Faults in Concept Mapping: A Matter of Technique or Subject?

Conradty, C. and Bogner, F. X. (2008) Faults in Concept Mapping: A Matter of Technique or Subject? In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the Third Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia, pp. 399-405. ISBN 978-9985-58-585-6

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Concept maps appear to reflect a user’s knowledge achievement. For examining the impact of a subject’s difficulty or rather Cognitive Load on concept mapping within an educational implementation, we developed a lesson about two differently complex subject matters. Furthermore, we intended to verify whether concept mapping is an acceptable knowledge test or not. A- level 6th graders produced individual concept maps with regard to a taught subject matter immediately after a computer-aided biology lesson. Each group produced a concept map about both implemented subject matters. Altogether 283 students participated by producing 138 concept maps about the subject matter “Polliwog to Frog” (A) and 136 about the “Ecosystem Lake” (B). We analysed the maps’ complexity as well as the types of faults and we correlated the individual student’s knowledge scores with his/her concept map’s complexity. Students in general produced more complex concept maps about the easier subject matter (A), and they had difficulties to verbalize the appropriate connections of the complex subject matter (B). We found significant correlations between the knowledge scores and the actual complexity of a concept map: The actual complexity underestimates a student’s knowledge in general. The conclusions for an implementation in a classroom will be specifically discussed.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2008, Assessing Concept Maps
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2015 07:42
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2015 07:42

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