San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.1365.1 - 25.1365.13
Creating a Concept Map of Engineering StaticsConcept maps are graphical representations of cognitive knowledge structures. They wereoriginally developed as a way to follow and understand changes in student knowledge, but theywere also found to be effective instructional tools. Concept maps consist of labeled nodes thatrepresent concepts, or perceived regularities or patterns, and links which are labeled to indicatethe relationships between the nodes. The authors are exploring ways to use concept maps toorganize and navigate information in a digital textbook for engineering statics. If successful, theconcept mapping tool could be used to cognitively link information between courses inengineering mechanics and then across the entire engineering curriculum.As the first step in this process, the authors set out to capture an expert’s knowledge in the formof a concept map. This paper details the process of capturing expert knowledge of a course, inthis case engineering statics, and organizing this information into a concept map that accuratelyrepresents the information taught in the course. Traditional concept mapping techniques call forthe use of a focus question to limit the scope of the resulting concept map. Because the scope ofengineering statics far exceeds a single focus question, an alternative process for developing themap had to be developed. The authors instead used a bottom-up approach. An experiencedprofessor, someone who had been teaching a statics course for several years and who was veryfamiliar with the content, was chosen to act as the expert in the engineering statics content. Theprocess of gathering this expert’s knowledge began by having the expert brainstorm differentconcepts that were believed to be important and listing all of these ideas. The ideation processwas assisted by looking through existing textbooks and course syllabi. The ideas were thenorganized into several groups based on commonalities. Repeated concepts, concepts outside ofthe scope of the course, and other unnecessary concepts were eliminated during the groupingprocess. The concepts in each group were then organized and linked together to form a conceptmap for each group. During this time, missing concepts were identified and added to the list ofconcepts for each group. After all individual groups were organized into concept maps, conceptswere linked between groups, connecting all of the individual concept maps into one cohesivemap. The validity of the resulting concept map was checked by having two other experiencedstatics instructors examine and evaluate the concept map that was created.
Moore, J. P., & Pierce, R. S., & Williams, C. B. (2012, June), Towards an “Adaptive Concept Map”: Creating an Expert-Generated Concept Map of an Engineering Statics Curriculum Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22122
ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2012 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015