Ch 2: MTTC Political Science: Research Methodology

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In this chapter, rediscover all the techniques and terminology associated with research methodology for political science. Use our elaborate transcripts to commit key terms to memory before taking the MTTC Political Science exam.

MTTC Political Science: Research Methodology - Chapter Summary

Inspect these video lessons and recall the steps required to conduct sound political science research. Get prepared for the MTTC Political Science exam by exploring the following topics:

  • Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method research
  • Differences between basic and applied research
  • The purposes and ethics behind research
  • Research design
  • Gathering and studying research variables

Take the time to go through our test prep information to get reacquainted with research methodologies. We've broken up this large chapter into several more manageable lessons. You can fit in the lessons during the breaks in your day, or you can watch several lessons all at once. If you are online or close to a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can watch a few lessons, read through the transcripts, and answer questions on our lesson quizzes. You can even access other chapters that cover the rest of the information you will need to know to do well on the MTTC Political Science exam.

MTTC Political Science: Research Methodology Chapter Objectives

To become endorsed to teach a specific subject in Michigan, educators must first pass an assessment test. Political science teachers, for instance, take the MTTC Political Science exam, which is a 100-question, multiple-choice exam, and this paper-based test is offered about four times a year. This particular exam evaluates test-takers across four specific political science areas. Understanding the methodology behind performing research is fundamental to this discipline, and questions about it will be included in the political science skills and concepts section, which only accounts for 15% of the test.

14 Lessons in Chapter 2: MTTC Political Science: Research Methodology
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Research Methodologies: Quantitative, Qualitative & Mixed Method

1. Research Methodologies: Quantitative, Qualitative & Mixed Method

While there are many ways to conduct an experiment in psychology, there are only so many ways you can describe it. In this lesson, we will discuss the differences, strengths, and weaknesses of the qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods.

Basic Research and Applied Research: Definitions and Differences

2. Basic Research and Applied Research: Definitions and Differences

In this lesson, we look at the difference between basic and applied psychological research and discover why there is a separation. Through examples, we'll answer the questions, 'What is the purpose of research if it doesn't apply to the real world?' and 'How are the two interrelated?'

Using Content Analysis to Collect Social Research Data

3. Using Content Analysis to Collect Social Research Data

This lesson explores what content analysis is and how a researcher can use this technique to explore and collect social data. An explanation of how to use this technique to explore the psychology of other times is also explored.

Formulating the Research Hypothesis and Null Hypothesis

4. 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.

Purposes of Research: Exploratory, Descriptive & Explanatory

5. Purposes of Research: Exploratory, Descriptive & Explanatory

There is a parallel between how people come to understand something and the process of researching an idea. This lesson explores the purposes of research as well as three approaches to research in psychology: exploratory, descriptive, and explanatory.

Ethical Research: Maintaining Privacy, Anonymity & Confidentiality

6. Ethical Research: Maintaining Privacy, Anonymity & Confidentiality

When performing research, there are certain expectations that a researcher must follow to protect their subjects. We will explore a few of the different ways that a subject's responses are kept from being used against them.

What Is Informed Consent in Research? - Definition & Purpose

7. What Is Informed Consent in Research? - Definition & Purpose

After you have figured out what you are going to research and have approval to do it, you need informed consent from the participants in your experiment. What is informed consent, and how is it different than regular consent?

Research Misconduct: Fraud and Plagiarism

8. Research Misconduct: Fraud and Plagiarism

Obviously, at this level, you don't need to be told that copying or making things up is wrong; however, it still happens more often than it should. We will look at the specifics of plagiarism and fraud in psychological research.

Selecting a Problem to Research

9. Selecting a Problem to Research

This lesson explores the process, pitfalls, and requirements for selecting a good problem to research. There is a bit more to it than just having a good idea.

How to Choose a Research Method & Design

10. How to Choose a Research Method & Design

After a researcher has something they want to study, what is the process of figuring out how to study it? This lesson explores most of the elements involved in selecting and designing an experiment.

Writing Research Questions: Purpose & Examples

11. Writing Research Questions: Purpose & Examples

What is a research question, and why is it important to get it right? This lesson will explore one way to write a research question, which guides a researcher in designing his or her experiment.

The Literature Review Process

12. The Literature Review Process

Literature review is a process of looking at what research has been done in a specific field of study. In this lesson, we will explore how to work through the process of performing and writing a literature review.

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

13. 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?

The Major Sections of a Research Study According to APA

14. The Major Sections of a Research Study According to APA

This lesson explores how the American Psychological Association recommends research articles and projects be set up. Each section is sufficiently explained to increase familiarity with the pieces of a research article.

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