Concept Mapping

Concept maps are any form of visual representation of information including charts, graphic organizers, tables, flow charts, Venn diagrams, timelines, and matrices.  Here, we will focus on the graphic organizer.  Graphic organizers typically take one of two forms: radial (left) or hierarchical (right). 

concept map image

One of the most important steps in creating a concept map is to make meaningful connections.  It is not enough to just draw a line connecting two ideas, but there should be some sort of linking word, symbol, equation, or diagram to makes it clear what the connection is. 

You may find this video from the U of G Library helpful as it shows 7 steps for making concept maps

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