How to use Concept Maps/Graphic Organizers in class:
Students can use graphic organizers to:
- Brainstorm and identify concepts and ideas relevant to a topic or question. Instructors may ask the students to engage in a brainstorming activity using advance organizers at the beginning of the lesson in order for students to make connections to past knowledge and experiences.
- Identify and acknowledge the relationships between the concepts within a content area addressed in the lesson. Students can examine how the concepts and ideas connect to each other and name the type of their relationship.
- Organize and categorize information making stronger links between what they already know and what is new to them.
- Construct or reconstruct representations of information and seek meaning between interrelated parts of information. It is through that engagement that students may discover or rediscover ideas, meanings and experiences, which may have been neglected.
- Interpret data and analyze information. As result of identifying meanings and relationships students will be able to make interpretations of them and engage in further analysis of the information.
- Combine content and meanings and engage in problem solving. Students will be able to identify the cause-and-effect relationships between meanings and come up with solutions to issues and questions.
- Take control of their meaning making approaches and reflect on their learning and knowledge construction process. Students can reflect on how they make sense of the information and become aware of their own knowledge structuring processes.
- Consider ways in which such meaning construction processes can be applied in different contexts in order to address issues and concerns.