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Integrating collaborative concept mapping in case based learning

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Author(s): Alfredo Tifi

Journal: Journal for Educators, Teachers and Trainers
ISSN 1989-9572

Volume: 4.1;
Issue: Special;
Start page: 154;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Generalized Concept Mapping | bottom-up concept mapping | case-based learning (CBL) | preconcept | Scientific concept

ABSTRACT
Different significance of collaborative concept mapping and collaborative argumentation in Case Based Learning are discussed and compared in the different perspectives of answering focus questions, of fostering reflective thinking skills and in managing uncertainty in problem solving in a scaffolded environment. Marked differences are pointed out between the way concepts are used in constructing concept maps and the way meanings are adopted in case based learning through guided argumentation activities. Shared concept maps should be given different scopes, as for example a) as an advance organizer in preparing a background system of concepts that will undergo transformation while accompanying the inquiry activities on case studies or problems; b) together with narratives, to enhance awareness of the situated epistemologies that are being entailed in choosing certain concepts during more complex case studies, and c) after-learning construction of a holistic vision of the whole domain by means of the most inclusive concepts, while scaffoldedcollaborative writing of narratives and arguments in describing-treating cases could better serve as a source of situated-inspired tools to create-refine meanings for particular concepts.
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