I would like you to recommend me a definitive book about concept maps. I've been taking a look to a wide variety but none of them seemed clear to me.

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    $\begingroup$ Could you mention books that you have not found helpful so far, so that people might identify things that you haven't seen yet? $\endgroup$
    – Josh
    Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 14:35
  • $\begingroup$ Also, what is a cognitive map and in what context are you examining them? $\endgroup$
    – Seanny123
    Commented Nov 16, 2014 at 19:45
  • $\begingroup$ Concept mapping as I understand it, is a way to elicit the thought process of a person (or people) in a pseudo-scientific manner. You might want to modify this question to put in a reasonable definition of a concept map. $\endgroup$
    – theMayer
    Commented Nov 26, 2014 at 12:54

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From wikipedia :

A concept map or conceptual diagram is a diagram that depicts suggested relationships between concepts. It is a graphical tool that designers, engineers, technical writers, and others use to organize and structure knowledge.

A concept map typically represents ideas and information as boxes or circles, which it connects with labeled arrows in a downward-branching hierarchical structure. The relationship between concepts can be articulated in linking phrases such as causes, requires, or contributes to.

The technique was first developed in 1970's by Joseph D. Novak. You can try one of his books e.g. Learning, Creating, and Using Knowledge: Concept Maps as Facilitative Tools in Schools and Corporations


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