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Title: Concept Maps Lead to Better Problem Statements: An Empirical Study Measuring the Effects of Priming Students to Think in Systems
Challenges associated with the design and construction of the built environment are complex. Students need training to help them deal with this complexity and to help them explore and reframe problems early during project planning and design. Concept maps provide a visual representation of complex information and the relationships between this information. The research presented in this paper tested whether priming students to think in systems by asking them to draw concept maps changes how they construct problem statements. In total, 40 engineering students participated in the study. Half were asked to draw a concept map before constructing a problem statement about how to improve mobility systems around campus. The cognitive effort (i.e., time and words) students spent on the task and the number of unique system elements included in their problem statement were measured. Students that received the concept mapping intervention spent significantly more time thinking about the problem, developed longer problem statements, and included more unique elements of systems. These findings suggest using concept mapping can aid students’ conceptualization of complex problems.  more » « less
Award ID(s):
1929892
NSF-PAR ID:
10397730
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Editor(s):
Jazizadeh, F.; Shealy, T.; Garvin, M.
Date Published:
Journal Name:
Construction Research Congress 2022
Page Range / eLocation ID:
234 to 243
Format(s):
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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