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Methods of Scientific Inquiry - Chapter Summary
This chapter is filled with bite-sized lessons you can study at your own pace to strengthen your knowledge of the methods of scientific inquiry. Get reacquainted with descriptive studies, formal and informal assessments and more. After completing this chapter, you will be able to:
- Outline the steps and share examples of the scientific method
- Define and provide an example of descriptive studies
- Explain how scientists choose a method for investigating a scientific question
- Discuss ways educators can promote logical reasoning and scientific problem solving in students
- Share ways formal and informal assessments can be used to test scientific inquiry
We offer a self-paced format that makes it easy for you to study the methods of scientific inquiry your way. Feel free to choose the lessons you wish to review and visit as often as you'd like, using any computer or mobile device. Take the accompanying quizzes before, during or after studying the lessons to ensure you fully comprehend concepts they cover. When you're ready, find out how well you understand this entire chapter by taking the comprehensive chapter exam.
1. 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.
2. Descriptive Studies: Definition & Example
In science, there are many different types of questions that we try to answer. In this lesson, we will learn what questions are answered with descriptive studies and how they are answered.
3. Choosing a Method for Investigating a Scientific Question
Scientists spend their lives investigating the world. But there are many ways a scientist can investigate a topic. Learn about the various methods scientists use to investigate topic, and how they choose a method by understanding their strengths and weaknesses.
4. Promoting Logical Reasoning & Scientific Problem Solving in Students
Logical reasoning is a practical skill students need to learn in order to be successful in math and science courses. In this lesson, we will look at the challenges to teaching logical reasoning. Additionally, we will look at teaching logic in the context of science.
5. Using Formal & Informal Assessments to Test Scientific Inquiry
Scientific inquiry is an important skill for learners at all grade levels. In order to assess this type of learning, science educators should use a mixture of formal and informal assessments. Learn about characteristics and examples of each type.
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