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Nature of Scientific Inquiry - Chapter Summary
This chapter's lessons examine scientific research, experiments and the scientific method. You will get information on types of research, terms used in scientific inquiry and how to develop a scientific hypothesis. Another lesson looks at guidelines for designing experiments and assessing a research study's quality. After finishing this chapter, you should be prepared to:
- Define scientific research
- Explain types of research methods
- Name steps used in the scientific method
- Describe how a scientific experiment is developed
- Tell about methods used in experimental design
- Assess the validity and reliability of results of a research study
In these lessons, you may explore topics you studied in high school and college, but some information may be new to you. Our instructors use plenty of examples to make these lessons come alive, and you can study as your time permits. If you need to review a key topic, you can use embedded video tags to find the right point without having to re-watch the whole lesson.
1. What is Scientific Research?
This lesson will discuss important components of scientific research, including the scientific method, peer review, statistical significance, and more!
2. What Are The Different Kinds of Research Methods?
This lesson will go over some important research methods, including observation, correlation, and experimentation, as well as examples of each type of methodology.
3. The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples
The scientific method is more than just hypotheses and experiments. In this lesson, we'll explore the themes and variations that make up the world of science.
4. 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.
5. Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method
What are the requirements of a scientific experiment? How do scientists turn hypotheses into theories and laws? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson on the design of scientific experiments.
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.
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