As students conduct
their research and continue to ask questions as they address
the problems stated in the scenarios, they will need to organize
the information they obtain. Concept mapping is one simple and
useful way to organize data while also showing the relationships
between the information found. The following web links will
help you to become familiar with the idea of concept mapping
and will give you advice on how to implement this approach in
Concept mapping is a technique for representing knowledge
in graphs. Knowledge graphs are networks of concepts.
This article focuses on the development of concept mapping
as a way to trace, document, and evaluate student learning and
knowledge acquisition. Aside from describing the method and
advantages of concept mapping, this article also looks at specific
kinds of concept mapping software as well as unique web sites
involving concept mapping.
TRC - Concept Mapping and Curriculum Design
What is a Concept Map?; Concept Mapping and Curriculum
Design, Steps in Making a Concept Map, Constructivism. . .
A mind map consists of a central word or concept. Around
the central word or concept, you draw the 5 to 10 main ideas
that relate to that word or concept. You then take each of those
child words and again draw the 5 to 10 main ideas that relate
to each of those words.
Concept Mapping, Problem-Solution Map, Process Map, Fun
Frames, Characteristics Maps, Research Event, Narrative Story
Line, Persuasion Map, How to Make Maps
Teachers may wish to incorporate these strategies as they
develop standards-based lessons.
Before beginning a search of Internet resources, it is helpful
to engage the students' thinking about their choice of a topic.
As educators, you need to have a snapshot of what students
know or understand at a particular time. A concept map is an
excellent means of getting a look at current levels of understanding.
Concept maps can also help us to determine the strengths and
weaknesses of students' conceptual frameworks.
Other links on this
page provide information about how to construct a concept map.
The rubric below provides guidance on how to go about scoring
the concept maps. A good means of showing growth in a particular
area is to have students complete a concept map at the beginning
of a block of instruction, then again when the block is finished.
10 points* for consistent use
of a structure, such as a hierarchy or iterative, causal
to specific: Key concepts to specific details; Main ideas
supported by subtopics
5 points* for each meaningful
link between two concepts
relationships between each two concepts as shown by the
line and the words on the link
5 points* for each synthesizing
points* for each for elaborating link
are labeled to make valid, accurate connections between
concepts in different parts of the map -- may be used
to synthesize or elaborate on ideas.
2 points* each
main idea is extended through subtopics all the way to
the level of detail in a specific example