About This Chapter
CEOE Earth Science: Scientific Inquiry - Chapter Summary
If you go through the lessons in this chapter, you can pick up important details about scientific observation. You will also have the opportunity to review the following topics:
- Definition of scientific research
- Creating a scientific hypothesis
- Communication and ethical issues with scientific research
- Avoiding bias in scientific investigations
- Independent and dependent variables
- Controls and variables
Lessons give you an accurate idea of the topics that are going to be addressed on the CEOE Earth Science exam, which are science-related. There are self-assessment quizzes available to help you check your knowledge while working through each lesson.
CEOE Earth Science: Scientific Inquiry - Chapter Objectives
As part of attaining your certification to teach Earth science courses in Oklahoma, you will take the CEOE Earth Science exam, which will gauge your knowledge of related topics. The concepts in this interactive chapter are part of the multiple-choice questions on the scientific inquiry part of the exam, and make up 13% of the test. These lessons may also prepare you for the constructed-response question, which comprises 15% of the exam and is focused on the foundations of scientific inquiry. The materials in each lesson will review topics about which the exam may test you.
1. How Scientific Observations Lead to Scientific Questioning
Scientific observations are a major component of the scientific process because they lead scientists to ask questions about the world around them. These questions may then be refined with continued observation, or they may be tested through experimentation.
2. What is Scientific Research?
This lesson will discuss important components of scientific research, including the scientific method, peer review, statistical significance, and more!
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.
4. Developing a Scientific Hypothesis
This video describes how to create a hypothesis and includes the three main things needed to create a strong hypothesis. You'll learn how to make a clear statement that can be both tested and measured.
5. Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method
What are the requirements of a scientific experiment? How do scientists turn hypotheses into theories and laws? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson on the design of scientific experiments.
6. Variables & Controls in a Science Experiment
After watching this video, you will be able to explain how science experiments are conducted; what variables, controlled variables, and controls are: and why these things are important. A short quiz will follow.
7. Identifying & Interpreting Independent & Dependent Variables
Scientists answer questions by performing experiments that have an independent variable, a dependent variable and at least one control variable. By controlling, adjusting and measuring these variables, scientists find answers to their questions.
8. Researcher Variables that Affect Internal Validity
Scientists want only the independent variable to affect the outcome of their studies, but sometimes it is the things they do themselves that change the outcome. We'll look at three common researcher-related variables: researcher bias, selection bias, and researcher personality in this lesson.
9. How to Avoid Bias in Scientific Investigations
In this 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.
10. Scientific Research: Communication & Ethical Issues
Learn why ethical and accurate communication in scientific research is important and why scientific ethics are such a big deal. Ethical violations in scientific research can put people's lives at risk and stall progress in the field.
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Other chapters within the OSAT Earth Science (CEOE) (008): Practice & Study Guide course
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- CEOE Earth Science: Collecting, Analyzing & Presenting Data
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- CEOE Earth Science: Laboratory & Equipment Procedures
- CEOE Earth Science: History & Applications
- CEOE Earth Science: Earth Science Phenomena & Social Implications
- CEOE Earth Science: Natural Resources & Human Impact
- CEOE Earth Science: Environmental Ethics & Management
- CEOE Earth Science: The Earth & Moon
- CEOE Earth Science: The Sun
- CEOE Earth Science: Solar System
- CEOE Earth Science: Stars
- CEOE Earth Science: Galaxies
- CEOE Earth Science: The Universe
- CEOE Earth Science: Atmosphere
- CEOE Earth Science: Weather
- CEOE Earth Science: Weather Forecasting
- CEOE Earth Science: Climate
- CEOE Earth Science: Climate Change
- CEOE Earth Science: Rocks & Minerals
- CEOE Earth Science: Earth's Internal Structure
- CEOE Earth Science: Plate Tectonics
- CEOE Earth Science: Weathering, Erosion & Deposition
- CEOE Earth Science: Geologic History
- CEOE Earth Science: Hydrologic Systems
- CEOE Earth Science: Freshwater Systems
- CEOE Earth Science: Oceans
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