Descriptive Concept Map

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Descriptive Concept Map

A descriptive concept map is a powerful teaching tool that helps students to visualize the existing relationships amongst multiple ideas. Traditionally, this diagram has a descending hierarchy and consists of one main box placed at the top of the structure with several lines of subordinated boxes which are situated below. All the boxes are connected with arrows, and contain brief information specifying a particular concept. There are also linking phrases which are used to determine the different types of relationships.

Teachers use descriptive concept maps to encourage the generation of ideas and to develop students' creative skills. There are no age limits regarding who can understand the method, as a descriptive concept map can have both a simple or sophisticated structure, consisting of only a few or multiple items.

To build an effective descriptive concept map, you should first study the domain of knowledge that is familiar to your students; otherwise the rendered diagram may end up completely useless. Create a certain context, taking a particular problem or just a paragraph from the text-book, which will serve as the underlying theme behind the whole map. Then, construct a focus question that is meant to outline the problem. As a rule, fifty percent of your time should be spent making a good focus question, as it is possibly the most crucial point in the making of an effective descriptive concept map.