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Concept Mapping in the Classroom with Inspiration Software
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, King's College, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-37-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Concept mapping is a technique that allows one to understand the relationships of ideas by creating a visual map of the connections among these ideas. It is a structured process that is focused on a topic or construct of interests. It involves input from one or more participants that produce an interpretable pictorial map or representation of the ideas produced. The pictorial view or concept map as it is called not only displays a visual product, but it also shows how the ideas or concepts depicted are interrelated. (Trochim 1999) When used with students, it allows them to see the connections between knowledge they already possess and how this knowledge connects to new knowledge. It can also be utilized to organize a myriad of ideas in a logical kind of structure. Another advantage for educators using this process is that it is the type of visual language process that encourages students to operate at all six levels of Bloom's Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain.(Bloom 1956) (Gaines, Shaw, 1999) (Novak and Gowin 1984) Concept mapping is a useful and very powerful visual-thinking tool that transforms information into knowledge. Concept mapping is very helpful for the organization of information and development of higher level thinking skills, thus deepening knowledge and facilitating clarity of thought. (Concept Mapping Companion 1998)

Citation

Scappaticci, F.T. (2000). Concept Mapping in the Classroom with Inspiration Software. In D. Willis, J. Price & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2000--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 107-111). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved January 25, 2020 from .

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