What’s the difference between concept mapping and mind mapping? These two types of visual mapping look very similar, which tends to cause a lot of confusion among people who are just learning abou them. Thankfully, the Wikit website contains a very concise and easy to understand comparison of these two concepts.
Here is a summary of the differences:
- Are commonly used to organize and represent tacit knowledge.
- Usually contain general concepts at the top of the map, with more specific concepts arrayed hierarchically below.
- Connector lines usually contains keywords or phrases that summarize the relationship between the topics they connect. Such as topic a “causes” topic B.
- Topics may be cross-linked with each other to depict more complex relationships between topics. Topics in mind maps may only have one parent; in a concept map, a topic may have multiple connector lines, each one representing a different relationship.
- Tend to be more flexible and personal than concept maps.
- Are used to slice and dice the map’s central topic or concept in multiple ways.
- May contain images and color, to make them more visually stimulating
- Topics may only have a single parent
Check out this informative article for more details, as well as a wealth of information about mind mapping and other visual thinking techniques on the Wikit website. This page contains an index of all of the articles on this extensive wiki – very impressive!
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