You can learn so much about an article from the introduction! Here's a step-by-step process for getting the most out of the article intro and making an excellent concept map:
To make a great concept map, you will need to do a careful reading of the introduction. Here's how to do it:
"The concept map helps me organize the background knowledge and makes it easier for my brain to link the concepts through a visualization." - A successful CREATES student
Drawing a concept map helps you visualize the background information and rationale for the experiment. In other words, your concept map will help you:
Here's how to do it:
"The concept map was really helpful because it first exposed me to the overall paper before reading about the details that usually muddy my understanding."
"The most important thing I look for at this stage is that the background information, or the things we already know, are linked together in a way that leads to the main scientific problem or question the paper is addressing. Right now we are trying to understand the rationale for why the scientists are going to do the experiments."
Now you are ready to concept map the introduction! When you finish, use this checklist to make sure your concept map has everything it needs: