Flexibility of Expressiveness: A Critical Factor in the Design of Concept Mapping Tools for Learning

Elske Heeren, Piet A.M. Kommers

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    Abstract

    This research report questions whether the expressiveness of cognitive mapping tools is an important variable in learning and retention of the information in a concept domain. Learning Tool, TextVision and SemNet have different symbol systems, different types of operations, and different means for expressing semantic relations in the concept domain to be studied by the learner. A qualitative analysis of student reports concludes that a concept mapping tool should offer a flexible method of representation rather than a fixed symbol set. The overall finding that flexibility of expressiveness is the major principle in concept mapping tools was made more explicit in seven design criteria for a new generation of ‘adaptive’ mapping tools.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCognitive Tools for Learning
    EditorsPiet A.M. Kommers, David H. Jonassen, J. Terry Mayes
    Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages85-102
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-77222-1
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-77224-5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 1992
    EventNATO Advanced Study Institute on Mindtools: Cognitive
    Technologies for Modeling 1990
    - University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
    Duration: 4 Jul 199010 Jul 1990

    Conference

    ConferenceNATO Advanced Study Institute on Mindtools: Cognitive
    Technologies for Modeling 1990
    CountryNetherlands
    CityEnschede
    Period4/07/9010/07/90

    Keywords

    • Cognitive mapping tools
    • Information retention
    • Learning tool
    • TextVision
    • SemNet

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