First National Congress
6-7 December 2004, Cebu City, Philippines


Concept Mapping-Implementation in an IT-enabled Classroom
by Maria Lurenda Suplido
Faculty of Management & Development Studies and Office of Academic Support & Instructional Services, UP Open University

Concept mapping is a technique of knowledge representation introduced by Novak in the 1960s. It continues to gather proponents in many disciplines, including education. Based on meaningful learning theories put forward by Ausubel, concept maps have been shown to increase the capacity of learners to organize, systematize, and visualize relationships between concepts, which in turn enhance retention and understanding. Specifically, concept mapping can be used as a technique to generate ideas, design a complex structure, communicate complex ideas, aid learning by explicitly integrating new and old knowledge, encourage visual communication, improve affective conditions for learning, and assess understanding or diagnose misunderstanding.

Software have been developed to make concept mapping easier in an IT-enabled classroom. CMap is one such software that is available for free. In this session, applications of concept mapping (using CMap) are discussed.

 

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