We’ve been working with the concept maps for a few weeks now, and I know there have been some challenges and frustrations along the way. Many of us are used to a particular way of doing research and keeping track of ideas for our writing, and the concept maps may have interfered with/changed those practices in some way.
What I’d like you to do now is channel your least cynical selves, and think about how concept mapping affected your research process. For instance:
- Did you approach readings differently than you otherwise would have?
- Did you make notes differently? Did you pull different things from the articles?
- Did the mapping affect the search terms you used, or the way you carried out your search for sources?
- Was your writing process for these maps similar to your process for other academic writing? Did you follow the same heuristics or algorithms?
Is there anything else that this mapping process allowed you to do differently?