Ch 3: MTTC Political Science: Data Collection & Analysis

About This Chapter

This chapter will help you prepare for the MTTC Political Science by aiding in your review of the different types of political research, data collection techniques, data interpretation and reasoning.

MTTC Political Science: Data Collection & Analysis - Chapter Summary

Complete the activities of this chapter to improve your understanding of the techniques used to collect and analyze data in political research. Follow along with our instructors as they explain:

  • Differences between primary and secondary research
  • Archival research and using secondary records
  • Choosing data collection techniques
  • Interpreting correlations
  • Reading scientific graphs and charts
  • Importance of validity and reliability
  • Differences between inductive and deductive reasoning

After you have completed these lessons, take the assessments that accompany them to improve your retention of the information presented and find topics you didn't quite master. Fortify your understanding of the material you don't know as well by returning to the lessons. Video tags will allow you to skip over the material you already know, while lesson transcripts will present you with an alternative written overview of the lessons.

MTTC Political Science: Data Collection & Analysis Chapter Objectives

The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Political Science is a certification exam used in the state of Michigan to certify high school social studies teachers. On test day, be prepared to complete the 100 multiple-choice questions on this certification exam in a four- and a-half-hour testing session. Fifteen percent of the material on this test belongs to the domain of Political Science Concepts and Skills, which includes questions about conducting political science research. Complete the activities of this chapter to improve your understanding of the different types of political research, data collection techniques and data interpretation.

7 Lessons in Chapter 3: MTTC Political Science: Data Collection & Analysis
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Primary & Secondary Research: Definition, Differences & Methods

1. Primary & Secondary Research: Definition, Differences & Methods

Differentiating between different types of research articles is useful when looking at what has already been done. In this lesson, we explore some of the different types of research articles out there and when they would be used.

Using Archival Research & Secondary Records to Collect Social Research Data

2. Using Archival Research & Secondary Records to Collect Social Research Data

This lesson explores the idea of what happens when researchers already have information and data that they can study. You'll get the chance to look at descriptions of archival and meta-analysis research.

Strategies for Choosing a Data Collection Technique

3. Strategies for Choosing a Data Collection Technique

After figuring out what you are going to study, you, as the researcher, will need to figure out how to study it. This lesson discusses popular ways a researcher can collect data as well as why a researcher would chose a particular data collection technique.

How to Interpret Correlations in Research Results

4. How to Interpret Correlations in Research Results

Perhaps the most common statistic you'll see from psychology is a correlation. Do you know how to correctly interpret correlations when you see them? This lesson covers everything you need to know.

How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

5. 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.

Validity and Reliability: How to Assess the Quality of a Research Study

6. 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.

Inductive vs. Deductive Reasoning: Differences & Examples

7. 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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