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  1. Concept Mapping Strategies: Content, Tools and Assessment for Human Geography

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    Wehry, Stephanie; Monroe-Ossi, Heather; Cobb, Sharon; Fountain, Cheryl

    2012-01-01

    This article examines the use of concept mapping for formative and summative assessment of northeast Florida middle school students' knowledge of human geography. The students were participants in an afterschool, academic, college reach-out program that provided opportunities to test concept mapping strategies that support spatial thinking and…

  2. Concept mapping: an effective instructional strategy for diet therapy.

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    Roberts, C M; Sucher, K; Perrin, D G; Rodriguez, S

    1995-08-01

    Concept mapping is an instructional strategy that requires learners to identify, graphically display, and link key concepts in instructional reading material. Although proven effective in numerous disciplines as a means to promote critical thinking and self-directed learning, concept mapping has not been tested in diet therapy. The objective of this study was to implement concept mapping as a small-group, cooperative learning strategy in an upper-division diet therapy course and to evaluate student attitudes about the effect of concept mapping on knowledge, self-directed learning, problem-solving, and collaborative skills. Students in the first semester (n = 27) initially learned course material by lecture (4 weeks) followed by an integrated mapping/lecture format (12 weeks); the second semester (n = 25) used an integrated mapping lecture format for the full 16 weeks. At the end of both semesters, students completed a 10-item original survey questionnaire. Responses for first (n = 25) and second (n = 21) semesters were analyzed independently. Results indicated that a majority of students thought participation in concept mapping enhanced knowledge of diet therapy principles (n = 19 of 25; 18 of 21), self-directed learning (n = 14 of 25; 18 of 21), critical thinking (n = 21 of 25; 14 of 21), problem-solving (n = 22 of 25; 16 of 21), and collaboration (n = 24 of 25; 20 of 21) skills. When noncooperation of teammates was a factor, concept mapping was viewed as more frustrating and time consuming than lecture. This study demonstrated concept mapping as an effective learning strategy for diet therapy; it improves students' ability to engage in self-directed learning, critical thinking, collaboration, and creative problem solving. Results suggest that concept mapping is most effective when accompanied with comprehensive training, coordinated lectures, instructor guidance, and long-term practice. PMID:7636083

  3. THE EFFECT OF CONCEPT MAPPING AS A TEACHING STRATEGY IN ATTAINMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE CONCEPTS AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

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    V. Govinda Reddy

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Concept mapping can be contrasted with the similar idea of mind mapping, which is often restricted to radial hierarchies and tree structures. Among the various schema and techniques for visualizing ideas, processes, organizations.. The present paper was aimed to test the six major hypotheses. The Present study is of quasi- experimental in nature (pre- test, post –test design which includes experimental and control group of secondary school students. The study involves the development of concept maps with other a supporting materials to reach certain selected concepts in science for experimental group, whereas control group were used to study the effectiveness of concept mapping as teaching strategy. The Present study is of quasexperimental in nature ( pre- test, post –test design which includes experimental and control group of secondary school students. The study involves the development of concept maps with other a supporting materials to reach certain selected concepts in science for experimental group, whereas control group were used to study the effectiveness of concept mapping as teaching strategy. Self prepared concept mapping scale has reliability varying with age from 0.83 to 0.93 and it is valid. It is found that concept mapping was effective teaching strategy compared to conventional method of teaching. Concept mapping as a teaching strategy improved achievement in science. Concept mapping as a teaching strategy helped in attainment of concepts. Concept mapping was effective tools to evaluate science concepts. Boys and Girls do not differ in their concept mapping ability.

  4. Multi-level analysis strategy to make sense of concept maps

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    Schwendimann, Beat

    2014-01-01

    Making sense of concept maps is an ongoing challenge for the concept mapping community. This paper introduces a multi-level analysis strategy by combining quantitative and qualitative methods to triangulate changes in students’ concept maps. Quantitative analysis includes overall, selected, and weighted propositional analysis using a knowledge integration rubric (Linn, 2000) as well as network analysis to describe changes in network density and prominence of selected concepts. Research sugges...

  5. Concept Maps as a strategy to asses learning in biochemistry using educational softwares

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    A. M. P. Azevedo

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available This abstract reports  the  use of concept  maps applied  to the evaluation of concepts  learned  through the use of an educational software to study  metabolic  pathways called Diagrama Metabolico Dinamico Virtual  do Ciclo de Krebs (DMDV.  Experience  with the use of this method  was carried  through  with two distinct groups  of students.  The  first  group  was composed  by 24 students (in  2003 who used DMDV during  the  classes (computer room.  The second group was formed by 36 students (in 2004 who could access DMDV software anytime  through  the intranet. The construction of the conceptual map by the student permits  the representation of knowledge, the mental  processes that were absorved and the adaptation during the study,  building new mental schemes that could be related to the concept of reflexioning  abstraction (Piaget, 1995 during  the  process of operation  with  these  concepts.   The evaluation of knowlegde was made by the analysis  of three conceptual  maps constructed by each one of them:   (a  one map  before initiating the  study  with  DMDV,  (b  the  second just  after  the  study and (c the third  one two months  later.  We used the following criteria  for the analysis:  predominance of associative  over classificatory  character; correct concepts  and  relationships; coherence;  number  of relationships;  creativity and  logic.   The  initial  maps  showed  that all  students had  some  previous mental scheme  about  the proposed  concept.    All final  concept maps  showed  an  expansion  of the concepts  as compared  to the initial  maps, something  which can be seen even by a mere glance at the size of graphics.  A purely visual comparison  between the maps indicated  that new elements have been added.   The  associative  character has been shown to predominate as compared  to the  classificatory one.  The  results  obtained  suggest the  validity  of using concept  maps  as a strategy to  monitor  the cognitive process, both  by the teacher  and by the student him/herself.

  6. Professional development strategies for teaching urban biology teachers to use concept maps effectively

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    McGregor Petgrave, Dahlia M.

    Many teachers are not adequately prepared to help urban students who have trouble understanding conceptual ideas in biology because these students have little connection to the natural world. This study explored potential professional development strategies to help urban biology teachers use concept maps effectively with various topics in the biology curriculum. A grounded theory approach was used to develop a substantive professional development model for urban biology teachers. Qualitative data were collected through 16 semi-structured interviews of professional developers experienced in working with concept maps in the urban context. An anonymous online survey was used to collect quantitative data from 56 professional developers and teachers to support the qualitative data. The participants were from New York City, recruited through the NY Biology-Chemistry Professional Development Mentor Network and the NY Biology Teachers' Association. According to the participants, map construction, classroom applications, lesson planning, action research, follow-up workshops, and the creation of learning communities are the most effective professional development strategies. The interviewees also proposed English language learning strategies such as picture maps, native word maps, and content reading materials with underlined words. This study contributes to social change by providing a professional development model to use in planning workshops for urban teachers. Urban teachers improve their own conceptual understanding of biology while learning how to implement concept mapping strategies in the classroom. Students whose teachers are better prepared to teach biology in a conceptual manner have the potential of growing into more scientifically literate citizens.

  7. Influencing EFL learners’ reading comprehension and self-efficacy beliefs: the effect of concept mapping strategy

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    Khajavi, Yaser; KETABI, Saeed

    2012-01-01

    This study aims to investigate the influence of concept mapping on reading comprehension and self-efficacy of intermediate EFL students in Iran. To fulfill the aims of the study, 60 participants (21 males and 39 females) were selected. Their age ranged between 19 and 23. A randomized pre-test post-test control group design with a concept mapping group and a traditional method group was employed. Prior to the treatment, both the concept mapping group and the traditional method group were admin...

  8. Using progressive concept maps as a strategy for teaching and learning in teacher education in Biology

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    Conceição Aparecida Soares Mendonça

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a study carried out with Biology teachers under training, and aimed at investigating how concept maps enabled meaningful learning. The work was motivated by the fact that future teachers presented difficulties learning various concepts. In this light, maps can be a valuable instrument for the diagnosis and assessment of learning, enabling better concept learning. Thus, during our pedagogical intervention, we have strived to identify the conceptual evolution of students, through the construction of concept maps before, during and after the study of a proposed theme. The qualitative analysis of the produced maps focused on the processes of teaching, learning and assessment. At this point, the goal was to investigate whether or not students were able to relate the concepts under study, according to the principles of progressive differentiation and integrative reconcilitation. This was done while searching for evidences of meaningful learning.The pedagogical intervention lasted for 45 hours (8 meetings, during which a Zoology topic, concept Elephants was studied at a State university of Brazil. The qualitative analysis of the maps created by the learners has shown, in 58% of the cases, that there was an evolution of the learners? knowledge of the theme. Obtained results suggest that maps have an efficient functional action and help improve the professional profile under formation.

  9. Collaborative Concept Mapping as a Pre-Writing Strategy for L2 Learning: A Korean Application

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    Yongjin Lee

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed at examining the use of concept mapping technique in a course module for Korean language learning with U.S. college students, who were prompted to engage in collaborative writing planning. The study assumed that concept mapping enhances students’ communicative interaction to promote their L2 writing. One hundred and twenty-three participants were recruited from three different proficiency level classes (beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes. Data were collected during three writing sessions: pretest of writing, individual planning, and collaborative planning. The MANCOVA results on the five components of composition score showed that the effect of collaborative concept mapping on L2 writing significantly differed across the three class levels. The study suggested practical implications for the use of collaborative mapping tasks in L2 writing contexts.

  10. THE EFFECT OF CONCEPT MAPPING AS A TEACHING STRATEGY IN ATTAINMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE CONCEPTS AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

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    V. Govinda Reddy; K P Venkata Subbaiah

    2014-01-01

    Concept mapping can be contrasted with the similar idea of mind mapping, which is often restricted to radial hierarchies and tree structures. Among the various schema and techniques for visualizing ideas, processes, organizations.. The present paper was aimed to test the six major hypotheses. The Present study is of quasi- experimental in nature (pre- test, post –test design) which includes experimental and control group of secondary school students. The study involves the...

  11. Identifying Multi-Level Culturally Appropriate Smoking Cessation Strategies for Aboriginal Health Staff: A Concept Mapping Approach

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    Dawson, Anna P.; Cargo, Margaret; Stewart, Harold; Chong, Alwin; Daniel, Mark

    2013-01-01

    Aboriginal Australians, including Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs), smoke at rates double the non-Aboriginal population. This study utilized concept mapping methodology to identify and prioritize culturally relevant strategies to promote smoking cessation in AHWs. Stakeholder participants included AHWs, other health service employees and tobacco…

  12. The use of concept mapping to identify community-driven intervention strategies for physical and mental health.

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    Vaughn, Lisa M; Jacquez, Farrah; McLinden, Daniel

    2013-09-01

    Research that partners with youth and community stakeholders increases contextual relevance and community buy-in and therefore maximizes the chance for intervention success. Concept mapping is a mixed-method participatory research process that accesses the input of the community in a collaborative manner. After a school-wide health needs assessment at a low-income, minority/immigrant K-8 school identified bullying and obesity as the most important health issues, concept mapping was used to identify and prioritize specific strategies to address these two areas. Stakeholders including 160 K-8 students, 33 college students working in the school, 35 parents, 20 academic partners, and 22 teachers/staff brainstormed strategies to reduce and prevent obesity and bullying. A smaller group of stakeholders worked individually to complete an unstructured sorting of these strategies into groups of similar ideas, once for obesity and again for bullying. Multidimensional scaling and cluster analysis was applied to the sorting data to produce a series of maps that illustrated the stakeholders' conceptual thinking about obesity and bullying prevention strategies. The maps for both obesity and bullying organized specific strategies into themes that included education, parental role, teacher/school supervision, youth role, expert/professional role, and school structure/support. PMID:23099661

  13. Concept Mapping Strategy: An Effective Tool for Improving Students’ Academic Achievement in Biology

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    Sakiyo, John; Waziri, Kawu

    2015-01-01

    The study investigated the use of concept mapping teaching method on secondary school students’ academic achievement in biology. Two hypotheses tested at 0.05 level of significance guided the study. The design of the study was quasi-experimental design with 122 Senior Secondary students selected purposively from two senior secondary schools in Adamawa state. Instrument used for data collection was an achievement test tagged Biology Students’ Achievement Test (BSAT) adapted from WAEC tests 200...

  14. Concept Mapping: Student Workbook.

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    Naidu, Som

    The first of two parts in this document is a student workbook which is designed to teach students how to construct a concept map, i.e., a graphic arrangement of the key concepts in a body of subject matter with connecting lines labelled to show valid and meaningful relationships between the chosen concepts. The workbook provides a discussion of…

  15. Online Exhibits & Concept Maps

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    Douma, M.

