Title

Mind mapping as an interactive tool for engaging complex geographical issues

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Lloyd, DJ, Boyd, WE & den Exter, KA 2010, 'Mind mapping as an interactive tool for engaging complex geographical issues', New Zealand Geographer, vol. 66, pp. 181-188.

The publisher's version of this article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-7939.2010.01185.x

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

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.