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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: Ice Sheets and Water Depth part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Ice sheets covered much of the Northern Hemisphere one million years ago during part of the last ice age. How did this affect the depth of water in the oceans? a. Oceans were shallower than today b. Oceans were ...

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: 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: 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: 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: Deformation Sequence of Events part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The diagram below shows rock units with their age in millions of years. When did deformation (uplift or mountain building) occur? a. less than 60 million years ago b. more than 200 million years ago c. between ...

ConcepTest: Relative Time Diagram #1 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 sentence. Assume all rocks are sedimentary unless otherwise indicated. Which is the oldest rock unit? a. A b. B c. C d. D ...

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 ...

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