Ch 1: MTEL Biology: Scientific Inquiry

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to refresh your memory of topics having to do with scientific inquiry, such as the differences between using inductive and deductive reasoning. Engaging lessons including fun videos will explore key MTEL Biology content.

MTEL Biology: Scientific Inquiry - Chapter Summary

Look over the different sampling techniques in scientific investigations as part of your chapter review. Each of the major themes of scientific inquiry are broken down in this chapter's video lessons. Aside from sampling techniques, you'll also see the following issues discussed in this chapter as part of your MTEL Biology preparations:

  • The different steps of the scientific method
  • Experimental vs. control groups
  • Peer review and statistical significance
  • Research variables
  • Different types of research methods
  • Advances in science and technology since 1945

The text lessons have key terms that clearly point out some of the most significant items being discussed. After you look at a video you can easily return to any part of it with the video tags.

Objectives of the MTEL Biology: Scientific Inquiry Chapter

The information you review throughout this chapter will be in the first subarea of the MTEL Biology exam which is referred to as the Nature of Science subarea. This section has between 12 and 14 multiple-choice questions that give it a weighting of about 10%. Each of this chapter's lessons has a self-assessment quiz that gives you opportunities to practice answering related questions in the same multiple-choice format of the exam itself.

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: MTEL Biology: Scientific Inquiry
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Developing a Scientific Hypothesis

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.

True Experimental Design

5. True Experimental Design

Experiments are the classic way to conduct research in almost any field of study. But do you know how true experiments really work? This lesson explains the details of experimental design, such as different types of samples, control groups and independent vs. dependent variables.

Sampling Techniques In Scientific Investigations

6. Sampling Techniques In Scientific Investigations

We can learn a lot by gathering information from a small subset of a larger group. By sampling this smaller group, scientists can save time and money while still gaining a good understanding of the population as a whole.

What Are The Different Kinds of Research Methods?

7. 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

8. 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?

Inductive vs. Deductive Reasoning: Differences & Examples

9. Inductive vs. Deductive Reasoning: Differences & Examples

This lesson explores the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning in the form of psychological experiments. In addition to defining these terms, the lesson gives examples to explain how this reasoning is applied.

The Advance of Science & Technology Since 1945: Developments & Impact

10. The Advance of Science & Technology Since 1945: Developments & Impact

In this lesson, we explore just a few of the numerous advances and innovations made in the worlds of sciences and technology, from automobiles and televisions to computers and phones that can fit in the palm of your hand.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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