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Underlying theory of Concept Maps

Here are links to important scholarly papers by Joseph D. Novak and Alberto J. Cañas on Concept Maps, their theory and construction.

How to construct Concept Maps and their theoretical underpinings

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The theory underlying Concept Maps and how to construct them

Managing, Mapping, and Manipulating Conceptual Knowledge (PDF)

Concept Maps: A Theoretical Note on Concepts and the Need for Cyclic Concept Maps (PDF)

Re-examining the foundations for effective use of concept maps (PDF)

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hb at ramboll dot dk 2008-08-08 05:09:50
Congratulation with your great homepage, which I just discovered. I am a Danish specialist in creating structures for re-use of information within engineering all engineering disciplines, based on in-ternational ISO/IEC standards, and have also published some official guidelines here in DK (available in English as well). Looking trough your website (and others), it does not seem like the perfect match of re-use of engineering information supported by mindmapping is clear at all (if anybody was aware at all). Since the economical benefit of doing so is huge, and as I would like to introduce this technique as such, I do miss some kind of official email I can write to for further discussions about this subject. As said, the technique is based on ISO/IEC 81346 standard series (engineering/design). Please have a look at my homepage (to be developed - please have a look at the Danish flag as well (:-). Kind regards Henrik Balslev
vic at mind-mapping dot org 2008-08-08 11:12:43
Hello Henrik,

Thank you for getting in touch. I haven't heard of mind mapping for information re-use. I would have thought it was not sufficently rigorous, and too individualistic? That's not a criticism, of mind mapping, I use it all the time, but feel it is more a thinking framework than a way of presenting information for re-use. Wouldn't Topic Maps be more suitable? Already an ISO standard, and a rigorous one.

At first glance, I could not see how ISO/IEC 81346 is connected with mind mapping. I found this reference "IEC 81346-2 Ed. 2 Industrial systems, installations and equipment and industrial products – Structuring principles and reference designation – Part 2: Classification of objects and codes for classes..."

My mind is open though, and I'll look at your page and fuerther at ISO 81346. Maybe you can guide me more on the connection.

My email address is in the first paragraph of the front page, but anyway in its anti-spammer form, it's this : Vic at the above domain

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Visual representation of knowledge

Here are some links to articles on the visual representation of knowledge by Sigmar-Olaf Tergan, an academic leader in the field

An overview of concept mapping

This is a 1997 article by Eric Plotnick, from the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology Syracuse NY

Concept maps and web research

For me, web research and concept maps are a good pairing. As I research - I build a map. As I map - I realise new areas that need research.
This papers variously by Arguedas, Cañas, Carnot, Carvalho, Dunn, Eskridge, Gram, Leake, Maguitman, Muldoon and Reichherzer have helped me to understand why, and see other possibilities.

Assessment by concept map

This piece discusses the nature of knowledge, the difficulty in measuring achievement in the three types of domain knowledge, and how concept maps offer one way of judging students' knowledge structure.

Framework for mind mapping

Here is a link to a set of free templates for many types of mind maps. This is good solid stuff, and if you have MindManager, there's no reason not to get it.
But if you don't have MindManager, well, there's still no reason to hold back - go and pick up the MindManager Viewer from MindJet's site. That is also free.