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Ch 1: MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Research Principles

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Brush up on the basic principles of scientific research, including how to design and assess a research project. Our videos, quizzes and other study aids will assist you in preparing for MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) questions in this area.

MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Research Principles - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to review information on scientific research, including research design and methods for displaying and interpreting scientific data. Our videos will help you answer MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) test questions on topics including:

  • Steps in the scientific method
  • Types of research methods
  • Experimental research design
  • Research variables
  • How to develop a research hypothesis and a null hypothesis
  • Control groups
  • The identification of various maps
  • How to interpret scientific graphs, tables and charts
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Different kinds of validity
  • Ways to determine reliability and validity of sources

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MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Research Principles Objectives

Passing the MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) test is one of Michigan's requirements for a teaching endorsement in elementary integrated science. Like the quizzes that follow each lesson, the exam consists entirely of multiple-choice questions, so completing our quizzes will give you a preview of the format you'll encounter on test day. The quizzes also help you assess your learning and see where you need extra study.

The MTTC test is divided into four sections. Each makes up 25% of the total score. Questions on material covered in this chapter are in the Foundations of Scientific Inquiry section.

14 Lessons in Chapter 1: MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Research Principles
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What is Scientific Research?

1. 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

2. 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.

What Are The Different Kinds of Research Methods?

3. 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.

The True Experimental Research Design

4. The True Experimental Research Design

You need to set up a true experiment to test a hypothesis and demonstrate a cause and effect relationship. This lesson will teach you how this is accomplished and when you are forced to use other research designs.

Research Variables: Dependent, Independent, Control, Extraneous & Moderator

5. 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?

Formulating the Research Hypothesis and Null Hypothesis

6. Formulating the Research Hypothesis and Null Hypothesis

After figuring out what you want to study, what is the next step in designing a research experiment? You, the researcher, write a hypothesis and null hypothesis. This lesson explores the process and terminology used in writing a hypothesis and null hypothesis.

What is a Control Group? - Definition and Use in Research

7. What is a Control Group? - Definition and Use in Research

In research, many times a condition is compared to a group that doesn't receive treatment. In this lesson, we'll look at what a control group is and why it is important.

How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

8. 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.

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.

Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps

10. Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps

This lesson will explain the different types of maps used to interpret and study our world. In doing this, it will focus on maps that deal in elevation, population, weather patterns and more.

What Are Descriptive Statistics? - Definition and Uses

11. What Are Descriptive Statistics? - Definition and Uses

This lesson is a simple walk-through of the common types of descriptive statistics and why they are important for understanding psychological research. You will likely be familiar with many of them but some you may not be.

Reliability & Validity in Psychology: Definitions & Differences

12. Reliability & Validity in Psychology: Definitions & Differences

How do validity and reliability contribute to study design in psychology? In this lesson, you'll look at how experiments can fail reliability and validity requirements to get an idea of the challenges behind conducting significant psychological research.

Generalization & External Validity

13. Generalization & External Validity

The point of research is to be able to generalize findings to the world at large. In this lesson, we'll look at three types of generalizing that make up external validity: across subjects, from procedures to constructs, and beyond the lab.

Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

14. Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources

In the business world, any research material must have support that can provide validity and reliability. The support must be credible and have documentation to show that it is well-researched, professional, peer-reviewed and recent.

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