    2009-12-01

    Presenting the complexity of geosciences to the public via the Internet poses a number of challenges. For example, utilizing various - and sometimes redundant - Web 2.0 tools can quickly devour limited time. Do you tweet? Do you write press releases? Do you create an exhibit or concept map? The presentation will provide participants with a context for utilizing Web 2.0 tools by briefly highlighting methods of online scientific communication across several dimensions. It will address issues of: * breadth and depth (e.g. from narrow topics to well-rounded views), * presentation methods (e.g. from text to multimedia, from momentary to enduring), * sources and audiences (e.g. for experts or for the public, content developed by producers to that developed by users), * content display (e.g. from linear to non-linear, from instructive to entertaining), * barriers to entry (e.g. from an incumbent advantage to neophyte accessible, from amateur to professional), * cost and reach (e.g. from cheap to expensive), and * impact (e.g. the amount learned, from anonymity to brand awareness). Against this backdrop, the presentation will provide an overview of two methods of online information dissemination, exhibits and concept maps, using the WebExhibits online museum (www.webexhibits.org) and SpicyNodes information visualization tool (www.spicynodes.org) as examples, with tips on how geoscientists can use either to communicate their science. Richly interactive online exhibits can serve to engage a large audience, appeal to visitors with multiple learning styles, prompt exploration and discovery, and present a topic’s breadth and depth. WebExhibits, which was among the first online museums, delivers interactive information, virtual experiments, and hands-on activities to the public. While large, multidisciplinary exhibits on topics like “Color Vision and Art” or “Calendars Through the Ages” require teams of scholars, user interface experts, professional writers and editors, teachers, artists, and web designers, a smaller scale collaborative effort can result in an effective mini-exhibit. Online concept maps can present a large quantity of information in bite-size chunks, demonstrating interrelationships between pieces of information without inundating visitors. SpicyNodes uses radial mapping technology to enable visitors to learn about a topic or search for information in intuitive and organic ways. This online concept mapping tool can be used as a portal to invite exploration into topics, or as a means of displaying hierarchies of information. With nodes that contain text, audio, video, and links, interactive online concept maps especially engage visual, kinesthetic, and nonlinear learners. SpicyNodes is also useful for scientists who wish to complement papers, chapters, and books with an online interface that is especially appealing to nonlinear learners. Essentially, SpicyNodes shifts the burden of discovery from the reader to the author. For example, the author may create a nodemap on climate change with hundreds of nodes, but as visitors drill through the nodemap for information (e.g. from climate change to atmospheric gases to carbon dioxide), they see only a few nodes at a time and are not overwhelmed.

  16. Designing concepts and strategies

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    Kiib, Hans

    2012-01-01

    In urban transformation some of the most interesting and complex design challenges are related to redevelopment of city centres and waterfronts. Here the conflicts between ‘the old’ and ‘the new’ are the largest, and here the potentials for mistakes are at a critical level. One of the problems is, that new developments often employ very modest research on the subject and often very little has been done in order to challenge traditional concepts and to invent new sustainable concepts for redevelopment. In order to avoid mistakes in urban redevelopment we need to learn from research and evaluation of the best planning practice. But what might be just as important is to learn from concept development practice, which can give us a comprehensive understanding of our complex cities and make us develop a way of experiencing the unique qualities of the architectural typologies at the site. Finally the combination of research and design based development can provide us with a range of conceptual models for alternative development of different valuable parts of the city. This article is focusing on the design-based methods in concept development, which can be tested with the purpose of developing new design concepts and to generate easily grasped images of a coherent transformation. The case is taken form the water front development in Aalborg, where a series of architecture and building workshops has been conducted. The methodology is described in relation to three workshops from 2005 and 2008. The concepts and strategies are briefly described in the article, and the adaption by city planners and developers has been critical reviewed.

  17. Integrative Literature Review: Concept Mapping--A Strategy to Support the Development of Practice, Research, and Theory within Human Resource Development

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    Daley, Barbara J.; Conceicao, Simone C. O.; Mina, Liliana; Altman, Brian A.; Baldor, Maria; Brown, James

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this integrative literature review is to summarize research on concept mapping and to offer ideas on how concept mapping can facilitate practice, research, and theory development within human resource development. In this review, more than 300 articles, written in both English and Spanish, presented at two different concept mapping…

  18. Designing concepts and strategies

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    Kiib, Hans

    2012-01-01

    new design concepts and to generate easily grasped images of a coherent transformation. The case is taken form the water front development in Aalborg, where a series of architecture and building workshops has been conducted. The methodology is described in relation to three workshops from 2005 and...

  19. Marketing Strategy: Concepts And Implication

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    Tohir Akramov

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available In today's very competitive marketplace a strategy that insures a consistent approach to offering your product or service in a way that will outsell the competition is critical. However, in concert with defining the marketing strategy you must also have a well defined methodology for the day to day process of implementing it. This research studies contemporary strategy concepts and the methods of its implementation, which is very needed in Uzbek economy.

  20. Los mapas conceptuales como estrategia didáctica para el aprendizaje de conceptos de biología celular en estudiantes de ciencias de la salud / Concept maps as a didactic strategy for learning of concepts of cell biology in students of health sciences

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    Danilo Lusbin, Ariza Rúa; Iván Antonio, Yaber Goenaga; Jorge Luis, Muñiz Olite; Julio Seferino, Hurtado Márquez; Roberto Enrique, Figueroa Molina.

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Para los estudiantes de ciencias de la salud, el conocimiento de la biología constituye un pilar fundamental para afrontar con éxito los problemas que se les presenten relacionados con este campo del conocimiento y para interpretar los fenómenos concretos de las ciencias médicas y de la salud. Este [...] artículo muestra los resultados del uso de los mapas conceptuales para el aprendizaje significativo de conceptos de biología celular. Objetivo: Determinar la efectividad de los mapas conceptuales como estrategia didáctica en el aprendizaje de conceptos de biología celular en estudiantes de ciencias de la salud. Materiales y métodos. Se trabajó un diseño cuasiexperimental pretest postest con dos grupos intactos: un grupo experimental (usó los mapas conceptuales como estrategia de aprendizaje) y un grupo control (no usó los mapas conceptuales como estrategia de aprendizaje). Los estudiantes fueron evaluados con preguntas de selección múltiple con única respuesta, en los niveles de conocimiento, comprensión y aplicación del dominio cognitivo de la Taxonomía de Bloom. Resultados: En el postest no se hallaron diferencias significativas en el total de preguntas. Sin embargo, se encontraron diferencias significativas entre los grupos en el nivel de aplicación, y se observó mejor resultado en el grupo experimental. Conclusiones: Los mapas conceptuales proporcionaron a los estudiantes una herramienta para aprender significativamente conceptos de biología celular. Sin embargo, su uso efectivo depende de factores como: motivación por aprender, entrenamiento continuo en la elaboración de mapas, contenidos significativos de aprendizaje y tiempo de implementación. Abstract in english For students of health sciences, knowledge of biology is a cornerstone to successfully face the challenges presented to them related to this field of knowledge and to interpret specific phenomena of medical science and health. This paper shows the results of the use of the concept maps for meaningfu [...] l learning of cellular biology concepts. Objective: to determine the effectiveness of the concept maps as a didactic strategy in the learning of concepts of cellular Biology in students of Health Sciences. Material and methods: It was worked with a cuasi-experimental design of pre-test and post-test with two intact groups: an experimental group (it used the concept maps as learning strategy) and a control group (it did not use the concept maps as learning strategy). The students were evaluated using a pre-test and post-test, built with multiple-choice questions with one answer in the levels of knowledge, comprehension and analysis of the cognitive domain of Bloom's Taxonomy. Results: In the post-test found no significant differences in the total number of questions. However significant differences were found between groups in the application level, observing better results in the experimental group. Conclusions: The concept maps gave students a tool to learn concepts of cell biology significantly. However, its effective use depends on factors such as motivation for learning, continuous training in mapping, significant contents of learning and implementation time.

  1. Concept Maps: Experiments on Dynamic Thinking

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    Derbentseva, Natalia; Safayeni, Frank; Canas, Alberto J.

    2007-01-01

    Three experiments were conducted to examine the effects of map structure, concept quantification, and focus question on dynamic thinking during a Concept Map (CMap) construction task. The first experiment compared cyclic and hierarchical structures. The second experiment examined the impact of the quantification of the header concept in the map

  2. Using Concept Mapping to Develop a Strategy for Self-Management Support for Underserved Populations Living With Chronic Conditions, British Columbia, August 2013–June 2014

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    Bergeron, Kim; Pérez, Guillermina

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Self-management support (SMS) is an essential component of public health approaches to chronic conditions. Given increasing concerns about health equity, the needs of diverse populations must be considered. This study examined potential solutions for addressing the gaps in self-management support initiatives for underserved populations. Methods Stakeholders representing government, nongovernment organizations, Aboriginal communities, health authorities, medical practices, and research institutions generated, sorted, and rated ideas on what could be done to improve self-management support for underserved populations. Concept mapping was used to facilitate the collection and organization of the data and to generate conceptual maps. Results Participants generated 92 ideas that were sorted into 11 clusters (foster partnerships, promote integrated community care, enhance health care provider training, shift government policy, support community development, increase community education, enable client engagement, incorporate client support systems, recognize client capacity, tailor self-management support programs, and develop client skills, training, and tools) and grouped into system, community, and individual levels within a partnership framework. Conclusion The strategy can stimulate public health dialogue and be a roadmap for developing SMS initiatives. It has the potential to address SMS and chronic condition inequities in underserved populations in several ways: 1) by targeting populations that have greater inequities, 2) by advocating for shifts in government policies that create and perpetuate inequities, 3) by promoting partnerships that may increase the number of SMS initiatives for underserved groups, and 4) by promoting training and engagement that increase the relevance, uptake, and overall effectiveness of SMS. PMID:26447550

  3. Radon mapping strategies in Austria

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    According to current European and international recommendations (e.g. by IAEA, WHO and European Union), countries shall identify high radon areas. In Austria, this task was initiated already in the early 1990's, which yielded the first Austrian Radon Potential Map. This map is still in use, updated with recent indoor radon data in 2012. The map is based on radon gas measurements in randomly selected dwellings, normalised to a standard situation. To meet the current (legal) requirements, uncertainties in the existing Austrian radon map should be reduced. A new indoor radon survey with a different sampling strategy was started, and possible mapping methods are studied and tested. In this paper, the methodology for the existing map as well as the planned strategies to improve this map is discussed. (authors)

  4. Use of concept maps in teaching pedagogy

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    Stanislav Bendl

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available This article deals with the concept mapping method. The method has not yet received much attention in educational publications in the Czech language. The authorsdescribe principles, functions, advantages and limitations of this method and discuss its use in different areas. Use of concept mapping in educational situations is demonstratedon concept maps made by students of Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Education during a course on „Authority in Education“. At the beginning of the course, studentslearned about the concept mapping method and created their first concept map with key concept „teacher authority“. During the course, they studied authority in educationand discussed about their first concept maps with the teacher and other students. At the end of the course, the students tried to improve their maps. The concept map helpedthe students to represent the complexity of the studied issue very clearly. The students said that they were going to use concept mapping in their further study and classworkwith children. The authors show the problematic aspects of creating the maps and also examples of (inappropriately chosen concepts and (cross-links between them.

  5. Comparative Effect of the Guided Discovery(GD and Concept mapping Teaching Strategies on Senior Secondary School Students(SSSS Chemistry Achievement in Nigeria

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    Oloyede Olufunlayo Ikedolapo

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available The study compared the relative effectiveness of the guided discovery and concept mapping teaching strategies in relation to students’ performance in chemistry. A total of 360 SSS chemistry students who have registered for SSCE drawn from 4 secondary schools in Bauchi Local Government Area formed the sample for the study. A 40-item Chemistry Teacher Made Achievement Test (CMAT with characteristics (0.35?+?0.72; 0.21?d?1.00 and KR 20 = 0.86 was administered on the students to generate data for analysis. The test items span all the intellectual levels of the cognitive domain. There were (retention treatments. A t-test statistic was used to analyse the data obtained. The results indicated that there is no significant difference in he mean scores of he students due to the method post -post test (retention treatments. There was also no significant difference due to gender when the mean scores of the students in each of the methods adopted were compared on the post-post test (retention treatment.

  6. Concept mapping instrumental support for problem solving.

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    Stoyanov, Slavi; Kommers, Piet

    2008-01-01

    The main theoretical position of this paper is that it is the explicit problem-solving support in concept mapping software that produces a stronger effect in problem-solving performance than the implicit support afforded by the graphical functionality of concept mapping software. Explicit problem-solving support activates cognitive functions such as knowledge representation, knowledge elicitation, knowledge reflection and knowledge creation. Concept mapping graphical instruction supports know...

  7. Mapping Knowledge: Concept Maps in Early Childhood Education

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    Maria Birbili

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Graphic organizers such as webs, time lines, Venn diagrams, flowcharts, and concept maps are well known and widely used instructional and learning tools. They help teachers and students not only to identify and visually represent their views and knowledge but also to recognize and depict relationships among concepts. This article discusses the use of concept maps in early childhood education. In light of a theory that suggests that information is processed and stored in memory in both linguistic and visual forms, it is argued that concept maps can be used in early childhood classrooms to help children organize and spatially represent both what they know and what they are thinking. Once children learn how to “read” and make concept maps, teachers can also use them to identify children’s preexisting knowledge or misconceptions as well as use them as an evaluation tool. The article also considers the role of concept maps in teacher planning. Concept maps can help teachers to plan, structure, and sequence the content of their teaching. Finally, the article illustrates some of the issues involved in using concept maps with preschool children and suggests ways of introducing children to the process of constructing their own concept maps.

  8. Mapping Concepts for Learning and Assessment

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    Daugherty, Jenny L.; Custer, Rodney L.; Dixon, Raymond A.

    2012-01-01

    Although it is helpful to identify a list of concepts to categorize and communicate the big ideas of engineering, it is important to determine how best to incorporate them into instruction. Concept mapping is a well-established learning and assessment tool that can be used by technology and engineering teachers. Maps can trace levels of…

  9. Using Concept Maps in Political Science

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    Chamberlain, Robert P.

    2015-01-01

    Concept mapping is a pedagogical technique that was developed in the 1970s and is being used in K-12 and postsecondary education. Although it has shown excellent results in other fields, it is still rare in political science. In this research note, I discuss the implementation and testing of concept mapping in my Advanced Introduction to…

  10. Concept Mapping for Higher Order Thinking

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    Susan Marie Zvacek

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Engineering education is facing a changing world in which how one thinks is becoming more important than what one thinks; that is, our course content is important but constantly changing and we need to help students learn how to think about that content.Today’s students have grown accustomed to immediate rewards, multi-channel stimuli, and rapid-fire communications.  As a result, they are often impatient and suffer a lack of focus. When reflection is called for in the learning process - a time consuming practice - students may find it difficult to overcome the conflict between their typically speedy management of priorities and the focused, time-intensive thinking required to acquire a strong foundation of declarative knowledge.Therefore, the exploration of tools to facilitate the formation of deep knowledge structures is essential. One instructional strategy that shows promise is the use of concept mapping, a learning activity that requires students to explain their understanding of important ideas and the relationships among those ideas.  This paper describes a pilot project to integrate concept mapping into a Mechanical Engineering Course and the preliminary results of that project.This project has been established within the Working Group of “Tools for Developing High Order Thinking Skills”, of the Portuguese Society for Engineering Education, in which the first author is the leader and the other two co-authors, are working group members

  11. Mapping your innovation strategy.

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    Anthony, Scott D; Eyring, Matt; Gibson, Lib

    2006-05-01

    In the complex sport of American football, teams rely on playbooks as thick as the Manhattan phone directory. But when it comes to creating innovative growth businesses-which is at least as complicated as professional football--most companies have not developed detailed game plans. Indeed, many managers have concluded that a fog enshrouds the world of innovation, obscuring high-potential opportunities. The authors believe that companies can penetrate that fog by developing growth strategies based on disruptive innovations, as defined by Clayton Christensen. Such innovations conform to a pattern: They offer an entirely new solution; they perform adequately along traditional dimensions and much better along other dimensions that matter more to target customers; and they are not initially appealing to powerful incumbents. Companies can develop customized checklists, or playbooks, by combining this basic pattern with analysis of major innovations in their markets. The key early on is to focus not on detailed financial estimates--which will always guide companies toward the markets most hostile to disruptive innovations--but on how well the innovation fits the pattern of success. It's also crucial to encourage flexibility: Companies must be willing to kill projects that are going nowhere, exempt innovations from standard development processes, and avoid burdening project teams with extra financing, which can keep them heading in the wrong direction. Companies can create competitive advantage by becoming champions at defining the pattern of successful innovations and executing against it. But as that pattern becomes obvious--and others emerge-building a sustainable advantage on innovation competencies will again prove elusive. PMID:16649702

  12. Mapping Knowledge: Concept Maps in Early Childhood Education

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    Maria Birbili

    2006-01-01

    Graphic organizers such as webs, time lines, Venn diagrams, flowcharts, and concept maps are well known and widely used instructional and learning tools. They help teachers and students not only to identify and visually represent their views and knowledge but also to recognize and depict relationships among concepts. This article discusses the use of concept maps in early childhood education. In light of a theory that suggests that information is processed and stored in memory in both linguis...

  13. Concept maps and language: a Turkish experience

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    Bagci Kilic, Gulsen

    2003-11-01

    Concept maps are being used by an increasing number of educators in Europe and the US. This paper has four goals. First, it discusses problems in developing Novak's style concept maps in Turkish caused by linguistic differences between Turkish and English. Second, it reports the findings of a research study conducted to adapt concept maps to Turkish. Third, it recommends three methods for the adaptation resulting from research findings. Finally, it discusses the implications of the adaptation for educators worldwide and for future research.

  14. The comparative effect of individually-generated vs. collaboratively-generated computer-based concept mapping on science concept learning

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    Kwon, So Young

    Using a quasi-experimental design, the researcher investigated the comparative effects of individually-generated and collaboratively-generated computer-based concept mapping on middle school science concept learning. Qualitative data were analyzed to explain quantitative findings. One hundred sixty-one students (74 boys and 87 girls) in eight, seventh grade science classes at a middle school in Southeast Texas completed the entire study. Using prior science performance scores to assure equivalence of student achievement across groups, the researcher assigned the teacher's classes to one of the three experimental groups. The independent variable, group, consisted of three levels: 40 students in a control group, 59 students trained to individually generate concept maps on computers, and 62 students trained to collaboratively generate concept maps on computers. The dependent variables were science concept learning as demonstrated by comprehension test scores, and quality of concept maps created by students in experimental groups as demonstrated by rubric scores. Students in the experimental groups received concept mapping training and used their newly acquired concept mapping skills to individually or collaboratively construct computer-based concept maps during study time. The control group, the individually-generated concept mapping group, and the collaboratively-generated concept mapping group had equivalent learning experiences for 50 minutes during five days, excepting that students in a control group worked independently without concept mapping activities, students in the individual group worked individually to construct concept maps, and students in the collaborative group worked collaboratively to construct concept maps during their study time. Both collaboratively and individually generated computer-based concept mapping had a positive effect on seventh grade middle school science concept learning but neither strategy was more effective than the other. However, the students who collaboratively generated concept maps created significantly higher quality concept maps than those who individually generated concept maps. The researcher concluded that the concept mapping software, Inspiration(TM), fostered construction of students' concept maps individually or collaboratively for science learning and helped students capture their evolving creative ideas and organize them for meaningful learning. Students in both the individual and the collaborative concept mapping groups had positive attitudes toward concept mapping using Inspiration(TM) software.

  15. Mining Concept Maps to Understand University Students' Learning

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    Yoo, Jin Soung; Cho, Moon-Heum

    2012-01-01

    Concept maps, visual representations of knowledge, are used in an educational context as a way to represent students' knowledge, and identify mental models of students; however there is a limitation of using concept mapping due to its difficulty to evaluate the concept maps. A concept map has a complex structure which is composed of concepts and…

  16. Concept mapping: an effective, active teaching-learning method.

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    Clayton, Laura H

    2006-01-01

    Nurse educators, under pressure to prepare graduates who are able to think critically and solve problems in a variety of clinical practice settings, require active teaching strategies to promote meaningful learning, instead of relying on traditional methods that promote rote memorization. A review of the current state of the science with regard to concept mapping demonstrates that this teaching-learning method assists nurse educators to prepare graduates to think critically in the complex health care environment. However, further research is needed to determine the effectiveness of concept mapping on the graduate's performance on the NCLEX exam and on critical thinking and prioritization skills in the clinical environment. PMID:16921805

  17. Concept Maps: Practice Applications in Adult Education and Human Resource Development

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    Daley, Barbara J.

    2010-01-01

    Concept maps can be used as both a cognitive and constructivist learning strategy in teaching and learning in adult education and human resource development. The maps can be used to understand course readings, analyze case studies, develop reflective thinking and enhance research skills. The creation of concept maps can also be supported by the…

  18. The Applications of Concept Mapping in Reference and Information Services.

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    Sherratt, Christine S.; Schlabach, Martin L.

    1990-01-01

    Provides background on concept mapping and discusses concept maps drawn by library science graduate students in a reference and information services course. Applications of concept mapping of significance to librarians--in reference service, instruction, and research--are considered. Several sample concept maps are included. (19 references) (MES)

  19. Promoting Conceptual Understanding via Adaptive Concept Maps

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    Moore, Jacob P.

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to explore the feasibility and effectiveness of a scalable concept map based navigation system for a digital textbook. A literature review has been conducted to identify possible methods to promote conceptual understanding in the context of a digital textbook, and these hypothesized solutions will be evaluated through…

  20. Expert Concept Mapping Study on Mobile Learning

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    Borner, Dirk; Glahn, Christian; Stoyanov, Slavi; Kalz, Marco; Specht, Marcus

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: The present paper introduces concept mapping as a structured participative conceptualization approach to identify clusters of ideas and opinions generated by experts within the domain of mobile learning. Utilizing this approach, the paper aims to contribute to a definition of key domain characteristics by identifying the main educational…

  1. Learning from Concept Mapping and Hypertext: An Eye Tracking Study

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    Amadieu, Franck; Salmerón, Ladislao; Cegarra, Julien; Paubel, Pierre-Vincent; Lemarié, Julie; Chevalier, Aline

    2015-01-01

    This study examined the effects of prior domain knowledge and learning sequences on learning with concept mapping and hypertext. Participants either made a concept map in a first step and then read the hypertext's contents combined with concept mapping (high activating condition), or they read the hypertext's contents first and then made a concept…

  2. An Analysis of Prospective Teachers' Knowledge for Constructing Concept Maps

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    Subramaniam, Karthigeyan; Esprívalo Harrell, Pamela

    2015-01-01

    Background: Literature contends that a teacher's knowledge of concept map-based tasks influence how their students perceive the task and execute the creation of acceptable concept maps. Teachers who are skilled concept mappers are able to (1) understand and apply the operational terms to construct a hierarchical/non-hierarchical concept map; (2)…

  3. Teaching, Designing, and Organizing: Concept Mapping for Librarians

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    April Colosimo; Megan Fitzgibbons

    2012-01-01

    Concept maps are graphical representations of relationships among concepts that can be an effective tool for teaching, designing, and organizing information in a variety of library settings. First, concept mapping can be used wherever training or formal teaching occurs as a visual aid to explain complex ideas. They can also help learners articulate their understanding of a subject area when they create their own concept maps. When using concept mapping as a teaching tool, students may hav...

  4. Concepts Map Approach in e-Classroom

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    Gabriel ZAMFIR

    2012-01-01

    This article is designed as an educational research study focused on e-Classroom as a medium of instruction based on assisted didactics design and teacher assisted learning in order to develop interactive applications, integrating concepts map approach. In this context, the paper proposes a specific conceptual framework applied in a theoretical model, as a base of an analytical framework used in a case study. Such a paradigm defines the classwork as the basic activity of the student which con...

  5. Online Concept Maps: Enhancing Collaborative Learning by Using Technology with Concept Maps.

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    Canas, Alberto J.; Ford, Kenneth M.; Novak, Joseph D.; Hayes, Patrick; Reichherzer, Thomas R.; Suri, Niranjan

    2001-01-01

    Describes a collaborative software system that allows students from distant schools to share claims derived from their concept maps. Sharing takes place by accessing The Knowledge Soup, a repository of propositions submitted by students and stored on a computer server. Students can use propositions from other students to enhance their concept…

  6. Los Mapas Conceptuales como Estrategia que Permite Mejorar el Proceso de Enseñanza Aprendizaje de la Neuroanatomía Concept Maps as a Strategy for Improving the Teaching Learning Process in Neuroanatomy

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    Adriana Margarita Flórez-Uribe

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    Full Text Available Los mapas conceptuales son una estrategia de enseñanza aprendizaje que permite organizar los contenidos de una temática determinada facilitando su interpretación, comprensión y análisis. Su construcción en forma grupal incrementa la capacidad de los estudiantes de aprender de modo significativo debido al aumento del interés y la atención para integrar los conceptos más relevantes en forma cooperativa. El objetivo de este trabajo fue evaluar el rendimiento académico de los estudiantes que cursaron la asignatura morfofisiología II en la Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS al implementar el uso de los mapas conceptuales como herramienta pedagógica para la enseñanza de la anatomía funcional del sistema nervioso. Se realizó un estudio de tipo prospectivo analítico con mediciones transversales en cuatro momentos en 130 estudiantes de medicina (II semestre 2006 que cursaban la asignatura morfofisiología II a quienes durante los dos primeros cortes se les transmitió la información en forma de cátedra magistral y para el tercer corte se dividieron en grupos de trabajo que utilizaron como método activo de enseñanza los mapas conceptuales. Los resultados de sus exámenes académicos escritos se compararon utilizando la prueba de Bonferroni (pThe present study describes the implementation of conceptual maps as a pedagogical strategy that tends to transform the passive students into an active producer.The use of concept maps in groups encourages students to meaningful learning, increasing interest and attention in relevant concepts working in a cooperative way. The objective was to measure the improvement of academic performance of the student when implementing the strategy of conceptual maps as a pedagogical tool of students of morphophysiology II at the Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS for teaching the functional anatomy of the nervous system. An analytic prospective with four transversal sections study was conducted in 130 students of medicine (II semesters of 2006 Bucaramanga, Santander at 2006, who attended the course morphophysiology II.For the first and the second section the students received master classes and for the third section the group was divided and the active method of concept maps was applied. The multiple corrected comparisons were made using the Bonferroni test (p< 0.05 when the ANOVA shows significant statistical differences. All student received master classes as a group. For other activities they were divided in 4 groups; A, B, C and D with 36, 40, 25 and 29 students respectively. It is important that at the third period the performance of the group was homogeneous, finding not difference between groups. An ANOVA for all students in comparison of the 4 periods showed significant differences (F3,387: 39,116, p<0,001 where the comparison with Bonferroni demonstrated that performance in the third period was significantly better than in the other periods. Using concept maps as an strategy for actively constructing knowledge by students confirms that the process of learning is active and was reflected in the improvement of their performance.

  7. Concept maps and canonical models in neuropsychiatry.

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    Marin-Sanguino, A; del Rosario, R C H; Mendoza, E R

    2009-05-01

    Most bioscientists engage in informal modelling in their research and explicitly document this activity's results in diagrams or "concept maps". While canonical modelling approaches such as Biochemical Systems Theory (BST) immediately allow the construction of a corresponding system of equations, the problem of determining appropriate parameter values remains. Goel et al. introduced Concept Map Modelling (CMM) as a framework to address this problem through an interactive dialogue between experimenters and modellers. The CMM dialogue extracts the experimenters' implicit knowledge about dynamical behaviour of the parts of the system being modelled in form of rough sketches and verbal statements, e.g. value ranges. These are then used as inputs for parameter and initial value estimates for the symbolic canonical model based on the diagram. Canonical models have the big advantage that a great variety of parameter estimation methods have been developed for them in recent years. The paper discusses the suitability of this approach for neuropsychiatry using recent work of Qi et al. on a canonical model of presynaptic dopamine metabolism. Due to the complexity of systems encountered in neuropsychiatry, hybrid models are often used to complement the canonical models discussed here. PMID:19434549

  8. Concept Mapping Using Cmap Tools to Enhance Meaningful Learning

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    Cañas, Alberto J.; Novak, Joseph D.

    Concept maps are graphical tools that have been used in all facets of education and training for organizing and representing knowledge. When learners build concept maps, meaningful learning is facilitated. Computer-based concept mapping software such as CmapTools have further extended the use of concept mapping and greatly enhanced the potential of the tool, facilitating the implementation of a concept map-centered learning environment. In this chapter, we briefly present concept mapping and its theoretical foundation, and illustrate how it can lead to an improved learning environment when it is combined with CmapTools and the Internet. We present the nationwide “Proyecto Conéctate al Conocimiento” in Panama as an example of how concept mapping, together with technology, can be adopted by hundreds of schools as a means to enhance meaningful learning.

