Ch 1: NMTA Social Science: Historiography

About This Chapter

Dive into this chapter on the methods and tools used in historiographical studies. Prepare for the NMTA Social Studies exam (now the NES Social Studies exam) by taking the quizzes and test.

NMTA Social Science: Historiography - Chapter Summary

If it has been a minute since you last looked into the methodology behind the study of history, this chapter is for you. Brush up on your knowledge of interpreting, mapping, and illustrating historical data with these fun, but informative, videos created by educators with lots of experience in the social sciences. Among the several topics you will cover here are:

  • Designing historical research efforts
  • Finding good source material for research
  • Historical periodization and chronology
  • Determining causation between historic events
  • Decoding historical narratives
  • Interpreting historical information graphically

Along with the videos, each lesson comes with a transcript of the instruction for a handy study reference. The quizzes and test in this chapter are designed to give you practice with the kinds of questions you can expect to see on the real test. Take them after reviewing the videos to check retention or take them before to focus your studies.

NMTA Social Science: Historiography Chapter Objectives

When you sit down to take the NMTA (NES) exam, you will be faced with 150 multiple-choice questions falling in the domains of economics, government, geography and culture, U.S. history, and historiography and world history. The content of this chapter falls into the last domain, which accounts for 25% of the overall test (approximately 37 questions). You will have three hours to complete the test, with a minimum of 220 points out of 300 on their scaled score system to pass and obtain your New Mexico secondary social science endorsement.

If you haven't already registered for the exam, you can do so by visiting the NMTA website, which also provides information about testing locations and dates. Make sure you are taking the right test by checking out their licensure requirements as well. You will receive your scaled score immediately after the exam, but the score report which details your performance in each domain will take about two weeks to get to you. Maximize your score by spending time reviewing these and other lessons in this NMTA Social Science study guide.

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: NMTA Social Science: Historiography
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Historical Methodology: Evidence and Interpretation

1. Historical Methodology: Evidence and Interpretation

In this lesson. we will learn about historical methodology. We will learn how history is constructed based on evidence and how various interpretations are formulated.

Historical Research Design: Definition, Advantages & Limitations

2. Historical Research Design: Definition, Advantages & Limitations

Most research involves looking at what's happening right now. But what if a researcher wants to look at the past and what it can tell us about the future? In this lesson, we'll explore historical research design, its steps, and its pros and cons.

Reference Sources & Materials Used in Historical Research

3. Reference Sources & Materials Used in Historical Research

In this lesson we will learn about reference sources and other materials used in historical research. We will understand the role these tools have in historical methodology, and how they help historians.

Chronology & Periodization in History

4. Chronology & Periodization in History

In this lesson we will learn about chronology and periodization in history. We will identify important periods of history, and learn how they are classified. We will analyze the centrality of chronology in the discipline of history.

Cause and Effect Relationship: Definition & Examples

5. Cause and Effect Relationship: Definition & Examples

This lesson explores the relationship between cause and effect and teaches you about the criteria for establishing a causal relationship, the difference between correlation and causation, and more.

Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

6. Writing: Main Idea, Thesis Statement & Topic Sentences

What exactly is your essay about? Writing great thesis statements and topic sentences that align with your main idea will help readers to understand the theme, ideas, and central focus of your essay.

Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

7. Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

Find out what supporting details are and their role in essay writing. Learn the different ways to include supporting details, then take a quiz to test your new skills.

Differences Between Fact & Opinion in Historical Narratives

8. Differences Between Fact & Opinion in Historical Narratives

In this lesson, we will examine the difference between fact and opinion in historical narratives. We will identify examples of each, and we will see how both have a place in historical narratives.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

9. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.

Perception, Bias & Interpreting Behavior

10. Perception, Bias & Interpreting Behavior

Have you ever wondered why two people can experience the same event, but give two different accounts of what happened? In this lesson, you will learn about how perception and bias play a role in how we interpret our world.

How to Interpret Historical Information in Graphic Formats

11. How to Interpret Historical Information in Graphic Formats

Graphic formats such as charts, graphs, maps, diagrams, and even political cartoons are useful means of presenting historical data. This lesson explains the use of these measures and provides tips for interpreting the information presented in them.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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