Greer1 - Sean Trank 1/08/08 Dr. Greer Com 350 1. What are...

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Sean Trank 1/08/08 Dr. Greer Com 350 1. What are the potential benefits of concept maps? The power and benefits of concept mapping rest in four arenas: enabling shared understanding, including affect, balancing power, and involving the client. Concept maps make the client feel more in control and bring balance to the relationship between consultant and client. In the case of a teacher student relationship, the concept map is a useful tool to start discussion about the relationship between connecting concepts. 2. What are challenges to concept mapping? Perhaps the most time-consuming aspect of utilizing concept maps in research is the actual coding of the maps for analysis. This coding involves (1) developing a single set of consistent terminology, (2) redrawing each map using the new terminology, and (3) comparing the redrawn maps. Not everyone will understand the same terminology so it is important to keep it simple. Concept mapping may not explain everything to everyone; for example, a student may still not understand the concept. 3. What are the keys to developing effective concept maps? It is key to find relationship between all parts of the concept map. Use simple terminology. Stay on track focusing on one main topic. Make sure your client feels involved in the concept map. Allow student to participate in the discovery of relationship between concepts.
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International Journal of Science Education http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals DOI: 10.1080/0950069032000097361 INT . J . SCI . EDUC ., 6 FEBRUARY 2004, VOL . 26, NO . 2, 151–169 RESEARCH REPORT The power and benefits of concept mapping: measuring use, usefulness, ease of use, and satisfaction Lee A. Freeman, Department of Management Studies, The University of Michigan – Dearborn, Dearborn, MI 48128, USA; e-mail: lefreema@umd.umich.edu; and Leonard M. Jessup, School of Accounting, Information Systems, and Business Law, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99165–4750, USA The power and benefits of concept mapping rest in four arenas: enabling shared understanding, the inclusion of affect, the balance of power, and client involvement. Concept mapping theory and research indicate concept maps (1) are appropriate tools to assist with communication, (2) are easy to use, and (3) are seen as beneficial by their users. An experiment was conducted to test these assertions and analyze the power and benefits of concept mapping using a typical business consulting scenario involving 16 groups of two individuals. The results were analyzed via empirical hypothesis testing and protocol analyses, and indicate an overall support of the theory and prior research and additional support of new measures of usefulness, ease of use, and satisfaction by both parties. A more thorough understanding of concept mapping is gained and available to future practitioners and researchers. Introduction
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