Mind Mapping Mind mapping can be been defined as visual,non-linear representations of ideas and theirrelationships. Mind maps are comprised of anetwork of related concepts. In mind mapping,any idea can be connected to any other. Free-form, spontaneous thinking is encouraged whencreating a mind map. The aim of mind mappingis to find creative associations between ideas.Thus, mind maps can be viewed as associationmaps. The main use of mind mapping is tocreate an association of ideas.
Concept MappingConcept mapping is often confused withmind mapping. However, unlike mindmapping, concept mapping is morestructured, and less pictorial in nature. Theaim of concept mapping is not to generatespontaneous associative elements but tooutline relationships between ideas. Thus,concept mapping is a relational device. Aconcept map has a hierarchical structure.
Thinking MapsThinking Maps are eight visual-verballearning tools in the form of graphicorganizers, each of which is based on afundamental thinking process and usedtogether as a set of tools for showingrelationships. Thinking maps differ fromthat of concept and mind maps in thateach graphic organizer is meant to beused to target a different specific subsetlearning skill area.
Mind Map Uses• Brainstorming• Chapter Summaries• Note Taking• Problem Solving• Recalling Information
Concept Map Uses• Categorize Information• Outlines• Study Guides• Analyze Relationships and Concepts• Vocabulary Development
Thinking Map Uses• student-centered and cooperative learning• concept development, reflective thinking• creativity; differentiated instruction• clarity of communication• continuous cognitive development