Ch 10: PLACE Elementary Education: Scientific Investigation

About This Chapter

Let us help you review scientific inquiry and research methods. These video lessons and quizzes can enhance your knowledge as you prepare for the Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE) Elementary Education exam.

PLACE Elementary Education: Scientific Investigation - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons provide a detailed overview of scientific research methodologies and experiment processes. You will have the opportunity to go over investigation processes, data analysis methods and common scientific concepts. After you have mastered this material, you should be able to answer PLACE Elementary Education exam questions that ask you to:

  • Define scientific investigation
  • Describe the steps involved in the scientific method
  • Identify aspects of developing a hypothesis
  • Relate details about observations and the scientific process
  • Validate and evaluate scientific research data
  • Understand risks in science experiments
  • Discuss tools used in collecting scientific data
  • Organize scientific experiment results
  • Graph scientific data
  • Provide an overview of shared and common scientific concepts, processes and systems

Each lesson contains a concise and informative presentation that uses examples and definitions to make the material engaging and easy to follow. You can assess what you have learned using the quizzes accompanying the lessons.

PLACE Elementary Education: Scientific Investigation - Chapter Objectives

The Scientific Investigation chapter is designed to cover scientific processes, inquiry, experimentation and the use of resources in gathering and analyzing data. These are topics addressed in the Science section of the PLACE Elementary Education exam. This is a paper-based exam that presents questions in multiple-choice format.

PLACE tests are required teacher licensure exams administered to all prospective K-12 educators in Colorado. The exams measure knowledge of specific subject matter and one's ability to teach within specific content areas. In addition to science, the Elementary Education exam covers knowledge of math, social studies, humanities, wellness & physical education and literacy/language arts. A score of 220 is the minimum passing score for PLACE exams.

11 Lessons in Chapter 10: PLACE Elementary Education: Scientific Investigation
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What is Scientific Investigation? - Definition, Steps & Examples

1. What is Scientific Investigation? - Definition, Steps & Examples

Scientific investigation is the way in which scientists and researchers use a systematic approach to answer questions about the world around us. Read on to find out more. A quiz is provided to test your understanding.

The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms & Examples

2. 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.

Developing a Scientific Hypothesis

3. 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.

How Scientific Observations Lead to Scientific Questioning

4. How Scientific Observations Lead to Scientific Questioning

Scientific observations are a major component of the scientific process because they lead scientists to ask questions about the world around them. These questions may then be refined with continued observation, or they may be tested through experimentation.

Validity and Reliability: How to Assess the Quality of a Research Study

5. 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.

Understanding Risks & Taking Safety Precautions in Science Experiments

6. Understanding Risks & Taking Safety Precautions in Science Experiments

An important step in designing your experiment involves identifying and evaluating any potential safety risks. Knowing what these risks are ahead of time can help you avoid accidents and dangerous situations, which helps keep the experiment safe and fun for all.

Using Appropriate Tools for Scientific Tests & Data Collection

7. Using Appropriate Tools for Scientific Tests & Data Collection

A properly run experiment depends on using the right tools, both for data collection and analysis. In the end, it will save you time, money and frustration to spend some time planning out which tools are most appropriate for your work.

Evaluating Data: Precision, Accuracy & Error

8. Evaluating Data: Precision, Accuracy & Error

The data you present as a scientist needs to be as accurate, precise and error-free as possible. In this lesson, we'll discuss what each of these terms means, as well as how error is introduced into measurements and other data collection.

Organizing & Reporting Experimental Results

9. Organizing & Reporting Experimental Results

This lesson discusses how to present experimental results in a scientific paper, and includes writing style, why it is important to be selective in reporting data, and when to use text, tables, and figures.

How to Construct Graphs from Data

10. How to Construct Graphs from Data

This video describes how to create a line graph and explains the four main parts that graphs need to contain: 1. previously collected data, 2. picture representations, 3. use of the correct graph type, and 4. labels. This lesson also covers dependent and independent variables.

Unifying Concepts Common to All Sciences

11. Unifying Concepts Common to All Sciences

After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain what science is and describe some concepts and ideas that are common across all sciences. A short quiz will follow.

Chapter Practice Exam
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