  9. Strategy and Quality Maps in Higher Education

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    Kettunen, Juha

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the integration of strategic management and quality assurance in higher education. The study presents how the value chain can be described in the strategy and quality maps, which are, respectively graphical representations of the strategic plan and the quality assurance system. The quality map is a new…

  10. Concept Maps powered by computer software: a strategy for enhancing reading comprehension in English for Specific Purposes / Mapas conceituais mediados pelo computador: uma estratégia para aumentar o nível de compreensão escrita em inglês para fins específicos

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    Full Text Available Este artigo enfoca os procedimentos de uma pesquisa-ação (STRINGER, 2007) implementada em uma turma de alunos de graduação de um curso de inglês instrumental na Faculdade de Letras (UFMG). O impulso motivador foi a tentativa de criação de um meio para resolver um problema educativo localizado: o aum [...] ento do nível de compreensão de textos em inglês para fins acadêmicos. O processo de busca de uma possível solução envolveu o uso de mapas conceituais (NOVAK; CAÑAS, 2008), mediados pelo programa de computador CMap Tools (CAÑAS et al., 2004). Os dados indicam que a criação de mapas conceituais, empoderada pelo uso do CMap Tools, pode ser uma estratégia útil para aumentar o nível de compreensão escrita dos alunos. A investigação teve como suporte teórico os princípios da abordagem de inglês para fins específicos, aprendizagem significativa, aprendizagem como um ato social e aprendizagem colaborativa. Abstract in english This paper focuses on the procedures of an action-research (STRINGER, 2007) that was conducted with undergraduates enrolled in an ESP course at Faculdade de Letras (UFMG). The impelling drive was the creation of a means to solve an educational problem, namely, the enhancement of students' reading co [...] mprehension of texts in English for academic purposes. The problem-solving process involved the use of concept maps (NOVAK; CAÑAS, 2008) powered by the CMap Tools software (CAÑAS et al., 2004) to meet the educational needs of a localized teaching situation. Data indicate that concept mapping, facilitated by computer software, can be a useful strategy to improve comprehension. Support for the investigation comes from the theories underlying the ESP approach, meaningful learning, learning as a social enterprise, and collaborative learning.

  11. A Theoretical Note on Concepts and the Need for Cyclic Concept Maps

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    Safayeni, Frank; Derbentseva, Natalia; Canas, Alberto J.

    2005-01-01

    This article examines concepts and propositions from a theoretical perspective, and establishes the need for and develops an extension to Concept Maps (CMaps), called Cyclic Concept Maps (Cyclic CMaps). Cyclic CMaps are considered to be an appropriate tool for representing knowledge of functional or dynamical relationships between concepts. CMaps,…

  12. Using Concept Maps to Teach a Nanotechnology Survey Short Course

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    Moyses, David D.; Rivet, Jennifer L.; Fahlman, Bradley D.

    2010-01-01

    We describe the use of concept maps within a 4-week nanotechnology survey course, designed for first-year undergraduate students. Because of the extremely short time frame of the class, students would be inundated with an overwhelming number of new concepts and definitions. Hence, we employed concept mapping to increase student retention and…

  13. Collaborative Concept Mapping Activities in a Classroom Scenario

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    Elorriaga, J. A.; Arruarte, A.; Calvo, I.; Larrañaga, M.; Rueda, U.; Herrán, E.

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study is to test collaborative concept mapping activities using computers in a classroom scenario and to evaluate the possibilities that Elkar-CM offers for collaboratively learning non-technical topics. Elkar-CM is a multi-lingual and multi-media software program designed for drawing concept maps (CMs) collaboratively. Concept…

  14. CHIVA: hemodynamic concept, strategy and results.

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    Franceschi, Claude; Cappelli, Massimo; Ermini, Stefano; Gianesini, Sergio; Mendoza, Erika; Passariello, Fausto; Zamboni, Paolo

    2016-02-01

    The first part of this review article provides the physiologic background that sustained the CHIVA principles development. Then the venous networks anatomy and flow patterns are described with pertinent sonographic interpretations, leading to the shunt concept description and to the consequent CHIVA strategy application. An in depth explanation into the hemodynamic conservative cure approach follows, together with pertinent review of the relevant literature. PMID:26044838

  15. Different applications of concept maps in Higher Education

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    Blasco-Tamarit, E.; Muñoz Portero, María José

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of this work is to show different applications of concept maps in higher education, concretely in qualifications of the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Design/methodology/approach: Different methodologies have been used depending on the application of concept maps: as evaluation tool, as knowledge organizing tool, and as meaningful learning tool. Findings: Students consider the concept maps useful principally to select key ideas, to achieve a comprehensive view of the les...

  16. Concept mapping: a tool for improving patient care.

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    Aberdeen, Suzanne

    2015-07-29

    This article reviews the use of concept mapping as a person-centred problem-solving aid to assessment, risk management, care evaluation and care planning for nurses. Concept maps are diagrams that are used to organise, represent and create knowledge, and provide a useful framework for critical analysis and problem solving. Concept mapping is discussed and demonstrated in relation to improving the quality of care for patients and as a tool for clinical leadership and teamwork. The benefits of concept mapping for patients' wellbeing and safety, staff satisfaction and team learning are evidenced. PMID:26219812

  17. Concept mapping and pupils’ learning in primary science in Singapore

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    Yuan LING

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports on a quasi-experimental study which examined the effectiveness of concept mapping as a revision tool in enhancing pupils' examination performances in primary science. The research objective seeks to determine whether there are significant differences in achievement between the concept mapping and traditional method of revision groups after treatment in both primary gifted and mainstream classes. This research hopes to establish the relationship between pupils' understanding of science concepts along with performance and use of concept mapping as a revision tool in primary science. Findings of this study will be useful towards the implementation of concept mapping as an instructional and revision tool in the primary science classroom.Objective:The purpose of this study is to examine, in a systematic manner, the effectiveness of concept mapping as a revision tool in enhancing pupils' learning and understanding of primary science concepts.Interest in knowledge representation and knowledge elicitation has increased greatly over the past decade and new literatures are emerging on this topic. However, a literature search on concept mapping in Singapore classrooms revealed that thus far no systematic studies have been done, especially in the area of primary science education. Research on concept mapping has only been systematically examined and documented in the teaching of lower secondary history (Loh, 1987 and secondary science (Mohamed Nasir, 1992 in the local context. There were three conference/seminar papers involving the use of concept mapping in science in Singapore (Chang, 1989; Lloyd, 1992; Wan, Lee, Goh & Chia, 1992This study extends the research on concept mapping done in Singapore to primary science classrooms in terms of its effectiveness and potential in enhancing learning and understanding science concepts as compared to the traditional method of revision using outlining method among both the gifted and main stream pupils.Significance:Findings from this study will go some way in addressing the lack of knowledge arising from systematic studies on the use of concept mapping in primary science classrooms in Singapore.It will also complement existing knowledge concerning the use of concept mapping in science classrooms overseas, as well as locally in the use of concept mapping in secondary and non-science classrooms.Research questions:The following research questions are proposed to further investigate this learning heuristic. RQ1. Does concept mapping as a revision tool help primary school pupils (both gifted and main stream achieve better performance in terms of marks in science tests and assessments?RQ2. Does concept mapping as a revision tool enhance concept retention in pupils?

  18. A Concept Mapping Approach to Guide and Understand Dissemination and Implementation

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    Green, Amy E; Fettes, Danielle L.; Aarons, Gregory A.

    2012-01-01

    Many efforts to implement evidence-based programs do not reach their full potential or fail due to the variety of challenges inherent in dissemination and implementation. This article describes the use of concept mapping—a mixed method strategy—to study implementation of behavioral health innovations and evidence-based practice (EBP). The application of concept mapping to implementation research represents a practical and concise way to identify and quantify factors affecting implementation, ...

  19. Assigning process-oriented roles in concept mapping mediated online group learning

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    Cheng, B.; Wang, M

    2013-01-01

    Group interaction is a key component of group-based learning. However, its implementation in existing learning practices is inefficient. Previous studies discussed the use of concept mapping in group learning. Apart from its clear benefits for group learning and interaction, deficiencies of using concept mapping in distance groups were also recognized, mainly related to labor division, group coordination, and collaboration strategies. This study aims to address the challenge by proposing an i...

  20. Understanding of earth and space science concepts: Strategies for concept building in elementary teacher preparation

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    Bulunuz, Nermin

    Research on conceptual change provides strong evidence that not only children but also many adults have incorrect or incomplete understanding of science concepts. This mixed methods study was concerned with preservice and inservice teachers' understanding of six earth and space science concepts commonly taught in elementary school: reasons for seasons, phases of the moon, reasons for the wind, the rock cycle, soil formation, and earthquakes. The first part of the study determined and compared the level of conceptual understanding held by both groups on topics they will need to teach in the Georgia Performance Standards [GPS]. The second part focused on whether readings or hands-on learning stations, in some cases combined with concept mapping, improves preservice teachers' understanding of these concepts. The third part described the application of conceptual change strategies of one group of preservice teachers during their field placements. The overall sample was two cohorts of preservice teachers, one cohort of preservice teachers from an alternative initial certification program, and two masters' cohorts consisting of inservice teachers. Four data sources were: a six item open-ended survey, concept maps, the field assignments, and the researcher's field notes. Rubrics were used to score answers to each survey question. Concept map scores were calculated based on the criteria developed by Novak and Gowin (1984). The first part of the study shows that both preservice and inservice teachers have low conceptual understanding of the earth science concepts taught in elementary school. Independent samples t-tests results indicate that both groups have similar understanding about these concepts. A two way ANOVA with repeated measures analysis demonstrated that readings and learning stations are both successful in building preservice teacher's understanding and that benefits from the hands-on learning stations approached statistical significance. A paired samples t-test shows that concept mapping added to the participants' conceptual understanding whether the participants learned the concepts through readings or stations. Finally, field assignments allowed the participants to apply knowledge that they learned in their science methods course in their classroom placements. This study has implications for teacher preparation programs, staff development, and conceptual change practices in field placements.

  1. Designing a Multichannel Map Service Concept

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    Hanna-Marika Halkosaari

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    Full Text Available This paper introduces a user-centered design process for developing a multichannel map service. The aim of the service is to provide hikers with interactive maps through several channels. In a multichannel map service, the same spatial information is available through various channels, such as printed maps, Web maps, mobile maps, and other interactive media. When properly networked, the channels share a uniform identity so that the user experiences the different channels as a part of a single map service. The traditional methods of user-centered design, such as design probes, personas, and scenarios, proved useful even in the emerging field of developing multichannel map services. The findings emphasize the need to involve users and multidisciplinary teams in the conceptual phases of designing complex services aimed at serving various kinds of users.

  2. Animated and Static Concept Maps Enhance Learning from Spoken Narration

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    Adesope, Olusola O.; Nesbit, John C.

    2013-01-01

    An animated concept map represents verbal information in a node-link diagram that changes over time. The goals of the experiment were to evaluate the instructional effects of presenting an animated concept map concurrently with semantically equivalent spoken narration. The study used a 2 x 2 factorial design in which an animation factor (animated…

  3. A Framework of Active Learning by Concept Mapping

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    Chen, Wang-Kun; Wang, Ping

    2012-01-01

    This study presents a student-centered teaching model based on concept mapping and problem-solving. The concept map is used as a tool to develop curriculum and evaluate teaching performance. Case-based teaching was implemented on the course of building energy conservation. The results of this study, which include teaching plans, evaluation tools,…

  4. Can Elementary Students Gather Information from Concept Maps?

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    Marulcu, Ismail; Karakuyu, Yunus; Dogan, Mevlut

    2013-01-01

    In this study, we investigated whether concept maps were used as often and as effectively in elementary science and technology classrooms as recommended by the National Ministry of Education (MEB) in the new curricula in Turkey. In the new elementary science and technology curricula, the MEB provides a general concept map for each unit. We used…

  5. Concept Mapping and Pupils' Learning in Primary Science in Singapore

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    Ling, Yuan; Boo, Hong Kwen

    2007-01-01

    This paper reports on a quasi-experimental study which examined the effectiveness of concept mapping as a revision tool in enhancing pupils' examination performances in primary science. The research objective seeks to determine whether there are significant differences in achievement between the concept mapping and traditional method of revision…

  6. Using the Concept Attainment Strategy to Enhance Reading Comprehension

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    Boulware, Beverly J.; Crow, Mary Lynn

    2008-01-01

    The Concept Attainment Strategy is an instructional technique proposed by Jerome Bruner that targets the "big idea" or concept underlining concrete or abstract examples. This strategy focuses on the developing comprehension of words and ideas associated with a concept rather than on its name or what the concept is called. Specifically it develops…

  7. CONCEPT MAPS – IMPROVEMENT TOOL FOR ACCOUNTING INFORMATION

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    Full Text Available Concept maps, viewed as an innovative method for learning and evolution, are used to synthesize the knowledge of the participants to the learning process and are based on the main concepts and the relationship between them. They offer a visual representation of the information held by an individual, caught through his ability to synthesize the notions/the key concepts. The current study intends to show the importance and efficiency of using the concept maps in economics, especially in the accounting department, a method designed to settle the learning process and, also, to offer a sustainable value. The current empirical study is based on the manner in which the accounting knowledge is displayed by a sample group of 19 practitioners. The originality, the relevance of the concept maps method is underlined by the idea of the practitioners creating their own concept maps designed to point out the importance of the cognitive structure when describing the relationships between different accounting principles.

