What is a

Concept Map

A concept map is a diagram that illustrates the relationship between concepts. It is a graphical tool that is often used by graphic designers, engineers and architects to structure and organize knowledge. Concept maps typically depict ideas and information as circles or boxes, which are connected with labeled arrows in a hierarchical structure that is downward-branching. The relationship between concepts can be articulated using linking phrases such as “causes,” “requires,” or “contributes to.”

Concept map refers to a visual organizer that can enrich students’ understanding of a new concept. It is similar to brainstorming and mind mapping, since it challenges students to articulate the essential concepts or ideas. However, unlike brainstorming and mind mapping, concept mapping defines how these essential components relate to each other. It results in maps that are structured and complex, but also more informative.