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Concept Mapping: A Technique for Teaching about Systems and Complex Problems

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Jul 08, 2016
Michael L. Deaton, Cynthia A. Wei, and Yen-Chu Weng

Concept mapping is an educational technique that has been used in a wide variety of educational contexts in the past several decades. Within the context of teaching about socio-environmental (S-E) synthesis, the use concept maps has emerged as a common and useful practice: a large number of SESYNC case studies incorporate concept mapping as a core activity and assessment.. Here, we discuss why concept mapping is a particularly powerful teaching technique for teaching about S-E systems and complex S-E problems, and describe how it has been and can be used in S-E synthesis case studies.