Most everyone agrees: we should base educational practices on the best available evidence of their efficacy — not tradition, personal judgment, or other subjective influences. Accordingly, most public education funds are reserved for evidence-based learning resources. Yet, this creates a challenge for education innovators as funding for large-scale efficacy studies are hard to come by.
In the case of concept mapping, early signs of significant promise helped mitigate this catch-22 by inspiring a 50-year history of evidence building. …
In 1983, Otto Silesky founded the Instituto de Educación Integral (IEI) in Costa Rica to be a place of inclusive and “avant-garde” learning.
A diverse school serving a multicultural, multi-race student body from 4th through 12th grade with a variety of learning abilities, IEI promoted a culture of innovation amongst its staff and creative thinking amongst its students.
Despite noble aspirations, however, in 2002 the outlook of its high school senior class appeared glum: only 65% passed their National High School Graduation Exams, and ZERO passed their university admissions tests.
After attending a lecture on applications of concept mapping by…
Anyone can use this approach to get their team on the same page, fast
When Joseph D. Novak accepted an invitation to meet with Procter & Gamble nearly 30 years ago, the corporation was in the midst of a shakeup.
The beginning of the dot-com bubble was on the horizon. Automation and computer software were revolutionizing entire industries, heightening competition in the marketplace and portending globalization. Behind the scenes, P&G was having shareholder meetings about impending worker layoffs and plant closings.
The company was looking for ways to evolve, and quickly.
Novak didn’t realize at the time that he was…
SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. June 2, 2020 — Brian Moon knows a thing or two about concept mapping. Used to visually model relationships between concepts, he co-authored a book on the subject and conceived an online platform that uses concept mapping as a learning assessment tool. Its name comes from the Latin root “sero,” which means “to join together.”
Now, the Army Research Institute has awarded his company a three-year, $1.5 million-dollar contract to expand upon Sero!’s already extensive capabilities for automated assessment authorship.