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Mind maps - an effective tool for graphical representation of cognitive processes

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Mind maps - an effective tool for graphical representation of cognitive processes

A Mind Map is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain ( Buzan, 1995).  Mind maps are valuable tools in the capture of the cognitive aspects of any professional activity.

Example for a mind map is shown below:

Source: (http://tickledbylife.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/learningpower_mindmap.gif)



  • Professor V.
    Professor V. 15/07/2010 21:33

    I like the diagram of the mental map you presented. I am a huge advocate of multi-sensory learning. I teach adult literacy and for those students who struggle on how to think of a passage in terms of main idea and supporting details; I provide maps. They go by many names, but the most popular is the fishbone map. Students must write the main idea on the spine of the diagram and the supporting details on the ribs.(see diagram example: http://www.teachervision.fen.com/tv/printables/concepts/PS_TRL_Study_Tools_5.pdf) For those students who cannot read and decipher main idea and supporting details, the visual of the map is very beneficial. I have my students diagram very long passages and by the time they are finished, many get the concept.


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Knowledge in the tacit dimension includes skills, experiences and insights and are invisible objects. Senior professionals own vast repositories of soft knowledge which if documented and shared could transform the contours of Human Resource Development. Though there are severe constraints in the capture of these invisible knowledge assets, there have been some break throughs too. The Video approach put forward by the Rosetta Spacecraft team is worth mentioning here (http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1545638&show=html). Project debriefing is yet another useful methodology for this purpose (http://www.assoa.nt.edu.au/MATERIALS/ppd/debriefing.pdf). Personal experience with the production of teaching videos compels me to say that the video approach is a handy tool for this.

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