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ERIC Number: EJ871161
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
3-D Mind Maps: Placing Young Children in the Centre of Their Own Learning
Howitt, Christine
Teaching Science, v55 n2 p42-46 Jun 2009
Three-dimensional mind maps are a highly effective tool for providing engaging, kinaesthetic and sensory experiences for young children, with real objects used to promote the sharing of knowledge and the creation of connections. The use of real objects allows children the opportunity to connect with those objects at a personal level, thus placing the children at the centre of their own learning, both mentally and physically. This paper describes two procedures for developing 3-D mind maps with children in early childhood: the first with an emphasis on children's drawings and the second with an emphasis on children's ideas. Each procedure is illustrated with a specific example and supported by photographs highlighting the process. The role of the teacher, along with the advantages and limitations associated with using 3-D mind maps, are also discussed. (Contains 11 figures.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A