Concept maps or mind maps? the choice
What are the differences between mind maps and concept maps? (click to see larger) Sometimes you will have no choice. In an educational setting, some educators require their students to make concept maps, others mandate mind maps. But most of the time we are free to choose. Then, the key determinants of when you would use each type of map will usually be these: your motive in making the map, where you will make it, how you will use it once finished, the audience (if other than yourself) it is intended it for, if you are not drawing maps by hand, the software you use, and naturally your personal preference. If you have elected to use mind maps, you still have a choice between Buzan mind maps and common mind maps in their various forms. This article is not about which type is 'better'. Appreciation for this article Concept maps have rigor, mind maps have vigor Like most generalizations this is a simplification, but it captures the essential differences, as described in more detail below.
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