Does the Form of Concept Map Nodes Matters?

Kozminsky, Ely and Nathan, Nurit (2008) Does the Form of Concept Map Nodes Matters? In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the Third Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia, pp. 359-364. ISBN 978-9985-58-584-9

PDF - Published Version
Download (264kB) | Preview
Official URL:


Two studies examine the effect of the geometric forms of nodes of a concept map, presented prior to reading a text, on its comprehension. In the first study we varied the map interface. 162 students received a concept map to study. The map was presented in one of five interfaces: two bi-form interfaces (ellipses for content and rectangles for structure concepts, and vice versa), two uniform interfaces (ellipses or rectangles node frames), or a concept map without frames. Then a text was given to study without the map, and a comprehension test followed. Three texts were studied. The results indicated no comprehension differences between the two bi-form groups and neither between the two uniform groups. The comprehension scores were higher for the bi-form compared with the uniform interface. The no frame interface received the lowest scores. Before and after studying the texts, the students ranked their preferences for the various map interfaces. The preferences were in concordance to the overall comprehension results, regardless to the group conditions. In the second study we also compared an incongruent bi- form map to the other conditions using the same procedure. Incongruence hindered comprehension and was least preferred.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2008
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2014 18:04
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2014 18:04

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item