Effects of Constructing Concept Maps on the Quality of Web-Searched Information and Subsequent Inquiry Projects

Kozminsky, Ely and Nathan, Nurit and Vaizberg, Alexandra (2006) Effects of Constructing Concept Maps on the Quality of Web-Searched Information and Subsequent Inquiry Projects. In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the Second Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica, pp. 193-198. ISBN 9977-15-148-2

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The study investigated whether the use of concept mapping as a preparatory stage for identifying relevant information on a given research subject on the web, improves search results. In addition we analyzed the effects of the search process on the quality of inquiry projects, prepared by sixth graders. 78 students from three classes participated in the study. They were assigned to 27 small teams (about three students in a team) for the purpose of preparing inquiry projects. The teams, balanced across classes, were randomly assigned to three intervention groups. One group was instructed in preparing concept maps for the purpose of searching the web to find relevant documents. The second group was instructed in preparing lists for the search purpose. The third, control, was instructed in identifying main ideas of texts. All the groups searched on the web and found a similar amount of documents. The map and the list groups found better quality documents than the control. An advantage for the map group over the list and the control was found in the inquiry projects. The map teams were superior over the list teams in integrating relevant concepts in their projects and producing more coherent projects as a result of their engagement in the mapping activity.

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: 24 Aug 2012 09:31
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2012 22:05

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