Learning with collaborative concept maps: A Meta-Analysis

ID: 27544 Type: Full Paper
  1. Olusola Adesope and John Nesbit, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Thursday, October 29 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Location: Pavilion Ballroom C

Presider: Olusola Adesope, Washington State University-Pullman, United States

Abstract: Concept maps are typically used to represent knowledge in a node-link format. Although decades of research have produced some understanding of the cognitive effects of using concept maps in individual learning, theories about their effects in collaborative learning are less firmly established. This paper reviews research on collaborative concept maps. Overall, we found that students who learned collaboratively by constructing concept maps outperformed those who learned from other activities such as studying texts, outlines, lists and lectures. However, no effect of studying pre-constructed concept maps in collaborative settings was statistically detected.

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