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Ch 1: MTTC History: Historical Research

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Prepare for the MTTC History exam with lessons on primary and secondary sources, historical theories and methods for assessing the validity of source material. Short videos and quizzes cover these topics and more to help you study for test questions covering historical research concepts.

MTTC History: Historical Research - Chapter Summary

Review some of the tools, techniques and best practices for conducting and interpreting historical research with this chapter's lessons. The short videos can prepare you for MTTC History exam questions on the following topics:

  • Tools for organizing historical events and research
  • Primary and secondary sources
  • Historical theories and interpretations
  • Perspectives on historical issues
  • History instructional strategies
  • Historical research methods
  • Analysis and validation of historical documents
  • Cause-and-effect relationships in history
  • Visual representations of historical data

Take advantage of our instructors' expertise and conversational teaching style to prepare for the MTTC History test. Short videos and lesson quizzes can be used to quickly and easily review the topics you're interested in studying and help you find out what's covered on the exam.

MTTC History: Historical Research Objectives

The MTTC History exam includes 100 multiple-choice questions and is used to determine the preparedness of applicants for history teacher licensure in Michigan. Lessons in this chapter can help you prepare for the ten questions falling under the Historical Concepts and Skills content domain.

These types of questions assess your knowledge of factors influencing the interpretation of historical events as well as your ability to conduct and analyze historical research. Questions also cover the educational tools and instructional techniques used to help students understand the study of history.

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: MTTC History: Historical Research
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Organizing History with Calendars, Maps & Periodization

1. Organizing History with Calendars, Maps & Periodization

While historians may not have fancy labs to help make sense of their work, this does not mean that they are without specialized tools. This lesson discusses three of those tools, namely calendars, maps and periodization.

Primary vs. Secondary Resources in Historical Research

2. Primary vs. Secondary Resources in Historical Research

Good history and good cooking can both be ruined by not using the proper ingredients. This lesson explains why that is true while describing the roles of primary and secondary sources.

How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past

3. How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past

Unlike scientists looking for a theory of everything, historians know that there are many different theories to explain the past. This lesson shows how different theories work together to help provide historians with the best view possible.

Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events From Diverse Perspectives

4. Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events From Diverse Perspectives

Ever watched a football game with someone who was cheering for the other team and disagreed on the validity of a call? Then you've encountered the same problem historians find with diverse perspectives.

Strategies & Resources for Developing Historical Knowledge

5. Strategies & Resources for Developing Historical Knowledge

When you start making a conscious attempt to develop historical knowledge, it can often seem like too much, too fast. This lesson explains how to focus on gaining historical knowledge the right way, so that it is more like a closet than a list of names and dates.

What is Historical Research? - Definition, Method & Steps

6. What is Historical Research? - Definition, Method & Steps

Doing historical research isn't as simple as solving a math problem. Instead, it requires just the right approach, or else you are likely to find a wrong answer. This lesson explains some common pitfalls, as well as the steps required to do good research.

Using Technology to Gather & Manage Historical Evidence

7. Using Technology to Gather & Manage Historical Evidence

Think that historians do research like they always have? Think again. This lesson shows how the work of the historian is rapidly changing and how your picture of a dinner out could one day be a primary source.

How to Analyze Historical Documents & Narratives

8. How to Analyze Historical Documents & Narratives

Just like detectives, historians have to analyze all sorts of sources, including documents and narratives, in order to find out what really happened. This lesson explains some of the things historians must consider when doing so.

Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives

9. Evaluating the Validity of Historical Documents & Narratives

Historians have to analyze a great deal of data in order to find out what sources are worthwhile. However, many sources may not be valid. This lesson explains how historians are able to find out which sources are worth their attention.

Understanding History Through Cause-and-Effect Relationships

10. Understanding History Through Cause-and-Effect Relationships

Did you know that the seeds of the destruction of the Ming Dynasty were planted in 1492? Or an accidental suntan launched a multi-billion dollar industry? Cause and effect relationships are at the core of understanding history.

How to Interpret Visual Representations of Historical Data

11. How to Interpret Visual Representations of Historical Data

Think that historians only rely on dense textbooks full of nothing but words, dates, and more words? Think again. Historians actually use a variety of visual representations, ranging from images that they create to visuals that are sources themselves.

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