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Kern, C. L., & Crippen, K. J. (2017). The Effect of Scaffolding Strategies for Inscriptions and Argumentation in a Science Cyberlearning Environment. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 26(1), 33-43. doi:10.1007/s10956-016-9649-x

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Nevada Science Concept Map Library

Concept Mapping for Conceptual Change

Concept maps are a great tool for facilitating the process of conceptual change. This project involves teachers producing materials for other teachers and supports our strategy of mapping for conceptual change (Kern & Crippen, 2008). The files from this site have been created and edited by students in Dr. Crippen's M.Ed. class, Applications of Technology for K-12 Science. They are distributed here freely for your use and modification. Our design plan is detailed below.

Design Plan

Each concept below represents a topic from the Nevada K12 Content Standards (NKCS). A collaborative team of teachers have built, revised, and edited these files over a number of cycles of revision. Each topic has three maps; an expert map, a misconception map, and a student work map.

The expert map was built directly from the benchmarks within the identified grade-band from the NKCS. The expert map represents the accepted scientific conceptions (as defined by the NKCS) and serves as a teacher reference.

The misconception map was built from the expert map and includes known student misconceptions to the included concepts. The misconception map is intended as a discussion tool for allowing students to articulate their own personal ideas about the topic. This collaborative strategy emphasizes scientific argumentation and is known as collaborative misconception mapping.

The student map is a beginning map that contains only the nodes represented in the expert map. This map is intended as a starting point for student work.

The zipped files below contain the maps as Inspiration files, but they are also available as CMap files from the UNLV COE (NV-USA) CMap Server. Download and install CMapTools (it's free for educators), then add UNLV COE (NV-USA) as a place to access the files.

These maps should be considered a work in progress. We would be very interested in having copies of any updated or refined versions!

Please contact Dr. Crippen with any questions or to submit new or modified versions of these map sets.

Maps for Grades 6-8 Science

Maps for Grades 9-12 Science

Maps for Grades 9-12 Mathematics