ERIC Number: EJ1030155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
Concept Mapping as a Learning Tool in Higher Education: A Critical Analysis of Recent Reviews
Kinchin, Ian M.
Journal of Continuing Higher Education, v62 n1 p39-49 2014
This article aims to reexamine conclusions drawn by recent analyses of the literature on concept mapping as an educational tool by considering the wider literature on curriculum development. This is with the aim of enhancing the application of concept mapping to higher education. As part of an iterative review process, issues raised by previous analyses are reconsidered with reference to educational research papers that were not considered previously. A greater consideration of the context for learning provides alternatives to some of the assumptions that underpin the discipline-specific concept mapping literature. The methodological shortcomings in the literature on concept mapping revealed by earlier reviews are reevaluated to support reflection on how the tool may be profitably used and also how such reviews may be conducted to better inform practice. This article offers enhanced guidance on the contextualisation of concept mapping and recommendations for its future use in higher education.
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Higher Education, Educational Research, Educational Environment, Literature Reviews, Criticism, Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research, Evaluation Methods, Cooperative Learning, College Curriculum
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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