  8. Integrating collaborative concept mapping in case based learning

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    Tifi, Alfredo

    2013-01-01

    Different significance of collaborative concept mapping and collaborative argumentation in Case Based Learning are discussed and compared in the different perspectives of answering focus questions, of fostering reflective thinking skills and in managing uncertainty in problem solving in a scaffolded environment. Marked differences are pointed out between the way concepts are used in constructing concept maps and the way meanings are adopted in case-based learning through guided argumentation ...

  9. Concept Maps Applied to Mars Exploration Public Outreach

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    Briggs, Geoffrey; Canas, Alberto; Shamma, David; Scargle, Jeffrey; Novak, Joseph

    2004-01-01

    This paper describes CMEX Mars, an effort in the creation of a comprehensive set of concept maps to describe all aspects of Mars exploration. These concept maps, created using the CmapTools software developed by the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, are available on the Internet at http:/cmex.arc.nasa.gov/CMEX and are linked among themselves as well as to resources on the Internet. The work described took place mainly between 1998 and 2001 and combined the goals of: 1) developing a library of concept maps for educational outreach while also 2) refining the capabilities of the software used to create the interactive maps and 3) making them available on the Internet. Here we focus on the library of Mars exploration concept maps that has been created.

  10. Heliophysics Concept Maps for Education and Public Outreach

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    Nichols-Yehling, M.; Ali, N. A.; Paglierani, R.; Mendez, B. J.

    2014-07-01

    The NASA Science Mission Directorate Heliophysics Science Education and Public Outreach Forum team has created a set of Heliophysics Concept Maps. The concepts are based on content related to the three major questions in the NASA Heliophysics Science Roadmap: What causes the Sun to vary? How do the Earth and the heliosphere respond? What are the impacts on humanity? These maps tie into the AAAS Project 2061 Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy, a set of K-12 learning goals that are widely used by education professionals for curriculum development and program planning. The purpose of this effort was to identify key concepts related to heliophysics and map their progression to show how students' understanding of heliophysics might develop from kindergarten through higher education. This effort creates more comprehensive maps specific to heliophysics that provide content at a deeper level than what is in the existing Benchmarks. It also extends the concept maps to higher education, an audience not included in the Benchmarks.

  11. A Review of Studies on Collaborative Concept Mapping: What Have We Learned about the Technique and What Is Next?

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    Gao, Hong; Shen, E.; Losh, Susan; Turner, Jeannine

    2007-01-01

    Collaborative concept mapping engages two or more students in coordinated and sustained efforts in the creation of one or more concept maps in order to learn and construct knowledge. It is a potentially powerful instructional strategy in that it fosters meaningful learning and group knowledge construction and helps the building of common ground…

  12. Concept mapping for the development of medical curricula

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    Edmondson, Katherine M.

    Increased use of problem-based approaches to medical education has highlighted the challenges of curricular revision and interdisciplinary development. Venturing beyond disciplinary boundaries can be difficult, despite a desire to create interdisciplinary courses and adopt new ways of teaching. Concept mapping is an effective tool for developing an integrated curriculum. This article includes examples of concept maps that represent an entire veterinary curriculum, specific courses, and case-based exercises. The author argues that concept mapping is a valuable tool for curriculum development of any scope or discipline, but is particularly helpful for creating interdisciplinary courses and case-based exercises.Received: 13 December 1994; Revised: 27 December 1994;

  13. Concept mapping and dialogue mapping in information seeking practices : a case study

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    Nevalainen, Jouni; Heino, Kirsi; Palmgren, Virpi

    2008-01-01

    There are huge possibilities for using concept and dialogue mapping tools in information retrieval. With the help of the software the subjects can be analysed and divided into smaller conceptual parts. Then the actual task is easier to carry out. In the past two years the Helsinki University of Technology TKK library and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering have co-operated with an interesting project. New software for making mind maps, concept maps and dialogue maps are bei...

  14. What's in a Word? Concept mapping: a graphical tool to reinforce learning of epidemiological concepts.

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    Berglund, Anita

    2015-12-01

    Epidemiology is founded on central concepts and principles, essential for conducting, reporting and critically assessing epidemiological studies. Definitions of the many concepts used in the field can be found in textbooks and via the Dictionary of Epidemiology. However, central epidemiological concepts are labelled and used in multiple ways, leading to potential misunderstanding when communicating in different fora. The aim here is to describe collaborative concept mapping, and illustrate how it can be used in teaching and learning epidemiology. Concept mapping is a cognitive technique that is widely used in the education of medical and allied health professions as a tool for critical thinking, and to assimilate new knowledge, but it is still under-utilised in epidemiology. A specific concept map is defined by the aim and question in focus; it is thus framed by a context. The concept map is constructed using a set of concepts (nodes) that are linked with arrows or lines (links). Words and phrases (connective terms) are used to explain relationships between the concepts linked. Different domains can be interconnected by linking concepts in different areas (cross-links). The underlying structure of knowledge is often complex, and consequently concept maps can be constructed using different topological features. Here we provide an illustrative example of concept mapping, based on a set of 'basic' concepts introduced in a doctoral course in epidemiology. In summary, concept mapping is a compelling, active learning tool, which can promote shared deeper knowledge of concepts and their complex interconnections, thereby facilitating a better understanding of epidemiological research. PMID:25987721

  15. Integrating Concept Mapping and the Learning Cycle To Teach Diffusion and Osmosis Concepts to High School Biology Students.

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    Odom, Arthur L.; Kelly, Paul V.

    2001-01-01

    Explores the effectiveness of concept mapping, the learning cycle, expository instruction, and a combination of concept mapping/learning cycle in promoting conceptual understanding of diffusion and osmosis. Concludes that the concept mapping/learning cycle and concept mapping treatment groups significantly outperformed the expository treatment…

  16. A Network Analysis of Concept Maps of Triangle Concepts

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    Haiyue, Jin; Khoon Yoong, Wong

    2010-01-01

    Mathematics educators and mathematics standards of curriculum have emphasised the importance of constructing the interconnectedness among mathematic concepts ("conceptual understanding") instead of only the ability to carry out standard procedures in an isolated fashion. Researchers have attempted to assess the knowledge networks in students'…

  17. Strategy Maps in University Management: A Comparative Study

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    Han, Shuangmiao; Zhong, Zhou

    2015-01-01

    In this study, the conceptual use of the strategy map approach and the strategy map which it produces have been adapted from the business sector and introduced as tools for achieving more effective strategic planning and management in higher education institutions (HEIs). This study discusses the development of strategy maps as transformational…

  18. Concept mapping and pupils’ learning in primary science in Singapore

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    Ling, Yuan; Hong Kwen BOO

    2007-01-01

    This paper reports on a quasi-experimental study which examined the effectiveness of concept mapping as a revision tool in enhancing pupils' examination performances in primary science. The research objective seeks to determine whether there are significant differences in achievement between the concept mapping and traditional method of revision groups after treatment in both primary gifted and mainstream classes. This research hopes to establish the relationship between pupils' understanding...

  19. Different applications of concept maps in Higher Education

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    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of this work is to show different applications of concept maps in higher education, concretely in qualifications of the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Design/methodology/approach: Different methodologies have been used depending on the application of concept maps: as evaluation tool, as knowledge organizing tool, and as meaningful learning tool.Findings: Students consider the concept maps useful principally to select key ideas, to achieve a comprehensive view of the lesson, and to bring up the subject. Moreover, concept maps promote the meaningful and active learning, help students to understand, follow-up, and learn subjects with a high load of contents.Research limitations/implications: The most important limitation is the use of the concept maps in subjects with a high number of students.Practical implications: The realization of concept maps allows the student to develop generic competences.Originality/value: The originality of this work is to show how a same tool can be used in different subjects of different qualifications.

  20. Multiscale mapping: Physical concepts and mathematical techniques

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    This is an introductory summary for papers either invited or a part of a symposium at the 18th World Congress of Soil Science, July 2006 in Philadelphia. The symposium, titled "Multiscale Mapping of Soil Properties for Environmental Studies, Agriculture, and Decision Making," focused on techniques u...

  1. Remediating High School Students' Misconceptions Concerning Diffusion and Osmosis through Concept Mapping and Conceptual Change Text.

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    Tekkaya, Ceren

    2003-01-01

    Investigates the effectiveness of combining conceptual change text and concept mapping strategies on students' understanding of diffusion and osmosis. Results indicate that while the average percentage of students in the experimental group holding a scientifically correct view rose, the percentage of correct responses in the control group…

  2. ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING WITH AN ELECTRONIC CONCEPT MAPPING

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    Erdogan Tezc

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Educational technologies have contributed greatly to the improvement of the process of education. Besides contributing to education directly, the development in new technologies made it almost compulsory to bring new approaches in teaching methods. Among these contributions can be mentioned the application of Internet Technologies in teaching. There is an ever-increasing positive impact on learning of combining technological materials with teaching methods, or using them as teaching materials. Electronic concept mapping can be considered as a teaching method to raise motivation and meaningfulness with its features being contextual, visual, multi-dimensional and interactive. Concept maps are of significant structure in language teaching because of their cognitive complexity, coherence and taxonomic organization. As concepts are contextual in English, this will create an appropriate atmosphere for it to be learnt together with its phonetic and linguistic structure. In this study a model of e-concept maps has been used as an alternative teaching method.

  3. What Do Pre-Service Physics Teachers Know and Think about Concept Mapping?

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    Didis, Nilüfer; Özcan, Özgür; Azar, Ali

    2014-01-01

    In order to use concept maps in physics classes effectively, teachers' knowledge and ideas about concept mapping are as important as the physics knowledge used in mapping. For this reason, we aimed to examine pre-service physics teachers' knowledge on concept mapping, their ideas about the implementation of concept mapping in physics…

  4. What Do Pre-Service Physics Teachers Know and Think about Concept Mapping?

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    Didis, Nilüfer; Özcan, Özgür; Azar, Ali

    2014-01-01

    In order to use concept maps in physics classes effectively, teachers' knowledge and ideas about concept mapping are as important as the physics knowledge used in mapping. For this reason, we aimed to examine pre-service physics teachers' knowledge on concept mapping, their ideas about the implementation of concept mapping in physics…

  5. Integrating collaborative concept mapping in case based learning

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    Alfredo Tifi

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Different significance of collaborative concept mapping and collaborative argumentation in Case Based Learning are discussed and compared in the different perspectives of answering focus questions, of fostering reflective thinking skills and in managing uncertainty in problem solving in a scaffolded environment. Marked differences are pointed out between the way concepts are used in constructing concept maps and the way meanings are adopted in case based learning through guided argumentation activities. Shared concept maps should be given different scopes, as for example a as an advance organizer in preparing a background system of concepts that will undergo transformation while accompanying the inquiry activities on case studies or problems; b together with narratives, to enhance awareness of the situated epistemologies that are being entailed in choosing certain concepts during more complex case studies, and c after-learning construction of a holistic vision of the whole domain by means of the most inclusive concepts, while scaffoldedcollaborative writing of narratives and arguments in describing-treating cases could better serve as a source of situated-inspired tools to create-refine meanings for particular concepts.

  6. Construction of concept maps as tool for Biochemistry learning

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    Silvia Lopes de Menezes

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available The use of concept maps on the teaching of sciences has been object of worldwide research with different purposes: to detect the previous knowledge of the students on certain topics or to evaluate learning, among others. Based on Ausubel´s cognitive psychology, concept maps assume that the learning is accomplished by assimilation of new concepts and propositions to the students´ cognitive structure, contributing to establish links between the previous and new knowledge. It is especially interesting on the approach of interdisciplinary issues, as many studied in Biochemistry.The relevance of the use of concept maps on biochemistry learning was evaluated on a thirty-hour undergraduation optional course, with interdisciplinary topics, which are not usually included on introductory Biochemistry courses. The course Biochemistry of Animal Venoms was structured in seven module where the biochemical action mechanisms of the venoms of Crotalus sp (south american rattlesnake, Bothrops sp (jararaca, Loxosceles sp (brown spider, Tityus sp (yellow scorpion, Phoneutria sp (armed spider, Apis mellifera (honey bee and Latrodectus sp (black widowwere discussed. The students worked in small groups and, at each module, there were (1 an oriented study, guided by questions, texts and schemes, supervised by the teachers, (2 the construction of individual concept maps, where the local and systemic effects of the venoms should be predicted by their biochemical composition and (3 the construction of a new map by the group, incorporating the information of the individual maps. The difficulty level of these tasks was gradually increased throughout the course, with lesser time to carry out the tasks, lesser assistance during the oriented study and even lesser information on the venom effects.The course assessment was given by the number, quality and correction of the concepts relationship present in the concept maps, through a questionnaire and by the teachers’ observation. The concept maps produced exceeded the expectation, being gradually more complex at each module. The answers to the questionnaire, in a 1 to 5 scale, showed that the course answered the students’ expectations (4,3, that the topics chosen were satisfactory (4,4 and that the students recommend the course to colleagues (4,6. Besides, the majority agreed that the concept maps improved the learning of the course content (4,5 and that this methodology should be adopted in other courses and disciplines.

  7. The Effect of Concept Mapping with Different Levels of Generativity and Learners' Self-Regulated Learning Skills on Knowledge Acquisition and Representation

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    Lim, Kyu Yon

    2008-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of concept mapping strategies with different levels of generativity in terms of knowledge acquisition and knowledge representation. Also, it examined whether or not learners' self-regulated learning (SRL) skills influenced the effectiveness of concept mapping strategies with different…

  8. Mapping for Depth and Variety: Using a "Six W's" Scaffold to Facilitate Concept Mapping for Different History Concepts with Different Degrees of Freedom

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    Tzeng, Jeng-Yi

    2014-01-01

    This study examines how 98 students in Taiwan taking a typical high-school history class composed concept maps related to both an everyday concept and an academic-oriented unique concept with various degrees of freedom in concept mapping. In order to reveal the multidimensionality of history concepts, this study provided participants a 6W scaffold…

  9. Evaluation of educational design methodology utilizing concept mapping

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    Vesterinen, Veli-Matti; Pernaa, Johannes; Aksela, Maija Katariina

    2012-01-01

    One goal of educational design research is to provide guidelines for the design process. This paper reports on our on-going work on the development of such guidelines by evaluating the design procedure of a pre-service chemistry teacher education course on models and visualization. In the design of the course, the concept maps were utilized as interactive road maps for coordination and documentation of the co-operative development of the design solution. Description of the roles and collabora...

