October 11, 2009

How to develop a Concept Map

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:36 pm by Jennifer McDowell

Tips for creating concept, or idea, maps:

  1. Select a title and a main idea for your concept map.
  2. Create subtopics including facts and ideas that are associated to but represent different aspects of your main idea. Subtopics can later be regrouped and arranged in a hierarchical structure to better represent relationships between information.
  3. The recommended number of key ideas is between 10 and 20.
  4. Limit topics and subtopics to three words maximum.
  5. Label the relationships between ideas with linking words, so that your concept map paths read like sentences.
  6. Need a linking word or phrase? Try one of these: example, leads to, influenced by, results in, depends on, develops into, part of, such as, and a, gives rise to, contributes to.
  7. Use visual elements (color, shape, pictures) to enhance your concept map.

Source: Webspiration.com – This site contains samples of concept maps.

Here’s a how-to video.

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