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Concept Mapping Software: Its use in an Instructional Design Course

Brief Paper ID: 20296
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    Angelia Reid-Griffin
    UNC Wilmington
  2. Elizabeth Ambe
    Graduate School of Education University of Massachusetts Lowell

Abstract: Concept mapping, also known as mind maps, thinking maps or graphic organizers have been used in education since the early 1980’s to help students think about ideas, see the relationship among concepts, and visually represent their ideas in an organized manner (Gains & Shaw, 1995). This paper describes the use of the Inspiration software to develop concept maps in an instructional design and evaluation course in a university in southeastern North Carolina. The purpose for using this instructional strategy was to stimulate learners to become more engaged in the process of planning instructional tasks, to promote their understanding of various curriculum concepts, and to integrate technology into the course content. The paper also discusses the pre-service teachers’ responses to using this tool. Overall, students responded positively to the use of the Inspiration softwares in constructing concept maps.

Presider: Angelia Reid-Griffin, UNC Wilmington, Randall Library, Watson College of Education


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