Concept mapping stresses the importance of prior knowledge. The idea is that students are given a central concept and identify knowledge they already have. It can be done individually or in groups. Instructors can also lead the process. Students can do this activity at the beginning or end of the unit, either as a formative or summative assessment.
Appropriate Content Areas
Applicable to all areas.
Goals & Objectives
Identify how the activity aligns with student learning objectives (SLOs).
The objective is to relate ideas that already exist in the students' mental structures to new ideas and concepts.