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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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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: Ocean Element Profiles - 2 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which element could have a depth profile in the ocean that looks like this? A. It probably has a source from the atmosphere B. It is probably an essential nutrient for phytoplankton C. It probably has a source ...

ConcepTest: Ocean Element Profiles - 1 part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience: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: Box Modelling: Fluxes & Turnover Times part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Which of the following is true of the simplified ocean-atmosphere water cycle depicted in the box model below? A. There is a net flux of water from ocean to atmosphere. B. There is a net flux of water from ...

ConcepTest: Drivers of Ocean Salinity Variations part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience: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: 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: Pacific Plate Motion part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Review the map of the plates below and predict which pair of locations is moving closer together as a result of plate tectonics? a. Bombay and Sydney b. Hawaii and Tokyo c. New York and London d. Cape Town and ...

ConcepTest: Stream Gradient part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The town of Pleasantville is located at a meander bend in a floodplain. In order to reduce the threat of property loss due to erosion, Pleasantville's engineer proposes the construction of the diversion ...

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: Temperature and Depth of Rock Formation #2 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 ...

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