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Using Concept Maps to improve Scientific Communications

AuthorsOrúe, Amalia B.; Álvarez Marañón, Gonzalo; Montoya Vitini, Fausto
KeywordsConcept Maps
Good Oral Presentations
Issue Date22-Sep-2008
AbstractScientific talks, like scientific papers, are an important part of the scientific communication process. Good oral presentation skills are vital to educational sciences as well as to many other fields. In the engineering community such presentations offer a quick outline of project proposals and progress reports. In the academic community, the ability to clearly transmit scientific information in an oral presentation is critical to both teaching and research. Over the last years it has become apparent to many educational researchers that representing knowledge in a visual format allows one to better recognize and understand incoming information. Since Novak placed concept mapping on the educational agenda, it has become an increasingly popular advanced teaching and learning tool. Due mainly to the innovation of visual design software like CmapTools, the production and modification of concept maps is straightforward. While there are no strict rules about how to give a motivating and compelling presentation, there are some guiding principles which are easy to grasp and apply. The modern scientist must be able to create well organized, well delivered scientific talks. In this context, concept maps harness the power of our vision to understand complex information "at-a-glance". We propose some ideas and resources based on the use of concept maps to make the process of preparing and organizing good talks easier. In essence, good scientific talks must satisfy the following three goals: to connect with the audience, to direct and hold attention, and to promote understanding and memory. To accomplish these goals talk material must be elaborated careful and logically. The plan to achieve them should have four parts: preparation, structure, design, and delivery. We focus our work on the first two parts of the plan, and supply some helpful guidelines on effective ways to prepare the scientific information, using concept maps with the software CmapTools.
DescriptionComunicación presentada en ENMA Education: International Conference on Engineering and Mathematics. Bilbao,2008
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