Students visually represent a concept in terms of its attributes and their connections, using pen and paper, software, or (in groups) post-its and string. Concept maps have similarities with some of the physical structures that take place in our brains when we learn something new. Concept maps can be used during a session to stimulate discussion. They show how well students have understood a topic, and can be assessed formatively, or to find out about students’ prior knowledge. They have been used as summative assessment to assess students’ developing framework of key concepts.
Guidance on concept mapping can be found on our ‘Assessment for learning at King’s‘ resource.
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