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Ch 1: TExES Life Science: Overview of the Field

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Begin your TExES Life Science 7-12 exam preparation here with videos discussing the current state of the life sciences field. Use the lesson and chapter self-assessments to determine how well-prepared you are for the real thing.

TExES Life Science 7-12: Overview of the Field - Chapter Summary

Before we send our young charges off in scientific exploration, we give them a bit of the history of science itself. We teach them how science, technology, and math come together to make science what we know it to be today. The video lessons in this chapter give you the same start as you refresh your memory and prepare for the life science exam. The videos cover the same kind of material you will be tested on in the scientific inquiry domain of the TExES Life Science 7-12 exam, including:

  • History of and key events in biological study
  • Human scientific endeavors
  • Similarities in scientific, mathematical, and technological systems
  • Concepts that unite all sciences
  • Scientific ethics

The chapter materials include brief, informative videos with accompanying lesson transcripts, quizzes, and a chapter exam. Use the assessments to see where you need the most practice and to become familiar with the types of questions you'll see on the real test. We kind of like the order of the lessons, but you are welcome to take them in any order you wish and to complete the assessments whenever your heart desires.

TExES Life Science 7-12: Overview of the Field Chapter Objectives

The lessons here all feed into the first domain, Scientific Inquiry and Processes, of the six included in the TExES Life Science 7-12 test. The videos and lessons are designed to dust off your knowledge of science history and foundations while also giving you chances to practice your test-taking skills.

The scientific inquiry domain constitutes 15% of the 100 multiple-choice questions the life science exam includes. You will have five hours to complete the entire test, which you will take on a computer in the testing center. This test is offered continuously at TExES testing centers.

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: TExES Life Science: Overview of the Field
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Key Events in the History of Biological Study

1. Key Events in the History of Biological Study

The study of living things has a rich and exciting history. Here we will examine some of the key events in the history of biological study, their significance to the field, and the impacts of biological discoveries on humankind. At the end, you can test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

The Nature of Science

2. The Nature of Science

Science can be defined as the accumulation of knowledge and the study of all the phenomena in the universe. Learn about the nature of science, the difference between science, dogma, and pseudoscience, and the definition of hypothesis, theory, and law.

Unifying Themes, Principles & Relationships in Science

3. Unifying Themes, Principles & Relationships in Science

Science is the discipline for exploring the natural world through observation and experimentation. In this lesson, explore science differently, looking into common themes, basic principles, and relationships expressed through models and laws.

The Influences on Science as a Human Endeavor

4. The Influences on Science as a Human Endeavor

Science is loved by many and criticized by some. What is there to love and dislike about it? This lesson answers this question from a personal, cultural, and global standpoint.

How Science & Technology Are Related

5. How Science & Technology Are Related

Science is the study of the natural world through factual research and technology is the devices or technical creations that aid mankind. Learn more about how science and technology are related and what comes of each field from the other.

How Science & Technology Can Be Used to Solve Society's Problems

6. How Science & Technology Can Be Used to Solve Society's Problems

Science is an intellectual understanding of the world based on experimentation and observation, and technology is the process of applying science to everyday life. Learn how science and technology can be used to solve society's problems by exploring examples, and consider how the future can change if science and technology are used to address issues.

Chapter Practice Exam
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