Unformatted text preview: on, 1995; Ruiz-Prima &
Schavelson, 1996). Research supports concept mapping as an effective
intervention for improving students’ organization and cohesion in writing, their
ability to develop meaningful understandings, and their ability to reflect on their
own misunderstandings (Sturm & Rankin-Erickson, 2002; van Boxtel, van der
linden, Roelofs, & Erkens, 2002).
When implementing spatial/semantic organizers in your classroom, there
are some recommendations to consider (Baroody & Bartels, 2000; Merkley &
Jeffries, 2000/2001; Katayama & Robinson, 2000).
• Start small at first. Use a single topic with a few concepts to
interconnect. 31 • Consider using technology designed for creating concept maps.
They make it easier to produce and edit concept maps. • Actively involve students in the creation and use of maps. For
example, provide incomplete maps that students are asked to
complete as they take notes. Have students identify and reflect on
the relationships that are portrayed. • Consider having students interact as th...
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- Educational Psychology, Instructional Technique