About This Chapter
MTTC Physical Science: Scientific Inquiry - Chapter Summary
Sometimes the first steps into a field are the most important, and the foundational information about scientific inquiry discussed in this chapter will prove quite vital for teachers getting ready to inspire young minds. These lessons can help prepare you for answering related questions on the MTTC Physical Science exam. As you view each of the videos, pay attention to these key areas:
- Scientific philosophy
- The characteristics of science
- The tenets of scientific research
- Using reliable scientific sources
- Quality standards for scientific studies
- Building sound hypotheses
Even though this chapter covers fundamental principles you went over during your own introductory science classes, don't dismiss this information as too simplistic or unimportant. This topic is on the MTTC Physical Science exam, because as a teacher you have to be ready to share this basic information again and again to your students. That's why we have constructed these fun, straightforward lessons that let you get re-familiarized with these introductory concepts. Our video lessons use a nice mixture of relevant examples, easy-to-understand audio instruction, and helpful visual aids. The transcripts provide a recap of each lesson, including keywords that are often hyperlinked to take you to related lessons. Lastly, the platform we use is 100% mobile-friendly, so you can study at home, at your favorite café, or anywhere else that gets Wi-Fi.
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.
2. What is The Philosophy of Science?
In this lesson, consider what it means for knowledge to be based on science. You'll learn how four key philosophers describe science and how a few question the value of the scientific method.
3. What is Scientific Research?
This lesson will discuss important components of scientific research, including the scientific method, peer review, statistical significance, and more!
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.
5. Validity and Reliability: How to Assess the Quality of a Research Study
Many psychologists and teachers complete research studies. How can you tell if a study was done well? This lesson will cover many criteria for a good quality study, including types of reliability and validity.
6. 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.
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- MTTC Physical Science: Conservation Laws & Thermodynamics
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- MTTC Physical Science: Electromagnetic Waves & Spectrum
- MTTC Physical Science: Modern Physics
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