Used as an analysis, learning and teaching technique, a concept map visually illustrates the relationships between concepts and ideas.
Often represented in circles or boxes, concepts are linked by words and phrases that explain the connection between the ideas, helping users to organize and structure their thoughts, further understanding and discover new relationships. Most concept maps represent a hierarchical structure, with the broad concepts first and more specific concepts connected as sub-topics.
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What is a Concept Map?
A concept map is a type of graphic organizer that helps users organize and represent knowledge of a subject. Concept maps begin with a main idea (or concept) and then branch out to show how that main idea can be broken down into specific topics.
Benefits of Concept Mapping
The purpose of concept mapping is to:
How to Build a Concept Map - 4-Step Guide
Concept maps are typically hierarchical, with the subordinate concepts stemming from the main concept or idea. This type of graphic organizer however, always allows change and new concepts to be added. Concept positions on a map can continuously change, while always maintaining the same relationship with the other ideas on the map.
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Concept Maps in Education
When created correctly and thoroughly, concept mapping is a powerful way for users to reach high levels of cognitive performance. A concept map is also not just a learning tool, but an ideal evaluation tool for educators measuring the growth of and assessing student learning. As a student creates a concept map, they reiterate ideas using their own words. Educators are then able to see what students do not understand, providing an accurate, objective way to evaluate concepts students do not yet fully grasp.
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