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Social Science Inquiry & Research - Chapter Summary
Review entertaining lessons designed to help you better understand social science inquiry and research concepts. Access the video and text lessons at your leisure to gain greater insight into types of research and methodology specifically geared toward the social sciences. The lessons provide you with necessary definitions, steps, and methods you can use to deepen your knowledge and even answer questions related to the subject area. After completing this chapter, you will be able to:
- Define and describe methods and topics associated with social science research
- Share the meaning, method and steps for historical research
- Provide advantages and limitations of historical research design
- Describe how evidence is used and interpretations are formulated in historical methodology
- Differentiate between and share methods for primary and secondary research
- Explain how to summarize and organize social studies research data
- List ways to organize history with calendars, maps and periodization
- Discuss how to interpret and present research in social science
Utilize the resources in this chapter to absorb information about social science inquiry and research at a pace and in a manner that works for you. Lessons can be accessed any time and in any sequence you desire. You also have the option of viewing lessons from your smartphone, computer or tablet. At any time, feel free to test your understanding of lesson concepts by taking short quizzes. A chapter exam is also available to gauge your overall comprehension of the lessons.
1. What Is Social Science Research? - Definition, Methods & Topics
Social science research investigates human behavior. This lesson defines social science research, explains the methods used and the topics studied within the field.
2. What is Historical Research? - Definition, Method & Steps
Doing historical research isn't as simple as solving a math problem. Instead, it requires just the right approach, or else you are likely to find a wrong answer. This lesson explains some common pitfalls, as well as the steps required to do good research.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Primary & Secondary Research: Definition, Differences & Methods
Differentiating between different types of research articles is useful when looking at what has already been done. In this lesson, we explore some of the different types of research articles out there and when they would be used.
6. Summarizing & Organizing Social Studies Research Data
In this lesson, we discover several different methods to organize research data for a social studies project or paper, including outlines, thought webs, and the importance of summation.
7. Organizing History with Calendars, Maps & Periodization
While historians may not have fancy labs to help make sense of their work, this does not mean that they are without specialized tools. This lesson discusses three of those tools, namely calendars, maps and periodization.
8. Understanding & Presenting Research in Social Science
In this lesson, we will learn about understanding and expressing social science research. We will identify what social science research looks like, how it should be interpreted, and how it can be presented.
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- Social Science Basics
- Historical Text & Information Analysis
- Early Civilizations & Cultures
- Contributions & History of Ancient Greece
- Rise of the Roman Republic
- Development of Religions
- Islamic Culture
- Fall of the Roman Empire
- Ancient China
- Early Civilizations in the Americas
- Feudalism in Europe & the Early Middle Ages
- Renaissance & Reformation
- European Expansion (1450-1750)
- Scientific & Political Revolutions Since 1700
- European Imperialism
- Settling North America & the Colonies
- Events & Leaders of the American Revolution
- Early Evolution of American Government
- 19th Century American Expansion & Reform
- The American Civil War
- After the Civil War: Reconstruction
- American Industrialization of the Late 19th Century
- American Imperialism
- A World at War - WWI
- 1920s America
- America and the Great Depression
- Significant Events of World War II
- Post-WWII World Cultures & Politics (1946-1959)
- Developments & Movements Since 1945
- Events & Presidents During the Cold War (1950-1973)
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