Concept Mapping as a Group Learning Activity in Graduate Nursing Education

Giddens, Jean
January 2006
Journal of Nursing Education;Jan2006, Vol. 45 Issue 1, p45
Academic Journal
The article discusses concept mapping as a group learning activity in graduate nursing education. Concept map is a teaching strategy that promotes critical thinking. Concept maps have been described in the literature as a teaching strategy in undergraduate education, particularly in clinical courses, with an application of planning or explaining patient care. A group learning activity requiring the construction of a concept map was developed for doctoral nursing students, who were enrolled in a nursing pedagogy course. The purpose of the learning activity was to explore, analyze and relate various components of a generic nursing curriculum by constructing a concept map. The activity produced a great deal of discussion and problem solving within the groups. The students shared their views of concept mapping as a teaching strategy from both a teaching and a learning perspective after the completion of the activity. Students found that discussions among group members during the activity provided an opportunity to clarify the assigned readings, resulting in a deeper understanding of the content.


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