A set of guidelines for the consistent assessment of concept maps

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Abstract

Concept maps are used to structure and communicate information, as well as to assess one's depth of understanding of a topic. In our research, in which we used concept maps as a form of assessment, we determined that the existing techniques available in the literature to evaluate concept maps can lead to inconsistencies in the assessment results. In this paper, we will present data that illustrate these inconsistencies, as well as the concept map assessment guidelines we developed to improve assessment consistency; we tested these guidelines on 131 concept maps. This process was influenced by the many concept map assessment techniques published in the literature and will provide educators with the necessary guidance to meaningfully, consistently, and accurately evaluate student concept maps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1072-1082
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Volume30
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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