  10. A proposal of Potentially Meaningful Teaching Unit using concept maps

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    Thaís Rafaela Hilger

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents preliminary results from the implementation of a Potentially Meaningful Teaching Unit in four classes of third grade of secondary educational from a public school in the city of Bagé (Rio Grande do Sul. The proposed content deals with concepts related to Quantum Physics (quantization, uncertainty principle, state and superposition of states, presented in accordance with the sequence of eight steps of Potentially Meaningful Teaching Unit, seeking meaningful learning of these concepts. Are analyzed in this work mental maps and concept maps produced in pairs, as well as the comparison between them. Also presented are some comments from students about their development in the understanding of the concepts covered in the proposal. The proposal was a well received and, although the study is still in progress and part of a broader research, already provide evidence of significant learning, which is the goal of a Potentially Meaningful Teaching Unit.

  11. A genealogical map of the concept of habit

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    Xabier E Barandiaran; Ezequiel Alejandro Di Paolo

    2014-01-01

    The notion of information processing has dominated the study of the mind for over six decades. However, before the advent of cognitivism, one of the most prominent theoretical ideas was that of Habit. This is a concept with a rich and complex history, which is again starting to awaken interest, following recent embodied, enactive critiques of computationalist frameworks. We offer here a very brief history of the concept of habit in the form of a genealogical network-map. This serves to provi...

  12. A genealogical map of the concept of habit

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    Xabier E Barandiaran; Di Paolo, Ezequiel A.

    2014-01-01

    The notion of information processing has dominated the study of the mind for over six decades. However, before the advent of cognitivism, one of the most prominent theoretical ideas was that of Habit. This is a concept with a rich and complex history, which is again starting to awaken interest, following recent embodied, enactive critiques of computationalist frameworks. We offer here a very brief history of the concept of habit in the form of a genealogical network-map. This serves to provid...

  13. Academic Motivation: Concepts, Strategies, and Counseling Approaches

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    Rowell, Lonnie; Hong, Eunsook

    2013-01-01

    Motivation is an important foundation of academic development in students. This article discusses academic motivation; its various component concepts in areas such as beliefs, goals, and values; and intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. It also presents major, widely studied theoretical perspectives of academic motivation and briefly illustrates…

  14. Academic Motivation: Concepts, Strategies, and Counseling Approaches

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    Rowell, Lonnie; Hong, Eunsook

    2013-01-01

    Motivation is an important foundation of academic development in students. This article discusses academic motivation; its various component concepts in areas such as beliefs, goals, and values; and intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. It also presents major, widely studied theoretical perspectives of academic motivation and briefly illustrates…

  15. Assessing System Thinking through Different Concept-Mapping Practices

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    Brandstadter, Kristina; Harms, Ute; Grossschedl, Jorg

    2012-01-01

    System thinking is usually investigated by using questionnaires, video analysis, or interviews. Recently, concept-mapping (CM) was suggested as an adequate instrument for analysing students' system thinking. However, there are different ways with which to use this method. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine whether particular…

  16. How Concept-Mapping Perception Navigates Student Knowledge Transfer Performance

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    Tseng, Kuo-Hung; Chang, Chi-Cheng; Lou, Shi-Jer; Tan, Yue; Chiu, Chien-Jung

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to investigate students' perception of concept maps as a learning tool where knowledge transfer is the goal. This article includes an evaluation of the learning performance of 42 undergraduate students enrolled in a nanotech course at a university in Taiwan. Canonical correlation and MANOVA analyses were employed to…

  17. Enhancing Collaborative and Meaningful Language Learning Through Concept Mapping

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    Marriott, Rita De Cássia Veiga; Torres, Patrícia Lupion

    This chapter aims to investigate new ways of foreign-language teaching/learning via a study of how concept mapping can help develop a student's reading, writing and oral skills as part of a blended methodology for language teaching known as LAPLI (Laboratorio de Aprendizagem de LInguas: The Language Learning Lab). LAPLI is a student-centred and collaborative methodology which encourages students to challenge their limitations and expand their current knowledge whilst developing their linguistic and interpersonal skills. We explore the theories that underpin LAPLI and detail the 12 activities comprising its programme with specify reference to the use of "concept mapping". An innovative table enabling a formative and summative assessment of the concept maps is formulated. Also presented are some of the qualitative and quantitative results achieved when this methodology was first implemented with a group of pre-service students studying for a degree in English and Portuguese languages at the Catholic University of Parana (PUCPR) in Brazil. The contribution of concept mapping and LAPLI to an under standing of language learning along with a consideration of the difficulties encountered in its implementation with student groups is discussed and suggestions made for future research.

  18. The Facebook Influence Model: A Concept Mapping Approach

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    Kota, Rajitha; Schoohs, Shari; Whitehill, Jennifer M.

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Facebook is a popular social media Web site that has been hypothesized to exert potential influence over users' attitudes, intentions, or behaviors. The purpose of this study was to develop a conceptual framework to explain influential aspects of Facebook. This mixed methods study applied concept mapping methodology, a validated five-step method to visually represent complex topics. The five steps comprise preparation, brainstorming, sort and rank, analysis, and interpretation. College student participants were identified using purposeful sampling. The 80 participants had a mean age of 20.5 years, and included 36% males. A total of 169 statements were generated during brainstorming, and sorted into between 6 and 22 groups. The final concept map included 13 clusters. Interpretation data led to grouping of clusters into four final domains, including connection, comparison, identification, and Facebook as an experience. The Facebook Influence Concept Map illustrates key constructs that contribute to influence, incorporating perspectives of older adolescent Facebook users. While Facebook provides a novel lens through which to consider behavioral influence, it can best be considered in the context of existing behavioral theory. The concept map may be used toward development of potential future intervention efforts. PMID:23621717

  19. The Facebook influence model: a concept mapping approach.

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    Moreno, Megan A; Kota, Rajitha; Schoohs, Shari; Whitehill, Jennifer M

    2013-07-01

    Facebook is a popular social media Web site that has been hypothesized to exert potential influence over users' attitudes, intentions, or behaviors. The purpose of this study was to develop a conceptual framework to explain influential aspects of Facebook. This mixed methods study applied concept mapping methodology, a validated five-step method to visually represent complex topics. The five steps comprise preparation, brainstorming, sort and rank, analysis, and interpretation. College student participants were identified using purposeful sampling. The 80 participants had a mean age of 20.5 years, and included 36% males. A total of 169 statements were generated during brainstorming, and sorted into between 6 and 22 groups. The final concept map included 13 clusters. Interpretation data led to grouping of clusters into four final domains, including connection, comparison, identification, and Facebook as an experience. The Facebook Influence Concept Map illustrates key constructs that contribute to influence, incorporating perspectives of older adolescent Facebook users. While Facebook provides a novel lens through which to consider behavioral influence, it can best be considered in the context of existing behavioral theory. The concept map may be used toward development of potential future intervention efforts. PMID:23621717

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  1. Evolving Aesthetic Maps for a Real Time Strategy Game

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    Lara Cabrera, Raúl; Cotta, Carlos; Antonio J. Fernández Leiva

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a procedural content generator method that have been able to generate aesthetic maps for a real-time strategy game. The maps has been characterized based on several of their properties in order to de ne a similarity function between scenarios. This function has guided a multi-objective evolution strategy during the process of generating and evolving scenarios that are similar to other aesthetic maps while being di erent to a set of non-aesthetic scenarios...

  2. The Impact of Concept Mapping on EFL Learners' Critical Thinking Ability

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    Ebrahim Khodadady; Afsaneh Ghanizadeh

    2011-01-01

    The present study investigated the influence of concept mapping as a post-reading strategy on EFL learners' critical thinking ability. The study utilized a pretest – posttest control and experimental group design. To do so, thirty six EFL learners at upper intermediate and advanced levels were randomly assigned to experimental (n=18) and control (n=18) groups. The results of pretest indicated that the participants of the two groups were homogenous with regard to their proficiency level and cr...

  3. Sets, sequences and mappings the basic concepts of analysis

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    2009-01-01

    Students progressing to advanced calculus are frequently confounded by the dramatic shift from mechanical to theoretical and from concrete to abstract. This text bridges the gap, offering a systematic development of the real number system and careful treatment of mappings, sequences, limits, continuity, and metric spaces.The first five chapters consist of a systematic development of many of the important properties of the real number system, plus detailed treatment of such concepts as mappings, sequences, limits, and continuity. The sixth and final chapter discusses metric spaces and generaliz

  4. Comparing two forms of concept map critique activities to support knowledge integration in biology education.

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    Schwendimann, Beat

    2014-01-01

    Concept map activities often lack a subsequent revision step that facilitates knowledge integration. This study compares two kinds of concept map critique activities embedded in an evolution unit: Student dyads in one group compared their concept maps against an expert map while dyads in the other group conducted a peer-review. Analysis of the concept maps suggests that both treatment groups significantly improved their understanding of evolution. However, the two groups developed different c...

  5. Business Negotiation Strategies: the Concept, Definitions and Process

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The modern business is developing in the context of rapid social and political changes, which contributes to the changes in economic and cultural priorities as well as mindset and behaviour of people. This puts new requirements on development and implementation of business negotiation strategies, aiming to ensure that during bargaining, everything is done to understand the other party and related contexts, to achieve mutual understanding, to reach common agreement and eventually find the optimal negotiating decision. The author of this article researched and analysed negotiation process concepts in the global scientific literature and practice. The article examines negotiation and bargaining concepts. Also, the global analysis of the scientific literature revealed that there is no single negotiation planning concept. The author defines the basic conceptual negotiation planning concepts. The paper deals with negotiation strategy conceptions used by scientists around the world. Conclusions present the proposals for further business negotiation research.Article in Lithuanian

  6. Attaining meaningful learning of concepts in genetics and ecology: An examination of the potency of the concept-mapping technique

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    Okebukola, Peter Akinsola

    Studies have shown that in their study of biology, students perceive genetics and ecology to be difficult areas to learn. This has translated into rote learning of genetics and ecological concepts and reflected in poor performance in tests involving these concepts. Considering the importance of genetics and ecology to man's understanding of himself and his environment, there is a need to inquire into ways of ensuring that students attain meaningful learning of genetics and ecology rather than learning by rote. The efficacy of the concept-mapping strategy was tried out in this study with 138 predegree biology students. The results showed that the 63 students in the experimental group who employed the concept-mapping technique performed significantly better on the test of meaningful learning in genetics, t(136) = 16.01. p < 0.001, and ecology, t(136) = 12.27, p < 0.001, than their control group counterparts (N = 75). The implications of these results for teacher education in biology are addressed in the article.

  7. The Facebook Influence Model: A Concept Mapping Approach

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    MORENO, MEGAN A.; Kota, Rajitha; Schoohs, Shari; Whitehill, Jennifer M.

    2013-01-01

    Facebook is a popular social media Web site that has been hypothesized to exert potential influence over users' attitudes, intentions, or behaviors. The purpose of this study was to develop a conceptual framework to explain influential aspects of Facebook. This mixed methods study applied concept mapping methodology, a validated five-step method to visually represent complex topics. The five steps comprise preparation, brainstorming, sort and rank, analysis, and interpretation. College studen...

  8. Scanning and Mapping Strategies for CMB Experiments

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    Wright, E L

    1996-01-01

    CMB anisotropy experiments seeking to make maps with more pixels than the 6144 pixels used by the COBE DMR need to address the practical issues of the computer time and storage required to make maps. A simple, repetitive scan pattern reduces these requirements but leaves the experiment vulnerable to systematic errors and striping in the maps. In this paper I give a time-ordered method for map-making with one-horned experiments that has reasonable memory and CPU needs but can handle complex COBE-like scans paths and 1/f noise.

  9. Concept mapping as an empowering method to promote learning, thinking, teaching and research

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    Mauri Kalervo Åhlberg

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Results and underpinning of over twenty years of research and development program of concept mapping is presented. Different graphical knowledge presentation tools, especially concept mapping and mind mapping, are compared. There are two main dimensions that differentiate graphical knowledge presentation methods: The first dimension is conceptual explicitness: from mere concepts to flexibly named links and clear propositions in concept maps. The second dimension in the classification system I am suggesting is whether there are pictures or not. Åhlbergʼs and his research groupʼs applications and developments of Novakian concept maps are compared to traditional Novakian concept maps. The main innovations include always using arrowheads to show direction of reading the concept map. Centrality of each concept is estimated from number of links to other concepts. In our empirical research over two decades, number of relevant concepts, and number of relevant propositions in studentsʼ concept maps, have been found to be the best indicators and predictors of meaningful learning. This is used in assessment of learning. Improved concept mapping is presented as a tool to analyze texts. The main innovation is numbering the links to show order of reading the concept map and to make it possible to transform concept map back to the original prose text as closely as possible. In Åhlberg and his research groupʼs research, concept mapping has been tested in all main phases of research, teaching and learning.

  10. Concept Maps as a Research and Evaluation Tool To Assess Conceptual Change in Quantum Physics.

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    Sen, Ahmet Ilhan

    2002-01-01

    Informs teachers about using concept maps as a learning tool and alternative assessment tools in education. Presents research results of how students might use concept maps to communicate their cognitive structure. (Author/KHR)

  11. Mapping Strategy, Structure, Ownership and Performance in European Corporations

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    Iversen, Martin; Colli, Andrea; de Jong, Abe

    2011-01-01

    This paper is the introduction to the Business History special issue on European Business Models. The volume presents results of the international project about mapping European corporations, within the strategy, structure, ownership and performance (SSOP) framework. The paper describes the...

