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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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Appendix A. Sample Concept Maps


appendix a sample concept maps Figure A.1. Concept map on the life cycle of butterflies. 248 using concept mapping to foster adaptive expertise Figure A.2. Concept map on the characteristics of successful communities. appendix a 249 Figure A.3. Concept map on the study of motion in 8th-grade science. 250 using concept mapping to foster adaptive expertise Figure A.4. Concept map on geography. appendix a 251 Figure A.5. Concept map on linear equations. 252 using concept mapping to foster adaptive expertise Figure A.6. Concept map on evolution.

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