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Using Concept Maps to Enhance Students’ Prior Knowledge in Complex Learning

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Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


Relevant prior knowledge is an important component to learning new, complex topics. However, adults are often faced with learning new topics wherein they have low prior knowledge. Novice learners can experience difficulty learning new topics and learning can create high cognitive load. This study has recruited adults who know little about diabetes. This study uses an online format to teach diabetes with text, learning questions, and transfer questions. Experimental groups use a concept map to help novice learners lay down a basic knowledge schema, to help increase germane cognitive load, and to help decrease extrinsic cognitive load.


Dahl, L., Flygare, J. & Zheng, R. (2008). Using Concept Maps to Enhance Students’ Prior Knowledge in Complex Learning. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2548-2552). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 18, 2019 from .


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