Mind mapping as an interactive tool for engaging complex geographical issues

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Students and communities engaging with complex geographical issues require tools to assist them structure and contextualise data. This paper examines the use of mind mapping as a tool in geographical education. Case studies are presented from a sample of undergraduate and cross-cultural educational settings demonstrating the use of mind mapping in communication, analysis and problem solving. In critiquing this educational tool, we conclude that mind mapping is particularly effective with communities whose cultures are strong on visual communication but weaker on written communication and in cross-cultural situations where use of written English would disadvantage learners.

Keywords: community engagement; geography education; mind mapping

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-7939.2010.01185.x

Affiliations: School of Environmental Science and Management, Southern Cross University, Lismore, PO Box 157 Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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