  12. Strategy-oriented display concept to assist severe accident management

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    The Critical Function Monitoring System (CFMS) is a typical Safety Parameter Display System (SPDS) to assist the operation of Korean Standard Nuclear Power Plants during normal and emergency operation, and SPDS for severe accident is being developed in Korea. When the existing CFMS is used under a severe accident situation, some problems are expected from: (1) different design basis, i.e. prevention of core melt vs. protection of radiation release to environment, (2) different parameters for decision-making, and (3) different domain and depth of information to restore the plant. To resolve the above problems, a concept, 'Strategy-Oriented Information Display' concept, for displaying information for severe accident management is developed in this paper. Whereas the existing SPDS structure is based on the critical safety function, the developed concept is based on the severe accident management strategy. The display for each strategy includes the plant parameters to check the status of plant and component with the logical or graphical views necessary for executing the strategy. As the application of the proposed concept, KAERI is developing a display system, the prototype severe accident SPDS, Severe Accident Management Display System (SAMDIS), to assist plant personnel for executing Korean Severe Accident Management Guidelines. CFMS is developed for a general display suitable to all situations with various displays. On the contrary, SAMDIS provides all the relevant information on one screen based on the proposed concept. The SAMDIS screen shows more extensive area than CFMS and thus plant personnel can recognize the overall plant status at a glance. This concept is quite effective when used with severe accident management guidelines because of the relatively macroscopic characteristics of a severe accident management strategy. (author)

  13. The Spanish indoor radon mapping strategy

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    Indoor radon mapping still represents a valuable tool for drawing the picture of the exposure of general public due to radon and radon progeny inhalation in a residential context. The information provided by means of a map is useful not only as awareness and strategic element for authorities and policy-makers, but also as a scientific start-up point in the design of epidemiological and other specific studies on exposure to natural radiation. The requirements for a good mapping are related to harmonisation criteria coming from European recommendations, as well as to national/local characteristics and necessities. Around 12 000 indoor radon measurements have been made since the Spanish national radon programme began at the end of the 1980's. A significant proportion of them resulted from the last campaign performed from 2009 to 12. This campaign completed the first version of a map based on a grid 10 x 10 km2. In this paper, the authors present the main results of a new map together with the criteria adopted to improve the number of measurements and the statistical significance of them. (authors)

  14. Concept Map Structure, Gender and Teaching Methods: An Investigation of Students' Science Learning

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    Gerstner, Sabine; Bogner, Franz X.

    2009-01-01

    Background: This study deals with the application of concept mapping to the teaching and learning of a science topic with secondary school students in Germany. Purpose: The main research questions were: (1) Do different teaching approaches affect concept map structure or students' learning success? (2) Is the structure of concept maps influenced…

  15. Ethnographic Interventions: A Strategy and Experiments in Mapping Sociospatial Practices

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    Mounajjed, Nadia; Peng, Chengzhi; Walker, Stephen

    2007-01-01

    A growing awareness exists of the possibilities of architectural research adopting working methods used by artists. Many artists have adapted ethnographic methodologies to map site specificity and issues related to community and sociospatial practices. This paper draws on related examples of art practice to formulate a specific research strategy: ethnographic intervention. Ethnographic intervention has three characteristics: (a) ethnographic mapping of spatial practices on site...

  16. The use of concept maps for knowledge management: from classrooms to research labs.

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    Correia, Paulo Rogério Miranda

    2012-02-01

    Our contemporary society asks for new strategies to manage knowledge. The main activities developed by academics involve knowledge transmission (teaching) and production (research). Creativity and collaboration are valuable assets for establishing learning organizations in classrooms and research labs. Concept mapping is a useful graphical technique to foster some of the disciplines required to create and develop high-performance teams. The need for a linking phrase to clearly state conceptual relationships makes concept maps (Cmaps) very useful for organizing our own ideas (externalization), as well as, sharing them with other people (elicitation and consensus building). The collaborative knowledge construction (CKC) is supported by Cmaps because they improve the communication signal-to-noise ratio among participants with high information asymmetry. In other words, we can identify knowledge gaps and insightful ideas in our own Cmaps when discussing them with our counterparts. Collaboration involving low and high information asymmetry can also be explored through peer review and student-professor/advisor interactions, respectively. In conclusion, when it is used properly, concept mapping can provide a competitive advantage to produce and share knowledge in our contemporary society. To map is to know, as stated by Wandersee in 1990. PMID:22278075

  17. Understanding Electrochemistry Concepts Using the Predict-Observe-Explain Strategy

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    Karamustafaoglu, Sevilay; Mamlok-Naaman, Rachel

    2015-01-01

    The current study deals with freshman students who study at the Department of Science at the Faculty of Education. The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of teaching electrochemistry concepts using Predict-Observe-Explain (POE) strategy. The study was quasi-experimental design using 20 students each in the experimental group (EG) and…

  18. Male Learners' Vocabulary Achievement through Concept Mapping and Mind Mapping: Differences and Similarities

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    Tarkashvand, Zahra

    2015-01-01

    While learning English plays an essential role in today's life, vocabulary achievement is helpful to overcome the difficulties of commanding the language. Drawing on data from three months experimental work, this article explores how two mapping strategies affect the learning vocabularies in EFL male learners. While females were studied before,…

  19. Concept Mapping as a Learning Tool for the Employment Relations Degree

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    Martinez-Canas, Ricardo; Ruiz-Palomino, Pablo

    2011-01-01

    Concept mapping is a technique to represent relationships between concepts that can help students to improve their meaningful learning. Using the cognitive theories proposed by Ausubel (1968), concept maps can help instructors and students to enhance their logical thinking and study skills by revealing connections among concepts that can simplify…

  20. A phenomenographic case study: Concept maps from the perspectives of middle school students

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    Saglam, Yilmaz

    The objective of this study was to investigate the experiences of middle school students when concept maps were used as a learning tool. Twenty-nine students' written responses, concept maps and videotapes were analyzed. Out of 29 students, thirteen students were interviewed using a semi-structured and open-ended interview protocol. The students' initial written responses provided us with the students' initial reactions to concept maps. The videotapes captured the students' behavior, and interpersonal interactions. The interviews probed students': (1) knowledge about drawing concept maps, (2) perception of the meaning and usefulness of concept maps, and (3) attitudes towards concept maps. The results indicated that the students viewed concept maps as useful tools in learning science. They believed that concept maps organized and summarized the information, which thereby helped them understand the topic easily. They also believed that concept maps had some cognitive benefits. However, the students viewed concept maps as hard to construct because it was difficult for the students to think of related concepts. The students' initial written responses, interviews and videotapes indicated that the students seemed to see both positive and negative aspects of concept maps. Some students' had more positive and some had more negative attitudes.

  1. Concept maps and the meaningful learning of science

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    José Antonio C. S. Valadares

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The foundations of the Meaningful Learning Theory (MLT were laid by David Ausubel. The MLT was highly valued by the contributions of Joseph Novak and D. B. Gowin. Unlike other learning theories, the MLT has an operational component, since there are some instruments based on it and with the meaningful learning facilitation as aim. These tools were designated graphic organizers by John Trowbridge and James Wandersee (2000, pp. 100-129. One of them is the concept map created by Novak to extract meanings from an amalgam of information, having currently many applications. The other one is the Vee diagram or knowledge Vee, also called epistemological Vee or heuristic Vee. It was created by Gowin, and is an excellent organizer, for example to unpack and make transparent the unclear information from an information source. Both instruments help us in processing and becoming conceptually transparent the information, to facilitate the cognitive process of new meanings construction. In this work, after a brief introduction, it will be developed the epistemological and psychological grounds of MLT, followed by a reference to constructivist learning environments facilitators of the meaningful learning, the characterization of concept maps and exemplification of its use in various applications that have proved to be very effective from the standpoint of meaningful learning.

  2. Digital soil mapping: strategy for data pre-processing

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    Alexandre ten Caten

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The region of greatest variability on soil maps is along the edge of their polygons, causing disagreement among pedologists about the appropriate description of soil classes at these locations. The objective of this work was to propose a strategy for data pre-processing applied to digital soil mapping (DSM. Soil polygons on a training map were shrunk by 100 and 160 m. This strategy prevented the use of covariates located near the edge of the soil classes for the Decision Tree (DT models. Three DT models derived from eight predictive covariates, related to relief and organism factors sampled on the original polygons of a soil map and on polygons shrunk by 100 and 160 m were used to predict soil classes. The DT model derived from observations 160 m away from the edge of the polygons on the original map is less complex and has a better predictive performance.

  3. Mediated Learning Experience and Concept Maps: A Pedagogical Tool for Achieving Meaningful Learning in Medical Physiology Students

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    Gonzalez, Hilda Leonor; Palencia, Alberto Pardo; Umana, Luis Alfredo; Galindo, Leonor; Villafrade M., Luz Adriana

    2008-01-01

    Even though comprehension of human physiology is crucial in the clinical setting, students frequently learn part of this subject using rote memory and then are unable to transfer knowledge to other contexts or to solve clinical problems. This study evaluated the impact of articulating the concept map strategy with the mediated learning experience…

  4. Requirements and design concept for a facility mapping system

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    The Department of Energy (DOE) has for some time been considering the Decontamination and Dismantlement (D ampersand D) of facilities which are no longer in use, but which are highly contaminated with radioactive wastes. One of the holdups in performing the D ampersand D task is the accumulation of accurate facility characterizations that can enable a safe and orderly cleanup process. According to the Technical Strategic Plan for the Decontamination and Decommissioning Integrated Demonstration, open-quotes the cost of characterization using current baseline technologies for approximately 100 acres of gaseous diffusion plant at Oak Ridge alone is, for the most part incalculableclose quotes. Automated, robotic techniques will be necessary for initial characterization and continued surveillance of these types of sites. Robotic systems are being designed and constructed to accomplish these tasks. This paper describes requirements and design concepts for a system to accurately map a facility contaminated with hazardous wastes. Some of the technologies involved in the Facility Mapping System are: remote characterization with teleoperated, sensor-based systems, fusion of data sets from multiple characterization systems, and object recognition from 3D data models. This Facility Mapping System is being assembled by Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the DOE Office of Technology Development Robotics Technology Development Program

  5. Nuclear data strategies for mapping the cosmos

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    Significant advances are being made in understanding the structure of nuclei, especially those far from stability. The information from many such studies is vital to solving some important puzzles in astrophysics, such as the origin of the elements and the evolution of stars. However, dedicated efforts in data compilation, evaluation, dissemination, and coordination are needed to ensure that the latest nuclear measurements and theoretical calculations can be effectively utilized for astrophysics studies. A number of nuclear data strategies for astrophysics are presented

  6. Mapping What They Know: Concept Maps as an Effective Tool for Assessing Students’ Systems Thinking

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    Jaklin Tripto; Orit Ben-Zvi Assaraf; Miriam Amit

    2013-01-01

    In 2006 anew biology curriculum called “Human Biology: Emphasizing the Role of Homeostasis” was introduced into the Israeli high school system. Complex systems like those that make up the human body have become increasingly important as a focus of high school education. This study examines the effectiveness of the concept map as a assessment tool for students’ systems thinking, a tool that provides researchers with a detailed picture of the systems thinking development taking place within in...

  7. Expert Opinions on Improving Femicide Data Collection across Europe: A Concept Mapping Study

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    Vives-Cases, Carmen; Goicolea, Isabel; Hernández, Alison; Sanz-Barbero, Belen; Gill, Aisha K.; Baldry, Anna Costanza; Schröttle, Monika; Stoeckl, Heidi

    2016-01-01

    Femicide, defined as the killings of females by males because they are females, is becoming recognized worldwide as an important ongoing manifestation of gender inequality. Despite its high prevalence or widespread prevalence, only a few countries have specific registries about this issue. This study aims to assemble expert opinion regarding the strategies which might feasibly be employed to promote, develop and implement an integrated and differentiated femicide data collection system in Europe at both the national and international levels. Concept mapping methodology was followed, involving 28 experts from 16 countries in generating strategies, sorting and rating them with respect to relevance and feasibility. The experts involved were all members of the EU-Cost-Action on femicide, which is a scientific network of experts on femicide and violence against women across Europe. As a result, a conceptual map emerged, consisting of 69 strategies organized in 10 clusters, which fit into two domains: “Political action” and “Technical steps”. There was consensus among participants regarding the high relevance of strategies to institutionalize national databases and raise public awareness through different stakeholders, while strategies to promote media involvement were identified as the most feasible. Differences in perceived priorities according to the level of human development index of the experts’ countries were also observed. PMID:26859885

  8. The effect of concept mapping on clinical decision making skills of ICU nurses

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    Fakhri Dokht Akbari

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Concept mapping is an innovative tool that would help hospital educators and nurses to promote their knowledge and clinical decision making skills. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of concept mapping on clinical decision making skills of nurses working in the intensive care unit (ICU. Methods: The quasi-experimental, non-equivalent control group, pretest-posttest design was conducted among baccalaureate nurses working in an intensive care unit. Forty two nurses were recruited and data gathering was performed through a self-administered questionnaire. Statistical analysis was conducted by SPSS software package version 16.0. Results: Despite the significant difference between the mean pre-, post- and retention test scores (P<0.001, there was no significant correlation between these results and the nurses’ gender. A negative significant association was found between age and improved post test scores (P=0.02. Work experience had a significant positive effect on post test score improvement (P<0.001. Conclusion: This study revealed that the concept mapping strategy had a significant effect on the clinical decision making skills of nurses. However, further research on a larger sample size is recommended to confirm the results.

  9. Concept of marketing communication strategy of the firm ESAB

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    Faltysová, Veronika

    2010-01-01

    I concerned with concept of marketing communication strategy from the point of view of firm's participation in trade fair. Theoretic part includes introduction to opportunities of marketing and marketing communication and defines meaning of trade fair within communication mix. Practical part describes preparing and presentation of the firm ESAB in trade fair, further I evaluate efficiency and success of the participation in trade fair which is based on my own experience and available data and...

