INTRODUCTION TO CONCEPT MAPPING
What is a concept map
A “concept map” is a diagram and a graphical tool depicting concepts and their relationships. It can be used in any sector or discipline in order to
How to build a concept map
A concept map can be developed through the following steps:
- definition of the “focus question”, which serves to define the topic to be described;
- listing of the concepts related to the focus question;
- the initial concepts usually represent the mapper’s previous knowledge;
- definition of the connections between the concepts, using meaningful linking phrases;
- if necessary,
definitionof “domains”: groups of concepts pertaining to the same field, sector, or discourse;
- if appropriate,
creationof “nested nodes”: sets of concepts and their connections, helping to define a hierarchy within the map;
- if necessary,
additionof new concepts, reorganisationof the map, and creationof additional “ cross links” connecting different sectors of the map or different nested nodes; this is usually the moment when the new knowledge is acquired and the method unfolds its potential.
Download an example of concept map describing the ENEPLAN project here.
Other introductory materials presented during kick-off workshop held in Rome (14-18 March 2016) is available here.
Guidelines on how to use C-map Cloud are available here.
The project partnership has chosen the
The following links refer to three short video lessons introducing the concept mapping method and tools. The videos are open source and were prepared within the framework of the Erasmus Plus project CARE - Empowering Climate Resilience.