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Concept Mapping versus Mind Mapping by Mind Map: Concept Mapping
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Concept Mapping versus Mind Mapping

Concept Mapping versus Mind Mapping The mind map can be contrasted with the similar idea of concept mapping. The former is based on radial hierarchies and tree structures denoting relationships with a central governing concept, whereas concept maps are based on connections between concepts in more diverse patterns. --Wikipedia Mind Maps reflect what you think about a topic. By taking a brainstorming approach to generating and organizing ideas, Mind Maps seek to improve performance by enhancing the capability of the human brain. Concept Maps, on the other hand, are focused on the relationship between concepts. They allow the brain to make meaning by (i) presenting information in a visual format, and more significantly, (ii) connecting the meaning so generated with other information to further generate new meaning. This grow-as-you-go spiral effect of the information sense-making process is now greatly enhanced by the new interactive capabilities of Web 2.0 applications such as MindMeister, which makes Concept Mapping the tool of choice over Mind Mapping for idea organization and development as the world moves on from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age.

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Main differences between Concept Mapping and Mind Mapping

Concept mapping can be contrasted with the similar idea of mind mapping, which is often restricted to radial hierarchies and tree structures. Among the various schema and techniques for visualizing ideas, processes, organizations, concept mapping, as developed by Novak is unique in philosophical basis, which "makes concepts, and propositions composed of concepts, the central elements in the structure of knowledge and construction of meaning." Another contrast between Concept mapping and Mind mapping is the speed and spontaneity when a Mind map is created. A Mind map reflects what you think about a single topic, which can focus group brainstorming. A Concept map can be a map, a system view, of a real (abstract) system or set of concepts. Concept maps are more free form, as multiple hubs and clusters can be created, unlike mindmaps which fix on a single conceptual center.                             --wikipedia   Or, as described more simply in another site (   The main difference between concept maps and mind maps is that a mind map tends to have a single main concept, while a concept map may have several related and interconnecting ideas, themes or topics. As a result of this difference, a mind map can be represented as a "tree", whilst a concept map may need a more complex network -or web - to fully represent the ideas contained within it.