5 Summary

Concept mapping is a powerful assessment tool that you can use to reveal your students’ understanding and how they see how concepts are linked. There is no one correct way of creating a concept map and there is no one correct map for any given topic or set of concept. In this way, a concept map is unique to the individual or group that creates it.

You can adapt concept mapping to your class and use it in a number of ways. It is also a useful teaching strategy that you can use to help students learn through small groupwork and discussion. However you decide to use concept maps, your students will need to be taught how to create a concept map. It is worth investing time in doing this, because once students have grasped the principle of concept mapping, it is a very worthwhile and useful technique to use in your teaching.

4 Using concept mapping to promote learning