is "a structured process, focused on a topic or construct of interest, involving input from one or more participants, that produces an interpretable pictorial view (concept map) of their ideas and concepts and how these are interrelated" (Trochim, n.
Does the combination of concept mapping
, brainstorming, mindmapping, visual project planning, knowledge creation, collaboration, team building, retention, and fun intrigue you?
Pioneered by Novak (1977), concept mapping
is applied to an education setting (Plotnick 1997) to a) generate and communicate complex ideas, b) design complex structure (Oughton & Reed 2000), such as in hypermedia/web presentations, c) aid learning (Plotnick 1997, Bolte 1999), and d) evaluate learning outcomes (Novak 1998).
They also consider classroom, teacher, and curriculum influences, such as homework, formative assessment, peer influences, collaboration, nontraditional teacher preparation, teaching quality, expectations, enthusiasm, cultural and professional identities, intelligence, pedagogical content knowledge, school reform, motivation, activity-based learning strategies, bilingual education programs, creativity, outdoor education, discussion, second language vocabulary, reading, social skills, writing, and response to intervention, and teacher strategies, such as goal setting, concept mapping
, direct instruction, reciprocal teaching, peer tutoring, problem-based learning, multimedia learning, feedback, questioning, testing, study skills, distance education, and home school programs.