Ch 19: MTLE Elementary Education: Scientific Inquiry

About This Chapter

Use the lessons in this chapter to refresh your knowledge of scientific and experimental methods so you can feel prepared for relevant questions on the MTLE Elementary Education exam.

MTLE Elementary Education: Scientific Inquiry - Chapter Summary

In this chapter you'll review how questions about the world turn into scientific experiments. You'll examine several methods for understanding scientific data and even explore the basics of lab safety. By the end of this chapter you will have studied:

  • Nature of science
  • Turning observations into scientific questions
  • Experimental design
  • Verifying scientific data
  • Tools used in science
  • Understanding data graphs and charts
  • Lab safety strategies
  • Chemical storage, use and disposal techniques

The lessons have been developed by professionals to aid you in easily understanding and retaining the information being reviewed. Each lesson contains a short video to help illustrate the material. The video's transcript is also included for text-based learning. You can take a self-assessment quiz at the end of each lesson to test your knowledge and see how questions may appear on the exam.

MTLE Elementary Education: Scientific Inquiry - Objectives

The MTLE Elementary Education exam is a requirement for educators in Minnesota who are hoping to teach at the elementary level. The exam is comprised of three subtests, and each subtest covers two major areas of content. The material reviewed in this chapter will prepare you for questions related to science on Subtest 3. Science questions account for 57% of the total score on Subtest 3.

Each of the three MTLE Elementary Education exam subtests contain approximately 50 multiple-choice questions. You will have one hour to complete each subtest. You can take them all on the same day, or schedule them for different occasions. You will need a minimum score of 240 on each of the subtests to qualify for professional certification.

8 Lessons in Chapter 19: MTLE Elementary Education: 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.

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.

Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

3. 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.

Scientific Sources: Accuracy, Reliability & Validity

4. Scientific Sources: Accuracy, Reliability & Validity

It's important to use other sources to support your work, but what's even more important is to use the right ones. Sources should be valid, reliable, and accurate, but it's not always easy to tell which ones meet these criteria.

Scientific Tools and Their Uses

5. Scientific Tools and Their Uses

A scientist relies on tools to help make observations, carry out experiments and take measurements. Learn about the scientific tools used in a lab and the advanced tools used by scientists in the life sciences.

How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

6. How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

How do scientists summarize their findings with visual aids? In this lesson, explore the different types of tables, charts and graphs that scientists use. Learn to read these effectively as a preview to your science studies.

Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment

7. Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment

Laboratory safety is not fun, but following the rules ensures that lab activities can be enjoyed by everyone. In this lesson, we cover some basic lab safety rules to follow that will help lab time be both safe and fun.

Safe Chemical Storage, Use & Disposal

8. Safe Chemical Storage, Use & Disposal

An important part of lab safety involves the correct usage, storage, and disposal of chemicals. Lab safety is everyone's responsibility, so it's important that you know the proper procedures and protocols for using chemicals in the lab.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 160 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Other Chapters

Other chapters within the MTLE Elementary Education: Practice & Study Guide course

Support