Nonscientific and Scientific Research: Definitions and Differences


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You decide to throw an umbrella in your car before leaving the house because it feels like rain to you, even though the weather forecast isn't calling for rain. This is an example of which of the following?

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1. John is really nervous to fly to the Bahamas for his honeymoon. However, he has chosen to put aside his fear because he knows that flying is actually safer than driving to another destination. This is an example of using _____.

2. 'I knew someone with mental problems, so everyone with mental problems must be like that,' is an example of _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of how research used to be conducted. Quiz topics include examples of scientific and nonscientific research.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Examples of type of research
  • Common purposes of both scientific and nonscientific research

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about types of research
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the types of research and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as scientific and nonscientific research

Additional Learning

To learn more about research, review the corresponding lesson called Nonscientific and Scientific Research: Definitions and Differences. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand the basis for scientific research
  • Know what nonscientific research involves and its inherent difference from scientific research
  • Appreciate the five different uses of nonscientific research and their characteristics
  • Identify examples from all types of nonscientific research
  • Explain what authority is and means