Concept maps are rubbish

A very interesting read.

EDIT: A reader brought to my attention that my short note when I originally re-blogged this article indicated that I agreed with the basic premise, that concept maps are in fact rubbish. I should clarify that that is not my view. While I think the research is very intriguing, and the results interesting, I do not believe that this means we should dismiss the use of concept maps. I do believe they serve a very useful purpose, not necessarily as a method of revision, but as a way of crystallising the understanding of a concept, and identifying both what is known and where there are gaps, the connections and components of the concepts that are unknown.

-Updated 1st November, 2015.

Filling the pail

For many years, I have given the following advice to students who are preparing for an exam.

“There are two ways to revise; answering questions or turning information from one form into another. Both mean that you have to process information in some way. On the other hand, reading your notes or just copying them out can be done without really thinking and so these aren’t very effective.”

I don’t know what I based this advice upon, other than my own intuition. I was quite late to education research, as I suspect many teachers have been. So I was particularly interested when in 2013, Dunlosky et. al. published their findings about the most effective study strategies. Testing was in there – and that was the main message that seems to have come out from the various articles and blogs that have been written on the back of this paper (as an aside, it…

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