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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: Characteristics of the Ocean Floor part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
What is the relationship between age and the character of the ocean floor? Which statement is TRUE? a. Deeper regions of the ocean floor tend to be younger b. The Pacific is larger than the Atlantic because it ...

ConcepTest: Waves part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
At which location in the diagram below would the waves break closer to the beach? a. A b. B c. C

ConcepTest: Ocean Currents part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Ocean currents at G are flowing in what direction? a. to the west b. to the east c. to the north d. to the south

ConcepTest: Oceans by South America #6 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the image of part of the South American continent and neighboring oceans. (Image courtesy the National Geophysical Data Center.) Which sites are most likely to be located on oceanic crust? a. A, B, C, & ...

ConcepTest: Shoreline Current Flow part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the image below and answer the following question. Shoreline currents are flowing from_______. a. top to bottom of image. b. bottom to top of image.

ConcepTest: Oceans by South America #5 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the image of part of the South American continent and neighboring oceans. (Image courtesy the National Geophysical Data Center.) Which site is located nearest to a trench? a. D b. B c. C d. A

ConcepTest: Oceans by South America #4 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the image of part of the South American continent and neighboring oceans. (Image courtesy the National Geophysical Data Center.) Which site is located on an abyssal plain? a. D b. B c. C d. A

ConcepTest: Ocean Salinity #2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
How would salinity of the oceans vary if the oceans were twice as deep as present and held approximately twice as much water? a. Salinity would be less than present b. Salinity would be greater than present c. ...

ConcepTest: Ocean Salinity During an Ice Age part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
One million years ago ice sheets covered much of the Earth's land surface during an ice age. How did this affect the salinity of the oceans? a. Oceans were saltier than today. b. Oceans were less salty than ...

ConcepTest: Ocean Salinity #3 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Predict what would happen to the salinity of the world's oceans if the Indian Ocean was blocked off and all of its water evaporated. a. World's oceans would become more salty b. World's oceans would ...

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