Concept Mapping Tutorial. What Is a Concept Map?. Like all maps, concept maps are representations of spatial relationships. Rather than portraying the physical structure of space, concept maps reflect the psychological structure of an individual’s knowledge. The Structure of Knowledge.
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Like all maps, concept maps are representations of spatial relationships.
Rather than portraying the physical structure of space, concept maps reflect the psychological structure of an individual’s knowledge.
The Structure of Knowledge
Theoretically, knowledge is structured as a semantic network (Collins & Quillian, 1969). Thus, learning is not only the acquisition of new concepts but the construction of meaningful links among concepts (Ausubel, 1968).
Concept maps show what individuals know and how their knowledge is structured.
Lines represent relations between concepts, arrowheads indicate direction.
Labelson the lines describe the nature of the relationship.
Combined, these three components create propositions or meaningful statements.
Think about the focus question you have been given and identify 10 to 20 (or as requested) of the most pertinent concepts (single words or three words at most).
List these concepts on a piece of paper, and then write each one on a separate post-it note.
Add arrowheads to the lines between the concepts to indicate the direction of the relationship.
Depending on the nature of the concepts’ relationship, lines can have single or double arrowheads. Causal relationships are one-directional. Mutually influential relationships require double-headed arrows.
Think about your concept map.
Do the propositions you’ve created make sense?
Is there a better way to present your concepts? If so, feel free to move your concepts around, adding or deleting concepts or links.
A tool for creating concept maps electronically is available for free download at http://cmap.coginst.uwf.edu/. On this web site you will also see a fairly extensive tutorial to help you get started with the program.