Concept Mapping Using CmapTools to Enhance Meaningful Learning

Part of the Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing book series (AI&KP)

Abstract

Concept maps are graphical tools that have been used in all facets of education and training for organizing and representing knowledge. When learners build concept maps, meaningful learning is facilitated. Computer-based concept mapping software such as CmapTools have further extended the use of concept mapping and greatly enhanced the potential of the tool, facilitating the implementation of a concept map-centered learning environment. In this chapter, we briefly present concept mapping and its theoretical foundation, and illustrate how it can lead to an improved learning environment when it is combined with CmapTools and the Internet. We present the nationwide “Proyecto Conéctate al Conocimiento” in Panama as an example of how concept mapping, together with technology, can be adopted by hundreds of schools as a means to enhance meaningful learning.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC)PensacolaUSA

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