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The Pocket Universal Methods of Design by Bella Martin, Bruce Hanington

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016 Concept Mapping

A visual framework connecting a large number of ideas, objects, and events as they relate to a certain domain

• This provides scaffolding that can help visualize the complexities of a system to make new meaning.

• Concept maps consist of individual concepts (a well-understood idea, object, or event; usually nouns connected by linking words (usually verbs).

• Linking words that connect two or more concepts form a proposition that creates a meaningful statement.

• Articulating the correct focus question is a key step that will provide context and structure to the map.

• After a focus question is generated, a list of fifteen to twenty-five concepts should be identified and ranked from general to very specific.

• A preliminary ...

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