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Assessment Using Concept Mapping

What are Concept Maps?


A concept map is a diagram with hierarchical nodes, labeled with concepts. The nodes are linked together with directional lines and are arranged from general to specific. For more information on why and how to use concept maps, see Starting Point: Concept Maps.

For step-by-step instructions, further explanation and examples see Classroom Assessment Techniques: Concept Mapping

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Additional Resources

  • Rebich, S. and C. Gautier, 2005, Concept Mapping to Reveal Prior Knowledge and Conceptual Change in a Mock Summit Course on Global Climate Change, Journal of Geoscience Education v. 53, n. 4, September, 2005, p. 355-365.
  • Novak, J. D., & D. B. Gowin. (1984). Learning How to Learn. New York and Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
    Oft-referenced book on using concept maps in instruction. Important complement to references on using concept maps for assessment, because concept mapping has a (modest) learning curve and is best used for assessment if it is also used for instruction.
  • Ruiz-Primo, M. and Shavelson, R. (1996). Problems and issues in the use of concept maps in science assessment. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 33 (6) 569-600.
    Perhaps the first significant analysis of the use of concept maps for assessment.

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