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Mind Mapping


  • Concept Maps: diagrams that show relationships, links or associations between concepts.
  • Concept Mapping: a technique to show concepts and their relationships with each other through labeled arrows.
  • Mind Maps: The organization of mind maps reflects how the mind processing thinking as ideas arise
  • Mind Mapping: A process that brainstorms ideas, words, tasks or other elements and arranges them in groups around a central notion
  • Group Concept Maps: constructed through active collaboration among group members. More content and cross-links result due to contribution by different learning styles that bring differnt knowledge to the task.

Definitions taken from Handbook of Research on Collaborative Learning using Concept Mapping by Patricia Lupion Torres & Rita de Cassia Veiga Marriott

Mind Mapping or Concept Mapping

What is Mind Mapping or Concept Mapping?

Sample mind map that includes color and basics of how to create a mind map

A mind map or mind-map is a pictorial representation of how a central concept is linked to other concepts and issues. There are no formal restrictions on the kinds of links used in a mind map. Most often, a mind map involves color or monochrome images, words, and lines. The elements are arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts, and they are organized into groupings, branches, or areas.  A person who is making a mind map is encouraged to use radiant thinking (from the word radiate, meaning to spread or move in two directions). Radiant thinking is a process that proceeds from or connects to a central point.  Mind maps are external expressions of radiant thinking.
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Last updated on Jun 3, 2024 9:01 PM