson, you will learn what it takes to conduct a proper scientific investigation while doing your best to avoid any possibility of bias. Learn where possible sources of bias can come from and what you can do about it.

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