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Using concept maps to integrate hierarchical geographical concepts for holistic understanding
Concept maps
CMap tools
Conceptual learning
Hierarchical knowledge organization
Integrated knowledge
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Chatterjea, Kalyani. (2010). Using concept maps to integrate hierarchical geographical concepts for holistic understanding. Research in Geographic Education, 12(1), 21-40.
Concept maps can be a powerful learning tool for an interdisciplinary
subject like geography in which the integration of progressively developed
concepts, the incorporation of field experiences and data, and the integration
of location specific applications of learned concepts require a holistic
understanding of otherwise potentially segregated geographic processes.
Two university courses in Physical Geography were introduced to the use of
CmapTools in an effort to integrate various classroom-based and field-based
knowledge and develop a meaningful, holistic understanding of many related
concepts. The goal of this strategy was to emphasize the much desired connectivity
among the many facets of this interdisciplinary subject domain as
well as to integrate knowledge disseminated at various levels of undergraduate
training. The outcome indicates that learners, when provided with adequate
exposure and environment, use the concept mapping tool effectively to
integrate hierarchical geographic knowledge. Learners also found it a satisfying
and useful learning experience.
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