What is a ‘concept map’?

A ‘concept map’ is essentially the diagram of an idea. As such, it is literally the map of a concept.

In its most basic form, a concept map contains one main idea (the focus of study) with various smaller component ideas arrayed around it. These smaller ideas are usually elements of the main idea, through which the main idea may be understood, learnt and remembered.

Between the main idea and the component ideas are usually connectors of some kind: like lines, arrows or other graphics, which illustrate the relationship between the main and component ideas – and sometimes also the relationship between the component ideas themselves.

Through a concept map, then, an idea may be graphically understood.

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