A concept map is a special type of diagram that helps visualise ideas or concepts and the hierarchical relationship or link between them.

It is essentially a technique used to organise information using key words or concepts that guide people from one idea to another in a structured diagram using blocks, lines and colours.

Concept maps were first developed by professor Joseph D. Novak at the University of Cornell in the 1960s. They were based on David Ausubel’s theory of meaningful learning. This psychological theory studies the process of how people learn using all aspects and factors that form part of acquiring, assimilating, and retaining content and its significance. From this information, it is understood that learning depends on the content that has been learned previously and how it relates to new information.

Characteristics of Concept Maps:

 Benefits of using a concept map:

As this is a tool that connects different concepts visually, it serves as an effective learning technique in both the way it helps represent information as well as the learning that takes place when making the map.

The following is an example of a concept map that covers and organises the information in this post:

conceptual-map

After looking at this map, do you think it’s easier to structure information and memorise it? What do you think? We want to hear your opinion so make sure to leave a comment below!

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