Concept Map

"Concept mapping is a technique for visualizing the relationships between different concepts. A concept map is a diagram showing the relationships between concepts. Concepts are connected with labelled arrows, in a downward-branching hierarchical structure. The relationship between concepts is articulated in linking phrases, e.g., "gives rise to", "results in", "is required by," or "contributes to". " (Wikipedia, 2005).


"Concept Map (learning map). The arrangement of major concepts from a text or lecture into a visual arrangement.  Lines are drawn between associated concepts, and relationships between the connected concepts are named.  These concept maps reveal the structural pattern in the material and provide the big picture."  (Ehrlich, 2002).




Literature & links:


Ehrlich, D. (2002). HRD 408:  Instructional Design II. Glossary of Terms.


Novak, J. D. & Cañas, A. J. (). The Origins of the Concept Mapping Tool and the Continuing Evolution of the Tool. Paper to appear in the Information Visualization Journal.


The Concept Mapping Homepage:


Concept Mapping Resources:


Kinds of Concept Maps:


Concept Mapping Resource Guide - William M. K. Trochim- Cornell University



Wikipedia. The free encyclopedia. (2005). Concept map.




See also: Concept in Knowledge Organization; Knowledge Map; Semantic tools




Birger Hjørland

Last updated: 26-02-2007