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Using Concept Mapping to Foster Adaptive Expertise

Enhancing Teacher Metacognitive Learning to Improve Student Academic Performance


Diane Salmon and Melissa Kelly

Concept mapping is a powerful means to promote metacognitive learning in students and teachers alike. When teachers integrate concept mapping into their instructional planning, they clarify the big ideas, expose new conceptual relationships, and refine learning goals for their students. Salmon and Kelly provide a research-based framework and corresponding strategies to help teachers develop, critique, and revise their concept maps. In using this approach, teachers refine knowledge for teaching in order to expand their adaptive expertise and ultimately improve the academic performances of their students. Teacher candidates at both the undergraduate and graduate level can use this book to support their professional learning and planning for teaching. Teacher educators will find this text appropriate for courses that address learning, cognition, and instructional planning. In-service professionals can use the approach described here to support their own professional development through their practice. Administrators and coaches will find the volume a useful tool in fostering a professional learning community in their schools.


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Preface vii Part I. Theoretical and Empirical Basis for Teacher Concept Mapping Chapter 1. Metacognitive Learning 5 Chapter 2. Our Metacognitive Learning Through and About Concept Mapping 21 Chapter 3. Teacher Learning Trajectories 43 Part II. Four Core Practices of Concept Mapping Chapter 4. Selecting the Big Ideas 73 Chapter 5. Articulating the Linking Phrases 93 Chapter 6. Organizing Conceptual Structures 113 Chapter 7. Creating Conceptual Coherence 135 vi contents Part III. Tools for Integrating Multiple Perspectives Within and Across Concept Maps Chapter 8. Evaluating Concept Maps for Instructional Planning 163 Chapter 9. Mentoring Instructional Planning Via Concept Maps 175 Chapter 10. Collaborative Concept Mapping and Adaptive Expertise 193 Chapter 11. Tools for Constructing Concept Maps 211 Conclusions 239 References 241 Appendix A. Sample Concept Maps 247 Appendix B. Concept Mapping Tools 253 Author Index 255 Subject Index 259

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