ConcepTest Examples

This material was originally created for Starting Point:Introductory Geology
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.

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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Laura Rademacher: Environmental Science for Informed Citizens at University of the Pacific part of Integrate:Teaching for Sustainability:How the Community is Using InTeGrate Materials:Instructor Stories
My course is an introductory environmental science course. Over time, I've incorporated more opportunities for active learning in the classroom and students respond favorably to spending additional time on the topics they find most compelling. The incorporation of integrate modules has provided new opportunities for active learning in the classroom. Most of the modules lead students through case studies, many of which are focused on regions outside of California and those could broaden my students' perspectives on these issues.

ConcepTest: Temperature and Depth of Rock Formation #1 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The diagram below illustrates five potential combinations of temperature and depth that are characteristic of different rock types. Answer the question that follows using the diagram. Which letter is the best ...

ConcepTest: Relative Time Diagram #2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Match the features in the relative time diagram below with the events described in the short sentences. Assume all rocks are sedimentary unless otherwise indicated. Which unit was formed before A but after E? a. C ...

ConcepTest: Cooling History of Magma #4 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The lines shown on the idealized graph below illustrate the cooling histories for the four magmas listed below, i.e., the lines illustrate how magma temperature decreased with time. What rock is best represented by ...

ConcepTest: Cooling History of Magma #2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The lines shown on the idealized graph below illustrate the cooling histories for the four magmas listed below, i.e., the lines illustrate how magma temperature decreased with time. What rock is best represented by ...

ConcepTest: Rock Cycle Temperature Profile #2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The graph below illustrates how the temperature changed with time for part of the rock cycle. Which of the following is best represented by the graph? a. sediment is lithified to form sedimentary rock b. ...

ConcepTest: Cross-Section of Plate Boundaries part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The map below shows the plate configurations along the western margin of North America. Which of the four diagrams on the right best represents a cross section through the outer layers of Earth along the line X-Y?

ConcepTest: World Oceans #8 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map of the world's oceans and use it to answer the following question. The global ocean conveyer belt begins with surface waters sinking to deeper levels at ___. a. F b. G c. E d. D

ConcepTest: World Oceans #10 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Examine the map of the world's oceans and use it to answer the following question. A shipment of rubber elephants falls overboard in the southern Pacific Ocean at location H on the map. Ocean currents will ...

ConcepTest: A Pebble in a Stream part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A pebble in a stream a.must be a sedimentary rock. b.must have formed in the stream. c.must be younger than the stream channel. d.may represent any type of rock.