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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: Eccentricity and Seasons part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Mars has a more eccentric orbit of the Sun than Earth. Mars is 20% closer to the Sun during winter in its Northern hemisphere than it is during its summer. What would be the implications for the seasons on Earth if ...

ConcepTest: Plate Tectonic Theory part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the following statements is not consistent with plate tectonic theory? a. Continental crust is generally older than oceanic crust. b. The number of plates has changed through time. c. Mountain chains are ...

ConcepTest: Wood-Rock Analogy part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Wood burned in a fire is converted to ash and cinders. This could be seen as an analog for the formation of a. igneous rock b. metamorphic rock c. sedimentary rock

ConcepTest: Cake-Rock Analogy part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Baking a cake could be seen as an analog for the formation of a. igneous rock b. metamorphic rock c. sedimentary rock.

ConcepTest: Raisin-Rock Analogy part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Grapes dried slowly in a warm oven are converted to raisins. This could be seen as an analog for the formation of a. igneous rock b. metamorphic rock c. sedimentary rock.

ConcepTest: Dried Fruit-Rock Analogy part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Dried (dehydrated) fruit is made by evaporating water under warm temperatures causing the texture of the fruit to change. This could be seen as an analog for the formation of a. igneous rock b. metamorphic rock c. ...

ConcepTest: Toast-Rock Analogy part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The change of bread to toast is an analog for the formation of a metamorphic rock formed by a. contact metamorphism b. regional metamorphism.

ConcepTest: Sugar-Rock Analogy part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Water containing dissolved sugar evaporates to leave a deposit of sugar in the bottom of a glass. This could be seen as an analog for the formation of a type of a. igneous rock b. metamorphic rock c. sedimentary ...

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