A concept map
is a schematic device for representing a set of conceptual meanings embedded in a framework of propositions.
Students were required to participate in the discussion and then assigned to create a concept map
to reflect their thinking.
They were divided into teams of three to four for their construction of a concept map
(cmap) illustrating major course concepts.
Therefore, this study adopts the concept map
learning strategy proposed by studies working from the perspective of constructivism (Roth & Roychoudhury, 1993), with an integrated, interactive real-time feedback-based system on tablet PCs for the curriculum design.
KEY WORDS: Academic performance, Biochemistry, Concept map
The strategy was the concept map
, introduced to a middle year class as a means of organising thinking prior to writing an essay.
Research has found concept map
assessment to be sound for assessing conceptual change (Markham, Mintzes, & Jones, 1994) with a learning outcome higher or equivalent to non-mapping evaluation techniques (Barenholz & Tamir, 1992).
One way to encourage reflection and to allow teachers to observe the links that students are making is to have students draw a concept map
that demonstrates their connections.
Forty-eight nursing students completed NLN simulation tools, created a concept map
, and participated in an informal focus group.
Prior knowledge in how to concept map
is a requirement for successful mapping and consideration was taken within the study to introduce the fundamentals of concept mapping to students.
It is built around a concept map
created with the MindManager software package.
Therefore, if one member from the team did not give consent, their concept map
was excluded from the data.