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ERIC Number: EJ771834
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
A Review of Studies on Collaborative Concept Mapping: What Have We Learned about the Technique and What Is Next?
Gao, Hong; Shen, E.; Losh, Susan; Turner, Jeannine
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v18 n4 p479-492 Oct 2007
Collaborative concept mapping engages two or more students in coordinated and sustained efforts in the creation of one or more concept maps in order to learn and construct knowledge. It is a potentially powerful instructional strategy in that it fosters meaningful learning and group knowledge construction and helps the building of common ground among learners. However, limited research studies in this area have generated mixed findings. This article attempts to find possible reasons for the mixed findings by reviewing some studies that specifically addressed the use of concept mapping in individual learning and/or group knowledge construction. Based on the findings, the article proposes the use of other instructional strategies along with collaborative concept mapping for better implementation of the technique in both face-to-face and online environments. The implications for further investigations in this area are also discussed. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A