Module 1
Brainstorming - Building a Concept Map

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A concept map will help you to cluster ideas on a research topic. Begin with a central idea, for example:


  • Write down this idea or the central topic
  • Jot down what you already know about the topic
  • Ask yourself questions about what you need to learn
    • who, what, where, why, and when
  • Write the answers to those questions around the central topic
  • Cluster related ideas

In this example, we have identified many different aspects of multiculturalism. We decided that multiculturalism and schools would make an interesting topic.

mind map, 1st step

Next: More on concept mapping

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