are Concept Maps?
concept map is a special form of a web diagram for exploring knowledge
and gathering and sharing information. Concept mapping is the strategy
employed to develop a concept map. A concept map consists of nodes
or cells that contain a concept, item or question and links. The
links are labeled and denote direction with an arrow symbol. The
labeled links explain the relationship between the nodes. The arrow
describes the direction of the relationship and reads like a sentence.
is its purpose?
maps can be used to:
an understanding of a body of knowledge.
new information and relationships.
new knowledge and information.
knowledge and information generated.
structures or processes such as written documents, constructions,
web sites, web search, multimedia presentations.
can I do it?
on a theme and then identify related key words or phrases.
the concepts (key words) from the most abstract and inclusive
to the most concrete and specific.
concepts that function at similar level of abstraction and
those that interrelate closely.
and add proposition
concepts in to a diagrammatic representation.
concepts with linking lines and label each line with a proposition.
is the central word, concept, research question or problem around
which to build the map?
are the concepts, items, descriptive words or telling questions
that you can associate with the concept, topic, research question
a top down approach, working from general to specific or use a
free association approach by brainstorming nodes and then develop
links and relationships.
different colors and shapes for nodes & links to identify
different types of information.
different colored nodes to identify prior and new information.
a cloud node to identify a question.
information to a question in the question node.