Ch 2: MTTC Political Science: Research Methodology

About This Chapter

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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Political Science Research Sources

1. Political Science Research Sources

The professional study of political science is research intensive. In this lesson, you'll learn about some of the important reference sources and tools that are available to political science researchers.

Research Methodologies: Quantitative, Qualitative & Mixed Method

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

Using Surveys to Collect Social Research Data

5. Using Surveys to Collect Social Research Data

There are many techniques to collect information from people. In this lesson, we will explore some of the ways a researcher collects data, as well as looking at some of the risks and benefits.

Interpreting Charts, Graphs & Tables

6. Interpreting Charts, Graphs & Tables

Important information in the business and scientific world is often presented in various visual aids. In this lesson, we will discuss how to read and interpret charts, graphs, and tables.

Purposes of Research: Exploratory, Descriptive & Explanatory

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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?

Selecting a Problem to Research

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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.

Developing & Evaluating Inferences From Data

14. Developing & Evaluating Inferences From Data

In this lesson, we will look at what it means to make inferences and how to use data to inform those inferences. We will also look at how to determine if your data is a valid and reliable sources of information from which to develop accurate inferences.

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