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An international conference on concept mapping ("3rd International Conference on Concept Mapping") organised by Tallinn University and Helsinki University and IHMC (Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, USA) begins on 22 September 2008 in Tallinn. The conference takes place in two cities - Tallinn (September 22-23) and Helsinki (September 24-25). One of the plenary speakers is the author of concept mapping, Joseph D. Novak. Other main speakers are Alberto Canas (USA), Ian Kinchin (United Kingdom) ja Otto Silesky (Costa Rica).
In addition to plenaries, group and poster presentations special workshops for businessmen and teachers will be organised to introduce the possibilities of concept mapping in business and at school. Computer programmes for creating concept mapping will be demonstrated as well.
There will be 93 oral and 84 poster presentations at the conference. Three panel discussions: “Concept Mapping & Innovation“, “Concept Mapping & Standardized Testing“ and “PISA“ will take place. More than 200 participants from 35 countries have registered so far (most of them from the USA, Spain, Italy, Finland, Mexico and Germany).
What is concept mapping method ?
It is a graphic method to represent thoughts using words, symbols, colours and pictures. To construct a concept map all above mentioned means should be connected to form sentences. The method is based on Ausubel’s thinking theory and follows constructive learning theory. The method was first used by Joseph D. Novak, who is one of the key presenters at the conference. During the last decade concept mapping has become very popular at school where it can be used as a means both for teaching and testing.
Additional information on the conference can be found: http://concept-map.org/
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