Different applications of concept maps in Higher Education

Abstract: Purpose: The aim of this work is to show different applications of concept maps in higher education, concretely in qualifications of the Polytechnic University of Valencia.
Design/methodology/approach: Different methodologies have been used depending on the application of concept maps: as evaluation tool, as knowledge organizing tool, and as meaningful learning tool.
Findings: Students consider the concept maps useful principally to select key ideas, to achieve a comprehensive view of the lesson, and to bring up the subject. Moreover, concept maps promote the meaningful and active learning, help students to understand, follow-up, and learn subjects with a high load of contents.
Research limitations/implications: The most important limitation is the use of the concept maps in subjects with a high number of students.
Practical implications: The realization of concept maps allows the student to develop generic competences.
Originality/value: The originality of this work is to show how a same tool can be used in different subjects of different qualifications.
Keywords: concept map, evaluation tool, knowledge organizing tool, meaningful learning
Author: Amparo Bes Piá, Encarna Blasco-Tamarit, María José Muñoz-Portero

Journal Code: jptindustrigg110018

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