Interaction Between Topology and Semantics in Concept Maps: A Neurolinguistic Interpretation

Beirute, Leda and Miller, Norma L. (2008) Interaction Between Topology and Semantics in Concept Maps: A Neurolinguistic Interpretation. In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the Third Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia, pp. 462-468. ISBN 978-9985-58-585-6

PDF - Published Version
Download (127kB) | Preview
Official URL:


This article analyses, from a neurolinguistic perspective, results obtained from the application of a taxonomy of concept maps developed at the Conéctate al Conocimiento Project in Panama to a sample of over 500 maps. The 2-part taxonomy consists of a topological taxonomy and a semantic scoring rubric. Of particular interest to us is the association found between structural and semantic complexity of completed concept maps. Results of this first application of the complete taxonomy indicate that positive changes in semantic levels tend to be accompanied by positive changes in topological levels; also, negative changes in topological levels tend to result in negative changes in semantic levels. The converse does not appear to be true, that is increasing the complexity of the special configuration of concept maps does not translate into more intricate and sophisticated semantic texts. These results evidence a need to focus on improving semantic quality in order to achieve overall improvement in map quality, including its viso-spacial configuration or topology. Neurolinguistic Theory seems to contribute to understanding the nature of this relationship, and provides theoretical guidance for the design of new didactic strategies to improve significant learning based on concept maps.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2008, Structure of Concept Mapping
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2015 10:49
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2015 11:19

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item