In order to create knowledge structure of a concept map you will identify:
- Concepts – expressed by a noun or a noun construction. They shape events or objects perceived as patterns or templates. They are plotted in circles or rectangles. A Concept Map starts from the main concept that will be branched by arcs with other concepts.
- Labelled arrows – expressed through verbs or verbal construction showing the semantic link between the two concepts.
- Hierarchical levels – are sets of concepts that have the same level of generalisation. It forms a branch of the concept map. The general concepts are on higher levels.
To create a knowledge structure of a concept map you should answer the following questions:
- What is the main concept/idea from a specified area (a particular problem, a situation)? To find this concept, you may ask the following questions:
- What is the problem that needs to be resolved?
- What is the conclusion do we need to obtain?
- What are the relevant key concepts? They can be around 10-20 key concepts. They must be organised from the general to the particular.
What is the connection between concepts: what is the verb or phrase that links any two concepts?