Collaborative concept mapping: an education research team leveraging their collaborative efforts

Tyler, Mark A. and De George-Walker, Linda (2010) Collaborative concept mapping: an education research team leveraging their collaborative efforts. In: Sustaining synergies: collaborative research and researching collaboration. Post Pressed, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 54-71. ISBN 978-1-921214-74-5

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Collaborative concept mapping (CCM) has been a tool deployed by educators to enhance learning in such situations as primary science classes, supported learning environments and asynchronous computer-mediated learning. Of its outcomes, CCM has produced rich group discussion about ideas and possibilities pertinent to the topic or problem at hand. The majority of research into CCM has been explicitly pointed at enhancing learning. This chapter takes a different tack by reporting on how the authors used CCM to seek understandings of its utility in enabling collaborative research by creating synergies within a research team located in the Faculty of Education at the University of Southern Queensland. The following questions were used to focus the research:
• What was the research team’s experience of collaborative concept mapping?
• What propositions did the team construct about teamwork and collaboration?
• How did the interactions among team members facilitate meaning-making about teamwork and collaboration?
The data consisted of this team’s collaborative concept map and recordings of the dialogue during the process of constructing the map. Analysis revealed the team’s emerging propositions about teamwork and collaboration and also contributed understandings of the co-constructed patterns of talk that produced this dynamic map. The chapter concludes that collaborative concept mapping is a useful tool for research and other team development, and possibly for the collaborative conceptualisation of future team research projects.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 5. Accepted version deposited with blanket permission of publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2011 04:54
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2018 04:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: concept mapping; collaboration; collaborative research; CCM
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170299 Cognitive Science not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology

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