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Utility of Knowledge Surveys and their Design, Dexter Perkins (University of North Dakota), Karl Wirth (Macalester College), Ed Nuhfer (Idaho State University), presentation at the Student Learning: Observing and Assessing Workshop.

Assessment Using Knowledge Surveys

What are Knowledge Surveys?

Knowledge Surveys consist of a series of questions that cover the full content of a course. The surveys evaluate student learning and content mastery at all levels: from basic knowledge and comprehension through higher levels of thinking.

Knowledge surveys can serve as both formative and summative assessment tools. They help students learn, help faculty improve their classrooms, and aid departments and programs as the explore new curricula or pedagogies. (Wirth and Perkins), Knowledge Surveys

Sample Knowledge Survey Questions from Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

  • Bloom's Taxonomy Level - 1: What is the definition of a formation?
  • Bloom's Taxonomy Level - 2: Outline the basic descriptive parameters needed to characterize sedimentary rocks in detail.
  • Bloom's Taxonomy Level - 3: Explain why the stratigraphic records of transgression and regression are commonly disproportionate (asymmetrical)?
  • Bloom's Taxonomy Level - 4: Explain the concepts of transgression and regression.
  • Bloom's Taxonomy Level - 5: Compare and contrast sequence stratigraphy with other types of stratigraphic analysis.
  • Bloom's Taxonomy Level - 6: Evaluate alluvial architecture in relation to basin subsidence.

Example Knowledge Survey Questions

Geoscience Examples

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