Using enriched skeleton concept mapping to support meaningful learning

A.J. Maree, J.M. Bruggen, van, W.M.G. Jochems

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    Abstract. There has been significant interest among researchers in the instructional use of concept maps and collaboration scripts. Some studies focus on students' collaboration on concept mapping tasks; others focus on scripts to structure learning tasks and guide interactions. Little is known about scripted collaborative concept mapping. This article reports a study in which we examine the effects on meaningful learning of scripting students' argumentative interactions during collaborative "enriched skeleton concept mapping". Each concept in the enriched skeleton concept map (ESCoM) contains "annotated factual multimedia information" and an embedded micro collaboration script. The study was performed in a Biomolecules course of the Bachelor of Applied Science program. First-year students were randomly assigned to an experimental group of 44 students and a control group of 49 students. In the experimental group, students worked together in pairs on an ESCoM guided by embedded collaboration scripts. The control group received the regular course. The results show that students were able to handle and appreciate the enriched skeleton concept mapping products and processes. Moreover, concept maps appeared to be scored reliable and validly. Finally, the regular course exam showed that the experimental group outperformed the control group. Enriched skeleton concept mapping resulted in a better understanding of the conceptual structure of the domain, the concepts and their relations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Concept Mapping, 17-20 September 2012, Valetta, Malta
    EditorsA.J. Cañas, J.D. Novak, J. Vanhear
    Place of PublicationValetta, Malta
    PublisherInstitute for Human and Machine Cognition
    ISBN (Print)978-99957-0-309-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Eventconference; Fifth International Conference on Concept Mapping; 2012-09-17; 2012-09-20 -
    Duration: 17 Sept 201220 Sept 2012


    Conferenceconference; Fifth International Conference on Concept Mapping; 2012-09-17; 2012-09-20
    OtherFifth International Conference on Concept Mapping


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