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Ch 3: MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Scientific Thought & Inquiry

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Let us help you refresh your knowledge of the process of scientific inquiry and the things that can influence it. Our lessons and quizzes offer solid preparation for these types of questions on the MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) test.

MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Scientific Thought & Inquiry - Chapter Summary

Use our lessons to review information on scientific theory, scientific law and scientific investigation as you prepare for the MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) test. The tools in this chapter of our study guide can help you answer test questions on:

  • The nature of science
  • Steps in scientific investigation
  • Definition of scientific theory
  • Scientific law
  • How researcher variables can influence internal validity
  • Differences between inductive and deductive reasoning

Our instructors use examples and humor to make these lessons come alive. These videos are short, about five minutes each, and you can watch them anytime on a computer or mobile device. A written transcript is provided for every lesson, and lesson quizzes and a chapter exam let you evaluate your progress.

MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Scientific Thought & Inquiry Objectives

Michigan has made passing the MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) test one of its requirements for obtaining an endorsement to teach elementary integrated science. This exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions in four sections. Questions on material discussed in this chapter are in the Foundations of Scientific Inquiry section, which accounts for 25% of the test's total score.

Taking the lesson quizzes that accompany each of our videos will give you good practice answering questions in the format you'll find on the MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary) test. The quizzes also provide a way to assess your learning.

6 Lessons in Chapter 3: MTTC Integrated Science (Elementary): Scientific Thought & 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 Investigation? - Definition, Steps & Examples

2. 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.

What is the Scientific Theory? - Definition, Characteristics & Example

3. What is the Scientific Theory? - Definition, Characteristics & Example

In this lesson, you'll learn the definition and characteristics of a scientific theory and understand how theories are formulated. You'll see examples of scientific theories, and after the lesson you can test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

What is a Scientific Law? - Definition & Examples

4. What is a Scientific Law? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about scientific laws. The topic will be defined for you and several types of scientific laws will be described. Finally, examples of scientific laws and theories will be provided to assist you with learning the difference between the two terms.

Researcher Variables that Affect Internal Validity

5. Researcher Variables that Affect Internal Validity

Scientists want only the independent variable to affect the outcome of their studies, but sometimes it is the things they do themselves that change the outcome. We'll look at three common researcher-related variables: researcher bias, selection bias, and researcher personality in this lesson.

Inductive vs. Deductive Reasoning: Differences & Examples

6. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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