- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 28, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521319269
- ISBN-13: 978-0521319263
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author discusses Concept Mapping (Entity Relationship diagrams for computer people) and Vee Diagrams, a template for structuring knowledge on specific concepts.
He shows how these two tools can improve learning in students. His examples start with a science class that uses a laboratory to teach practical skills and scientific method learning to students. For these students, the two tools become important for structuring knowledge and directing future research.
His results show that students need to make learning relevant to their existing knowledge and these tools will help do that. His results show an initial drop off in standardized testing after applying these tools, but then the scores pick back up and exceed standard rote-learning. I would agree with this -- if you're talking about the upper 20 % of the students. But I can't see the class laggards buying into these tools, as they require the student to be in love with their subject. These tools show you how to go deeper and how to find new knowledge.
I would recommend these tools for advanced classes and motivated students. I agree with the author that they will help researchers push back the envelopes of knowledge on their fields of specialization.
The Vee tool forces a template of things to "Think" and "Do" when you are formulating questions on a topic. Although perhaps tedious for some, it appears to work very well. I liked it very much. Students in a science lab can use these templates to decide what questions to research, what tests need to be run, how to know if they are successful, etc.
It is in this scientific area where the big payoff for these Vee charts are. I doubt that John Q. Public is going to find them as a useful tool on everyday learning decisions. For this reason I recommend this book for any type of researcher. The author describes how these Vee Charts have been used successfully by graduate students on their theses.
But John Q. Public can easily apply the Concept Maps. And, the author uses these maps as a tool to interview and assess students. The author also uses them to help develop books, articles and learning materials.
This book would be excellent for someone who has read Kuhn (scientfic revolutions) and wants to find some tools and methodologies for extending knowledge in his field.
I think the author is correct in most of his work. This book is particularly recommended for graduate students doing any kind of research papers.
Sugar Land, TX
The book itself is very clear. The most important aspect is the theory that supports the practice. However, for the average reader, the book will add a great deal of knowledge for helping to apply this technique and set of principles.
There are a wide veriety of styles and examples throughout. Unlike the ridiculous new age hype supporting mind mapping, Novak
gives a refreshingly accurate picture of what you can expect from using the techniques, thus, allowing the reader to apply concept mapping appropriately.
This book is useful for all wishing to improve their ability to learn.