Using concept maps to assess student's understanding

Gavrić, Branka (2015) Using concept maps to assess student's understanding. Diploma thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Concept maps are graphical tools that facilitate meanigngful learning as they allow oganizing, structuring and transparenty representing student's knowledge. This simple tool that facilitates and induces higher cognitive functions can also be used as an evaluation and assessment tool. 219 elementary school students with different previous experience in concept mapping represented their knowledge on mitosis and meiosis. Student's concept maps were evaluated to determine the effect of previous experience on meiosis and mitosis understanding. The aim of this research was to determine the effectiveness of concept map usage in the assessment of student's conceptual understanding. Map analysis was made through criterions with different susceptibility for levels of conceptual understanding. The results of criterion use enabled the verification of the concept maps efficacy, the degree of student's conceptual understanding, the acquired biological concepts and the potential preseence of misconceptions. Results have shown that concept maps are decidedly effective as an assesment tool. Prior experience with concept mapping has a considerable effect on student's conceptual understanding of meiosis and mitosis. Student's acquired concept and knowledge of cell division processes is below the estimated and unsatisfactory and many student's misconceptions were ascertained.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
Keywords: conceptual maps, mitosis, meiosis, assessing , conceptual understanding
Supervisor: Radanović, Ines
Date: 2015
Number of Pages: 98
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2016 12:42
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 12:42
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/4565

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