Concept mapping, mind mapping and argument mapping: what are the differences and do they matter?

This paper, written by Martin Davies, explores the similarities and differences between the different forms of mapping tools that are referred to as 'concept mapping', 'mind mapping', and 'argument mapping'. It offers an outline of the various types of tool available and their advantages and disadvantages and argues that the choice of mapping tool largely depends on the purpose or aim for which the tool is used and that the tools may well be converging to offer educators as yet unrealised and potentially complementary functions. Note, when discussing 'concept mapping', the paper refers to the Novak and Cañas method of concept mapping, not the Trochim version. See the Option page on Concept Mapping for more information.


Davies, M. (2011). Concept Mapping, Mind Mapping, Argument Mapping: What are the Differences and Do They Matter? Higher Education, 62(3), 279-301

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