An Authoring Concept Mapping Kit for the Early Childhood Classroom

Gomez, Gloria (2006) An Authoring Concept Mapping Kit for the Early Childhood Classroom. In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the Second Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica, pp. 32-39. ISBN 9977-15-148-2

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This paper presents an Authoring Concept Mapping Kit that enables preschool children to verbally add meaning to symbolic representations. Building on the prior knowledge and strengths of the users, children and teachers, the Kit is comprised of tangible materials familiar to the early childhood classroom, with the addition of low cost, hand-sized, voice-input devices. Preschool teachers encourage their students to concept map with symbols as a way to overcome illiteracy. However in practice unlabeled symbols allow room for map misinterpretations, concepts cannot be distinguished from propositions, abstract concepts cannot be introduced, and linking phrases cannot be inserted. Testing outcomes from a pilot study performed in an urban Australian preschool with 4-to-5 year olds demonstrates the Kit effectively addresses these problems.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2006
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2012 19:00
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2012 22:00

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