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A Research Methodological Study of Concept Mapping to Foster Shared Understanding to Promote Sustainable Development in the Unu-Ias Rce Espoo, Finland

Siirilä, Jani and Åhlberg, Mauri (2012) A Research Methodological Study of Concept Mapping to Foster Shared Understanding to Promote Sustainable Development in the Unu-Ias Rce Espoo, Finland. In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the Fifth Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. University of Malta, Msida, Malta, pp. 1-8. ISBN 978-99957-0-308-0

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Abstract

When interview transcripts or other texts are transformed into concept maps, the results will vary. In this study we’ll make a small experiment using a novice concept mapper and an expert concept mapper to map the same interview transcripts. The intent of the novice concept mapper is to use concept mapping as a research method in his doctoral dissertation on and for the UNU-IAS RCE Espoo. A RCE (Regional Center of Expertise) is a network of existing formal, non-formal and informal education organizations, to deliver Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to local and regional communities. RCEs aspire to achieve the goals of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UN DESD 2005-2014). A purposeful sample of stakeholders, partners and supporters of the UNU-IAS RCE Espoo were interviewed (N=27). The interviews were analyzed using concept mapping data analysis. This paper focuses on the concept mapping data analysis of the Director General of The Finnish National Board of Education and represents his understanding of concept of sustainable development and ESD. This is an example how concept mapping is used as a research method to promote shared understanding and learning for sustainable development. We are experimenting how concept maps of a novice concept mapper differs from concept maps of an expert concept mapper, when the same transcript of an interview is used as a source text. Åhlberg’s (1991, 1993) theory of concept mapping as a general research method for revealing structure of a prose text is used. Results will be discussed from the viewpoint of ESD.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2012
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2012 18:40
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2012 11:52
URI: http://eprint.ihmc.us/id/eprint/207

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