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Organizing & Analyzing Research Information - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter cover ways to categorize what you've discovered through your research. Displaying information through graphs and charts is explained, and you'll learn to look at your research with a critical eye towards interpreting your findings and analyzing your sources for credibility.
Learn how to determine the validity of a research study and understand the limits to generalization. Find out how to best organize a research paper, and look at problems and problem-solving strategies. These lessons should prepare you to:
- Understand critical thinking
- Interpret information from graphs and charts
- Draw conclusions based on internal validity
- Interpret a non-significant outcome
- Organize your writing
- Analyze types of problems and strategies for solving them
Our instructors make learning fun with these brief video lessons and the self-assessment quizzes that accompany them. Video tags allow you to re-visit important points without having to re-watch the entire lesson. Key terms are highlighted in the written transcript, and some are linked to text lessons that provide additional information.
1. Organizing and Categorizing Ideas, Concepts and Information
In this lesson, you will learn clear, simple ways to group your ideas together. First, you'll figure out what the paper is about, and then the rest is easy!
2. What is Critical Thinking? - Definition, Skills & Meaning
Critical thinking is a term that we hear a lot, but many people don't really stop to think about what it means or how to use it. This lesson will tell you exactly what it means and make you realize that the average person largely ignores critical thinking.
3. Interpreting Graphical Representations
After watching this video lesson, you will be able to quickly and easily read and interpret any line and bar graph. You will be able to gather important information by just looking at one of these graphs.
4. Understanding Bar Graphs and Pie Charts
In this lesson, we will examine two of the most widely used types of graphs: bar graphs and pie charts. These two graphs can provide the reader with a comparison of the different data that is displayed.
5. What Are the Different Parts of a Graph?
Being able to read a graph isn't just vital for an algebra class. Graphs and charts are used everywhere! We'll take a crash course on the basic x/y plane used in algebra and the fundamental vocab you need.
6. Drawing Conclusions Based on Internal Validity
When a researcher gets the results of their study back, how do they know that the independent variable caused the results? In this lesson, we'll look at how internal validity shapes the way researchers draw conclusions about their research.
7. Limits to Generalization of a Research Study
What happens if a research study confirms the researcher's hypothesis? In this lesson, we'll look at the limits of generalizing from a single research study, including the importance of representativeness and replicability.
8. Interpreting a Non-Significant Outcome
Research can take a lot of time for the person conducting it. So what happens when the statistics show that the results are not significant? In this lesson, we'll look at what a non-significant outcome means and what it doesn't mean.
9. Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth
It's important to have information that is reliable, credible, and worthwhile in your speech. Sometimes, it's hard to determine these factors. This lesson will help you!
10. 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.
11. Polya's Four-Step Problem-Solving Process
Problem solving can be a problem. Any problem is solved easier with an action plan. Polya's 4-Step Problem-Solving Process is discussed in this lesson to help students develop an action plan for addressing problems.
12. Types of Problems & Problem Solving Strategies
We solve hundreds of small problems everyday. This lesson covers different types of problems, such as routine vs. non-routine, and many of the different problem-solving strategies we use, including algorithms, heuristics, graphic representations and the IDEAL Strategy.
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