The Use of Concept Mapping to Detect the Evolution of Knowledge about Jewish History

Pomson, Alex D.M. and Hoz, Ron (2006) The Use of Concept Mapping to Detect the Evolution of Knowledge about Jewish History. In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the Second Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica, pp. 558-565. ISBN 9977-15-148-2

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In this paper we describe the identification and characterization of changes within an individual adolescent’s knowledge of Jewish history after exposure to an instructional intervention in this area. The data consisted of three concept maps, that were constructed before, immediately after the intervention, and two and a half months later. These concept maps were derived by the SConSAT version of concept mapping that does not restrict in any way the arrangement of the concepts. Therefore the constructed concept maps can be non-hierarchical and may contain new elements, namely, concept clusters and multi-concept links. The comparative analysis of these maps showed that a major change occurred in the student's knowledge immediately at the end of the course, that this knowledge structure remained highly stable over a long period when there was no history teaching. Yet the latter knowledge structure more accurately represents the content and style of the course of instruction than does the immediate post- intervention knowledge structure. The findings are discussed from three perspectives. Philosophically, they are relevant to claims about a prevailing and general antipathy between history and memory. Psychologically, they illustrate the stability of knowledge structures. Methodologically, they reveal the potential of a concept mapping methodology to generate grounded theory about change in historical knowledge.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2006
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2012 21:35
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2012 21:35

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