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Discovery Curriculum Teaching Toolbox

Concept Mapping: Getting Started

Concept mapping - a visual representation of how information and knowledge is organized

Why use concept mapping?

  • Visualizes course material
  • Connects course concepts
  • Assesses student learning of course materials
  • Develops conceptual understanding
  • Develops problem solving skills


  1. Define the problem.
  2. Generate the ideas.
  3. Structure the ideas.
  4. Create a concept map.
  5. Interpret the concept map.
  6. Utilize the concept map.


  • Encourages students to brainstorm and generate new ideas
  • Assists students with knowledge integration
  • Promotes critical thinking
  • Helps correlate the process of linking information to practice
  • Fosters pattern recognition
  • Encourages students to work collaboratively in groups

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