The Concept Map

[Posted Pursuant to Memorandum on Modalities of Completion A Task 2]

Click on the two images for a more detailed look. The above two images, firstly, show us what a concept map is in theory, and, secondly, the application of the idea of a concept map to a specific area of concern. Concept maps, in the professional setting most especially in the teaching and learning setting, are not static representations of knowledge. They are living documents that are subject to constant revision through reflective practice. There are a few useful tools online that enable us to develop richly detailed and well connected concept maps. A really good one is CMap

Coherentist theories of knowledge, to use Williard Quine’s (a noted logician and philosopher of science) evocative phrase, see knowledge not as resting upon a reductionist foundation but rather a web of belief much like the web of a spider.

A concept map is more than a mind map. A mind map, such as those we have constructed, link concepts to the central domain of concern. A concept map does this, but it better captures the connections and interconnections between a domain of knowledge or subject area, because each of the individual sub concepts are connected to each other, where appropriate, through the use of connecting phrases so we get a more intimately interconnected representation of knowledge. We want to develop a concept map that bridges the incongruities between our student context and institutional context so that we may plan the construction of the inclusive and insider classroom.

Stop, Discuss, Build: Let us, first, collectively work together using our notebooks and the overhead projector to develop a concept map using CMap with the headline “pedagogical content knowledge.” We want to capture all the concepts, and their interlinkages, that we collectively know and have come to know through practice regarding “pedagogical content knowledge.” In discussion justify your interlinkages.

A screenshot of our collective labour appears immediately below this post on our Workshop Blog.