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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 B. Concept Mapping Tools


appendix b concept mapping tools The following table contains a partial list of tools for concept mapping. Please note that this list is by no means comprehensive. It provides merely a sample of the tools that are available for concept mapping. As new technologies are constantly emerging, we encourage you to augment your evaluation of poten- tial tools with candidates found from other sources such as your colleagues and Internet searches. Software Web Address AXON Idea Processor CMAPTools Concept Systems software the-concept-system.html Edraw Mind Map Edraw Max php Inspiration® software Mental 254 using concept mapping to foster adaptive expertise Software Web Address Mind Manager Visual Understanding Environment xMind

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