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Directing your thinking series

Basics of mind/concept mapping

Concept- or mind-mapping for learning
Tony Buzan video: how to mindmap

Mind mapping was developed by Tony Buzan:
"The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain's Untapped Potential", Penguin Books, New York. More information is available in a Mind Mapping FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Document.

Concept maps have their origin in the work of David Ausubel (advanced organizers). The technique of concept mapping was developed by Joseph D Novak at Cornell. "Concept maps have their origin in the learning movement called constructivism. In particular, constructivists hold that prior knowledge is used as a framework to learn new knowledge. In essence, how we think influences how and what we learn.

Concept maps identify the way we think, the way we see relationships between knowledge." Grayson H. Walker, Concept Mapping and Curriculum Design, Teaching Resource Center, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga