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Concept Maps for the Volcano Module

1. I had my students begin by making concept webs. These diagrams show simple relationships among concepts without the interconnecting terms. Many of these students had worked with webs in Biology class. After students did a web I asked them to do a concept map with connecting terms. They were to submit a rough draft. I looked at the rough drafts and made comments in red ink. Students were to take the rough drafts and rewrite the maps and resubmit for the final evaluation.

2. Students drew a single concept map that gave the major ideas they had regarding all four module volcanoes. The students had worked through only ONE of the four volcano modules. Therefore, the work on the map for the other three was based solely on the students' presentations and prepared handouts. I wanted to see what students had learned from the presentations. Also, I wanted to see how the portion of the map related to the module they had worked on compared to the other three sections of the map.

3. Students were asked to draw the concept map on the paper (17" x 22") provided and :

  1. Start with a major idea or central concept
  2. Arrange items in a directional hierarchical pattern with subordinate concepts
  3. Place labeled links with appropriate linking words or phrases
  4. Identify the links to the subbranches of the network
  5. Use their own words
  6. Use only a few important concepts in the subject domain
  7. Check to make sure the connections were valid and clear
  8. Do their own work - This was not a team effort.

Grading the maps was primarily subjective. I scored them based on the criteria given in #3. I separated the maps into four categories Excellent, Good, Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory. I made written corrections on the maps for incorrect, missed, misused connections. I deducted points accordingly. Grades were assigned according to which of the four categories I placed the map in and how many connections, links, etc. were incorrect.

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