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David Steer and David McConnell at the University of Akron are creating and reviewing ConcepTests for introductory geoscience courses. If anyone would like to test existing questions or submit additional questions, please contact them.

This collection was created with funding from the National Science Foundation, (DUE-0087894).

Introductory geoscience students may attempt to deal with the material by trying to simply memorize it. McConnell et al. (2003) suggest that geoscience ConcepTests should be additionally restricted to the level of comprehension or application in Bloom's taxonomy.


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ConcepTest: Drivers of Ocean Salinity Variations part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:ConcepTests:Examples
Imagine ocean circulation stopped suddenly, with half of the world's salts in the northern hemisphere and half in the southern hemisphere. Assuming no net difference between evaporation and precipitation ...

ConcepTest: Ocean Element Profiles - 1 part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:ConcepTests:Examples
Which element could have a depth profile in the ocean that looks like this? A. Oxygen, an element produced during photosynthesis B. Barium, an element required in trace amounts for micro-organisms C. Nitrogen, a ...

ConcepTest: Divergent Plates #4 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the diagram below that shows oceanic and continental crust surrounding a plate boundary. Based on the current plate tectonic setting, location Y is moving toward ____? a. A b. B c. C d. D

ConcepTest: Transform Boundary part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A and B are located on two plates separated by a transform boundary (see diagram below). What direction is plate B moving if plate A is moving northeast (NE)? a. northeast b. northwest c. southwest d. southeast

ConcepTest: Convergent Boundary part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A and B represent locations on two separate plates. The curved black line represents the plate boundary. The arrows show the directions of plate motion and the rates of motion are indicated. a. transform b. ...

ConcepTest: Tectonic Map #1 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map and answer the question that follows. How many plates are present? a. 3 b. 4 c. 5 d. 6

ConcepTest: Convergent Boundary part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The figures below show the location of a plate boundary (dashed line) and the distribution of earthquake foci (filled circles). The color of the filled circle indicates the depth of the earthquake focus. Given the ...

ConcepTest: EQs at Divergent Boundaries part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The figures below show the location of a plate boundary (red line) and the distribution of earthquake epicenters (filled black circles). The size of the filled circle indicates the earthquake magnitude. Given the ...

ConcepTest: Earthquakes and Plate Boundaries part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Use the map of plate boundaries below to predict which land mass experiences the fewest earthquakes per year. a) India b) Australia c) South America d) Asia

ConcepTest: Transform Boundary #2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A and B are located on two plates separated by a transform boundary (see diagram below). What direction is plate B moving if plate A is moving west? a. east b. west c. south d. north

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