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Ch 20: MTEL Adult Basic Education: Scientific Inquiry

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Refresh your research and inquiry skills as you work through the lessons in the Scientific Inquiry chapter of our MTEL Adult Basic Education test prep course. The comprehensive nature of these lessons makes this chapter an excellent study tool.

MTEL Adult Basic Education: Scientific Inquiry - Chapter Summary

Begin your review of scientific inquiry and methodology with the impact and revelations that characterized the Scientific Revolution. Every facet of modern scientific research, experimentation, analysis and evaluation is presented here for you. The lessons contain the material in the following list:

  • Origin and development of modern scientific thought
  • Experimentation and the scientific process
  • Conducting science experiments safely
  • Definition and explanation of scientific research
  • Data analysis: tools, table and graphs
  • Reporting your findings
  • Assessing and evaluating scientific arguments

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MTEL Adult Basic Education: Scientific Inquiry Chapter Objectives

As part of the teacher licensure process, the MTEL Adult Basic Education exam tests your basic knowledge against state-established criteria. The lessons in this chapter address the competencies found in Subarea V: Science, which contains about 11 questions and accounts for 10% of the score. The MTEL Adult Basic Education is a computer-based test.

In addition to the 100 multiple-choice questions you will encounter on the MTEL Adult Basic Education, there are two open-ended response assignments that you must complete. For each of the topics given or questions asked, you must produce a written composition. The length requirement ranges from between 150 and 300 words.

12 Lessons in Chapter 20: MTEL Adult Basic Education: Scientific Inquiry
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Effects of the Scientific Revolution

1. Effects of the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we explore the philosophical, religious, and cultural effects of the Scientific Revolution on Early Modern society - effects that forever changed the Western view of the universe and humanity's place within it.

How Scientific Observations Lead to Scientific Questioning

2. 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.

What is Scientific Investigation? - Definition, Steps & Examples

3. What is Scientific Investigation? - Definition, Steps & Examples

Scientific investigation is the way in which scientists and researchers use a systematic approach to answer questions about the world around us. Read on to find out more. A quiz is provided to test your understanding.

Scientific Experiment: Definition & Examples

4. Scientific Experiment: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about the process of a scientific experiment. First, the lesson will outline the definition and give a short history of scientific experimentation. Then the types will be described and, finally, an example of a scientific experiment will be provided.

Design a Scientific Experiment: Example of Avery and Griffith's Experiment

5. Design a Scientific Experiment: Example of Avery and Griffith's Experiment

What are the requirements of a scientific experiment? How do scientists design their investigations? In this lesson, we'll use the work of Avery and Griffith to explore the process of experimental design.

Understanding Risks & Taking Safety Precautions in Science Experiments

6. Understanding Risks & Taking Safety Precautions in Science Experiments

An important step in designing your experiment involves identifying and evaluating any potential safety risks. Knowing what these risks are ahead of time can help you avoid accidents and dangerous situations, which helps keep the experiment safe and fun for all.

What is Scientific Research?

7. What is Scientific Research?

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

Using Appropriate Tools for Scientific Tests & Data Collection

8. Using Appropriate Tools for Scientific Tests & Data Collection

A properly run experiment depends on using the right tools, both for data collection and analysis. In the end, it will save you time, money and frustration to spend some time planning out which tools are most appropriate for your work.

Interpreting Tables of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

9. Interpreting Tables of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

Complex table problems getting you down? Multi-question, situational problems don't have to be a drag on your testing performance. Learn how to apply three simple rules as we walk through two table problems together.

Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

10. Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

Do charts and graphs make problem-solving difficult? Complex problems with visual representations can drain your brain during a test. In this lesson, learn three simple rules for solving problems with charts and graphs. We'll try them out as we walk through two sample problems.

Organizing & Reporting Experimental Results

11. Organizing & Reporting Experimental Results

This lesson discusses how to present experimental results in a scientific paper, and includes writing style, why it is important to be selective in reporting data, and when to use text, tables, and figures.

How to Evaluate Scientific Claims & Arguments

12. How to Evaluate Scientific Claims & Arguments

When you hear about the new scientific discovery, how can you be sure that it's true? Learn how to evaluate scientific claims and arguments, and then test your new skills with a quiz.

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