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USING CONCEPT MAPS TO HELP 3 YEAR OLD CHILDREN TO ADAPT TO THE ENVIRONMENT

By A. J. Cañas, P. Reiska, M. Åhlberg and J. D. Novak

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Abstract. Piaget (G.C. Davenport, 1994, pp 126-144) believed that intelligence was all about making appropriate adaptations to things around us quickly and efficiently. He stated that babies start making schemas and move on through adaptations, assimilation and accommodations. In order to adapt he said that we need to organize our experiences in some way, as without some mental organization it would be difficult to learn simply from experiences. My task as a teacher/educator is to help children to see, to discover, to understand their close environment and to organize experiences in a meaningful way. In today’s society, knowledge and intelligence are fundamental pillars therefore it is highly important for students- even at a very young age- to become experts with the world of knowledge. This work presents an attempt to provide three year old children with a broad view of the relationships and concepts in their surrounding world using concept mapping as a tool and as a mode of independent learning. The results of using concept mapping with the class have proven it to be an effective tool in giving a broad view of the world and to see relationships and inclusivity among concepts. It has helped children to see patterns, make connections and to externalize their ideas in a collaboratively way.

Year: 2014
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