In concept mapping, areas of knowledge are represented in the form of a conceptual network. A concept map describes the meaning of specific topics (concepts) and their relationships to each other. The nature of the conceptual relationships becomes visible through the positioning of the terms in the network (e.g. superior, inferior hierarchy).
The terms are connected by lines. The terms or symbols noted on the line describe the type of relationships (e.g. causal, temporal relationships).
Learning targets of a concept map:
- explore how learners structure their knowledge
- structure and understand their knowledge conceptually
- identify missing or misunderstood concepts
- communicate structured knowledge