Ch 93: NMTA Social Science: Political Science Reference & Research Tools

About This Chapter

The different tools used for reference and research in political science along with related aspects are discussed in this chapter for your review. This NMTA Social Science exam prep content is provided through matching text and video lessons.

NMTA Social Science: Political Science Reference & Research Tools - Chapter Summary

Go over topics covering research methodologies and differences between nonscientific and scientific research to refresh your memory on some principal NMTA Social Science test subject matter. The multiple types of political science research sources are reviewed here. Additional topics that are the focus of video and text lessons are as follows:

  • Differences between basic and applied research
  • How to choose a research method and design
  • Using content analysis to collect social research data
  • Maintaining privacy, confidentiality and anonymity in research
  • The purpose of informed consent in research
  • Different types of maps
  • History and analysis of political cartoons
  • Exploratory, explanatory and descriptive research

These lessons are presented both as brief animated videos and as full transcripts. You'll see that each of the transcripts directs your attention toward some of the most important components by writing them in bold.

Objectives of the NMTA Social Science: Political Science Reference & Research Tools Chapter

The NMTA Social Science exam uses your score to decide whether your subject expertise meets the requirements set in New Mexico for educator licensure. The questions you come across on the exam asking about content in this chapter will be from the fourth content domain. This domain, based on government, makes up roughly 19% of your exam score. The lesson quizzes in this chapter give you practice with questions like ones on the exam in terms of the content as well as the multiple-choice format.

12 Lessons in Chapter 93: NMTA Social Science: Political Science Reference & Research Tools
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Nonscientific and Scientific Research: Definitions and Differences

2. Nonscientific and Scientific Research: Definitions and Differences

Explore the way people 'know' information without using a scientific methodology. Have you ever fallen for nonscientific research and then presented it as fact?

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 Archival Research & Secondary Records to Collect Social Research Data

5. 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.

Purposes of Research: Exploratory, Descriptive & Explanatory

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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?

How to Choose a Research Method & Design

9. 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.

Political Science Research Sources

10. 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.

What are Political Cartoons? - History & Analysis

11. What are Political Cartoons? - History & Analysis

Political cartoons have a rich history that is as interesting as the cartoons are visually entertaining. In this lesson, you'll learn how political cartoons have shaped our past and continue to shape our society today, and how to analyze their messages.

Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps

12. Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps

This lesson will explain the different types of maps used to interpret and study our world. In doing this, it will focus on maps that deal in elevation, population, weather patterns and more.

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