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WWW-intensive concept mapping for metacognition in solving ill-structured problems

ABSTRACT Concept mapping is one of the most intimate and most dynamic learning support activities that needs still a drastic further evolution of methods and tools. WWW-based concept mapping gains momentum quite fast now and needs a solid reviewing of the various approaches and the empirical effects. This article bridges the technological advance of WWW-based concept mapping tools and its more recent effects on learning by problem solving. The results show that it added value manifests in the phases of idea generation and selection. The mapping approach caused a broader perception and a greater diversity of ideas. The conclusion is that further investments are needed to make WWW-based mapping more accessible and integrated in WWW-based learning management systems. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Stoyanov, S. and Kommers, P. (2006) 'WWW-intensive concept mapping for metacognition in solving ill-structured problems', Int. J. Cont. Engineering Education and Lifelong Learning, Vol. 16, Nos. 3/4, pp.297–316. Biographical notes: Slavi Stoyanov is with Educational Technology Expertise Centre at Open University of The Netherlands. He has a PhD degree on Instructional Technology from the University of Twente, The Netherlands. The professional interests of Stoyanov include domains such as cognitive mapping, learning to solve ill-structured problems, individual differences in learning, and people ware.

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