The effect of concept maps, as an individual learning tool, on the success of learning the concepts related to gravimetric analysis


TURAN OLUK N. , Ekmekci G.

CHEMISTRY EDUCATION RESEARCH AND PRACTICE, vol.19, no.3, pp.819-833, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1039/c8rp00079d
  • Title of Journal : CHEMISTRY EDUCATION RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
  • Page Numbers: pp.819-833

Abstract

This study aims to conduct a detailed investigation on the effect the use of concept mapping, as an individual learning tool, has on students' success in learning the concept of gravimetric analysis. This study applies a case study research design to quantitatively examine the effect of the use of concept mapping and to conduct a detailed qualitative investigation of the participants' opinions about its use. In this study, the concept maps were used both as a data collection tool [Select and fill in the nodes (SAFIN); Select and fill in the lines (SAFIL); Create and fill in the lines (CAFIL); Select and fill in the nodes& lines (SAFIN&L)] and as an individual learning tool. For data triangulation, students' opinions on the concept mapping technique, as an individual learning tool for understanding gravimetric analysis, were also taken. Results from the study showed that there were significant differences between the pre-and post-test scores on all the tests (four types of fill-in-the-blank concept maps and a concept test) in favor of the post-test scores. In other words, the use of the concept map resulted in an increase in the success of the students. Furthermore, the participants expressed very positive opinions about the concept maps as an individual learning tool, both on the attitude scale and in their written opinions, declaring that it has a definite boosting effect on successfully learning a concept.