, Volume 402, Issue 6, pp 1979-1986

The use of concept maps for knowledge management: from classrooms to research labs

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The knowledge explosion, information technology development and globalization have dramatically affected our society [1]. Knowledge societies, which have been emerging since the end of the last century, have shaped our contemporary way of life [1, 2]. New challenges and global problems with long-term impact must be addressed, implying a need for changing the way we transmit knowledge (education) and produce knowledge (research) [3, 4]. Both classrooms and research labs must be transformed into learning organizations, i.e. groups of people who are continually enhancing their creative capabilities [5, 6]. According to Peter Senge, there are five disciplines critical to building effective collaborative teams: systems thinking, personal mastery, mental models, building a shared vision and team learning [5]. Despite all the theoretical frameworks available, there is a lack of strategies and tools to change old-fashioned practices still prevalent in education and research labs. In this paper