  10. Comprehensive Review on Divisible Load Theory: Concepts, Strategies, and Approaches

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    Shamsollah Ghanbari; Mohamed Othman

    2014-01-01

    There is extensive literature concerning the divisible load theory. The divisible load theory is mainly applied for scheduling in the area of distributed computing. It is based on the fact that the load can be divided into some arbitrarily independent parts, in which each part can be processed independently by a processor. This paper reviews the literature concerning the divisible load theory, while focusing on the details of the basic concepts, approaches, strategies, typologies, and open pr...

  11. Use of Technology-Assisted Techniques of Mind Mapping and Concept Mapping in Science Education: A Constructivist Study

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    Balim, Ali Günay

    2013-01-01

    The study aims to investigate the effects of using mind maps and concept maps on students' learning of concepts in science courses. A total of 51 students participated in this study which used a quasi-experimental research design with pre-test/post-test control groups. The constructivist-inspired study was carried out in the sixth-grade…

  12. Research on the Approach of Automatic Construct Concept Maps from Online Course

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    Zhu Ke

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Concept map is a tool for representing knowledge. They have been used in many different fields, including knowledge management, business and industrial design. Concept maps also have been used as an effective learning tool to help students integrate new concepts into their existing set of knowledge. In this study we propose a concept map construction and rule-based evaluation system that is being deployed on the web. After students learned course content to construct individual concept maps for a particular topic that was presented in a course, they can then use the rule-based evaluation system to grade their concept maps against the concept map created by the course instructor. They are also useful for evaluating student learning and helping to illuminate where learning has mastered and where invalid or incomplete ideas are held by the student.

  13. Ethnographic Interventions: A Strategy And Experiments In Mapping Sociospatial Practices

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    Nadia Mounajjed; Chengzhi Peng; Stephen Walker

    2007-01-01

    A growing awareness exists of the possibilities of architectural research adopting working methods used by artists. Many artists have adapted ethnographic methodologies to map site specificity and issues related to community and sociospatial practices. This paper draws on related examples of art practice to formulate a specific research strategy: ethnographic intervention. Ethnographic intervention has three characteristics: (a) ethnographic mapping of spatial practices on site, (b) the po...

  14. Learning the Attachment Theory with the CM-ED Concept Map Editor

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    Rueda, U.; Arruarte, A.; Elorriaga, J. A.; Herran, E.

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents a study carried out at the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU with the aim of evaluating the CM-ED (concept map editor) with social education students. Concept mapping is a widely accepted technique that promotes meaningful learning. Graphically representing concepts of the learning domain and relationships between them…

  15. Qualidade conjugal: mapeando conceitos / Marital quality: mapping out concepts

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    Clarisse, Mosmann; Adriana, Wagner; Terezinha, Féres-Carneiro.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Apesar da ampla utilização do conceito de qualidade conjugal, identifica-se falta de clareza conceitual acerca das variáveis que o compõem. Esse artigo apresenta revisão da literatura na área com o objetivo de mapear o conceito de qualidade conjugal. Foram analisadas sete principais teorias sobre o [...] tema: Troca Social, Comportamental, Apego, Teoria da Crise, Interacionismo Simbólico. Pelos postulados propostos nas diferentes teorias, podem-se identificar três grupos de variáveis fundamentais na definição da qualidade conjugal: recursos pessoais dos cônjuges, contexto de inserção do casal e processos adaptativos. Neste sentido, a qualidade conjugal é resultado do processo dinâmico e interativo do casal, razão deste caráter multidimensional. Abstract in english Despite the wide use of marital quality concept, it is identified a lack of variables conceptual clarity. This article presents an area literature review with the objective of mapping out the conjugal concept. Seven theories about this subject were analysed: Social Exchange Theory, Behaviourist Theo [...] ry, Attachment Theory, Crisis Theory, Simbolic Interactionism Theory, Family Systems Theory, Adaptation of Vulnerability to Stress Model. It is possible to identify three groups of variables in the definition of conjugal quality: spouses personal resources, context in which the couple is inserted, adapting processes. Hence, conjugal quality is the result of couple dynamic and interactive process, consequence of a multidimensional character.

  16. A genealogical map of the concept of habit

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    Xabier E Barandiaran

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The notion of information processing has dominated the study of the mind for over six decades. However, before the advent of cognitivism, one of the most prominent theoretical ideas was that of Habit. This is a concept with a rich and complex history, which is again starting to awaken interest, following recent embodied, enactive critiques of computationalist frameworks. We offer here a very brief history of the concept of habit in the form of a genealogical network-map. This serves to provide an overview of the richness of this notion and as a guide for further re-appraisal. We identify 77 thinkers and their influences, and group them into seven schools of thought. Two major trends can be distinguished. One is the associationist trend, starting with the work of Locke and Hume, developed by Hartley, Bain and Mill to be later absorbed into behaviourism through pioneering animal psychologists (Morgan and Thorndike. This tradition conceived of habits atomistically and as automatisms (a conception later debunked by cognitivism. Another historical trend we have called organicism inherits the legacy of Aristotle and develops along German idealism, French spiritualism, pragmatism, and phenomenology. It feeds into the work of continental psychologists in the early 20th century, influencing important figures such as Merleau-Ponty, Piaget, and Gibson. But it has not yet been taken up by mainstream cognitive neuroscience and psychology. Habits, in this tradition, are seen as ecological, self-organizing structures that relate to a web of predispositions and plastic dependencies both in the agent and in the environment. In addition, they are not conceptualized in opposition to rational, volitional processes, but as transversing a continuum from reflective to embodied intentionality. These are properties that make habit a particularly attractive idea for embodied, enactive perspectives, which can now re-evaluate it in light of dynamical systems theory and complexity research.

  17. A genealogical map of the concept of habit.

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    Barandiaran, Xabier E; Di Paolo, Ezequiel A

    2014-01-01

    The notion of information processing has dominated the study of the mind for over six decades. However, before the advent of cognitivism, one of the most prominent theoretical ideas was that of Habit. This is a concept with a rich and complex history, which is again starting to awaken interest, following recent embodied, enactive critiques of computationalist frameworks. We offer here a very brief history of the concept of habit in the form of a genealogical network-map. This serves to provide an overview of the richness of this notion and as a guide for further re-appraisal. We identify 77 thinkers and their influences, and group them into seven schools of thought. Two major trends can be distinguished. One is the associationist trend, starting with the work of Locke and Hume, developed by Hartley, Bain, and Mill to be later absorbed into behaviorism through pioneering animal psychologists (Morgan and Thorndike). This tradition conceived of habits atomistically and as automatisms (a conception later debunked by cognitivism). Another historical trend we have called organicism inherits the legacy of Aristotle and develops along German idealism, French spiritualism, pragmatism, and phenomenology. It feeds into the work of continental psychologists in the early 20th century, influencing important figures such as Merleau-Ponty, Piaget, and Gibson. But it has not yet been taken up by mainstream cognitive neuroscience and psychology. Habits, in this tradition, are seen as ecological, self-organizing structures that relate to a web of predispositions and plastic dependencies both in the agent and in the environment. In addition, they are not conceptualized in opposition to rational, volitional processes, but as transversing a continuum from reflective to embodied intentionality. These are properties that make habit a particularly attractive idea for embodied, enactive perspectives, which can now re-evaluate it in light of dynamical systems theory and complexity research. PMID:25100971

  18. Mapping biological ideas: Concept maps as knowledge integration tools for evolution education

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    Schwendimann, Beat Adrian

    Many students leave school with a fragmented understanding of biology that does not allow them to connect their ideas to their everyday lives (Wandersee, 1989; Mintzes, Wandersee, & Novak, 1998; Mintzes, Wandersee, & Novak, 2000a). Understanding evolution ideas is seen as central to building an integrated knowledge of biology (Blackwell, Powell, & Dukes, 2003; Thagard & Findlay, 2010). However, the theory of evolution has been found difficult to understand as it incorporates a wide range of ideas from different areas (Bahar et al., 1999; Tsui & Treagust, 2003) and multiple interacting levels (Wilensky & Resnick, 1999; Duncan & Reiser, 2007; Hmelo-Silver et al., 2007). Research suggests that learners can hold a rich repertoire of co-existing alternative ideas of evolution (for example, Bishop & Anderson, 1990; Demastes, Good, & Peebles, 1996; Evans, 2008), especially of human evolution (for example, Nelson, 1986; Sinatra et al., 2003; Poling & Evans, 2004). Evolution ideas are difficult to understand because they often contradict existing alternative ideas (Mayr, 1982; Wolpert, 1994; Evans, 2008). Research suggests that understanding human evolution is a key to evolution education (for example, Blackwell et al., 2003; Besterman & Baggott la Velle, 2007). This dissertation research investigates how different concept mapping forms embedded in a collaborative technology-enhanced learning environment can support students' integration of evolution ideas using case studies of human evolution. Knowledge Integration (KI) (Linn et al., 2000; Linn et al., 2004) is used as the operational framework to explore concept maps as knowledge integration tools to elicit, add, critically distinguish, group, connect, and sort out alternative evolution ideas. Concept maps are a form of node-link diagram for organizing and representing connections between ideas as a semantic network (Novak & Gowin, 1984). This dissertation research describes the iterative development of a novel biology-specific form of concept map, called Knowledge Integration Map (KIM), which aims to help learners connect ideas across levels (for example, genotype and phenotype levels) towards an integrated understanding of evolution. Using a design-based research approach (Brown, 1992; Cobb et al., 2003), three iterative studies were implemented in ethically and economically diverse public high schools classrooms using the web-based inquiry science environment (WISE) (Linn et al., 2003; Linn et al., 2004). Study 1 investigates concept maps as generative assessment tools. Study 1A compares the concept map generation and critique process of biology novices and experts. Findings suggest that concept maps are sensitive to different levels of knowledge integration but require scaffolding and revision. Study 1B investigates the implementation of concept maps as summative assessment tools in a WISE evolution module. Results indicate that concept maps can reveal connections between students' alternative ideas of evolution. Study 2 introduces KIMs as embedded collaborative learning tools. After generating KIMs, student dyads revise KIMs through two different critique activities (comparison against an expert or peer generated KIM). Findings indicate that different critique activities can promote the use of different criteria for critique. Results suggest that the combination of generating and critiquing KIMs can support integrating evolution ideas but can be time-consuming. As time in biology classrooms is limited, study 3 distinguishes the learning effects from either generating or critiquing KIMs as more time efficient embedded learning tools. Findings suggest that critiquing KIMs can be more time efficient than generating KIMs. Using KIMs that include common alternative ideas for critique activities can create genuine opportunities for students to critically reflect on new and existing ideas. Critiquing KIMs can encourage knowledge integration by fostering self-monitoring of students' learning progress, identifying knowledge gaps, and distinguishing alternative evolution ideas. This dissertation research demonstrates that science instruction of complex topics, such as human evolution, can succeed through a combination of scaffolded inquiry activities using dynamic visualizations, explanation activities, and collaborative KIM activities. This research contributes to educational research and practice by describing ways to make KIMs effective and time efficient learning tools for evolution education. Supporting students' building of a more coherent understanding of core ideas of biology can foster their life-long interest and learning of science.

  19. Concept maps as versatile tools to integrate complex ideas: From kindergarten to higher and professional education

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    Full Text Available Knowledge is getting increasingly more complex. Learners, from Kindergarten to higher education, require powerful tools to connect complex ideas. This paper explores the range of studies that investigated concept maps as learning, metacognitive, collaborative, and assessment tools to support integrating complex ideas. Research suggests that concept maps can be successfully implemented in a wide variety of settings, from K12 to higher and professional education. However, the effectiveness of concept maps depends on different factors, such as concept map training and choosing a suitable form of concept map to match the task and learner. Developing proficiency in concept mapping takes time and practice and should not be first introduced in higher education. Concept map training could start as early as Kindergarten and include concept map generation, interpretation, and revision. This paper concludes that, if implemented thoughtfully, concept maps can be versatile tools to support knowledge integration processes towards a deeper understanding of the relations and structures of complex ideas and facilitate life-long learning.

  20. UltraColor: a new gamut-mapping strategy

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    Spaulding, Kevin E.; Ellson, Richard N.; Sullivan, James R.

    1995-04-01

    Many color calibration and enhancement strategies exist for digital systems. Typically, these approaches are optimized to work well with one class of images, but may produce unsatisfactory results for other types of images. For example, a colorimetric strategy may work well when printing photographic scenes, but may give inferior results for business graphic images because of device color gamut limitations. On the other hand, a color enhancement strategy that works well for business graphics images may distort the color reproduction of skintones and other important photographic colors. This paper describes a method for specifying different color mapping strategies in various regions of color space, while providing a mechanism for smooth transitions between the different regions. The method involves a two step process: (1) constraints are applied so some subset of the points in the input color space explicitly specifying the color mapping function; (2) the color mapping for the remainder of the color values is then determined using an interpolation algorithm that preserves continuity and smoothness. The interpolation algorithm that was developed is based on a computer graphics morphing technique. This method was used to develop the UltraColor gamut mapping strategy, which combines a colorimetric mapping for colors with low saturation levels, with a color enhancement technique for colors with high saturation levels. The result is a single color transformation that produces superior quality for all classes of imagery. UltraColor has been incorporated in several models of Kodak printers including the Kodak ColorEase PS and the Kodak XLS 8600 PS thermal dye sublimation printers.

  1. The Effects of Using Concept Mapping for Improving Advanced Level Biology Students' Lower- and Higher-Order Cognitive Skills

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    Bramwell-Lalor, Sharon; Rainford, Marcia

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports on teachers' use of concept mapping as an alternative assessment strategy in advanced level biology classes and its effects on students' cognitive skills on selected biology concepts. Using a mixed methods approach, the study employed a pre-test/post-test quasi-experimental design involving 156 students and 8 teachers…

  2. Inception horizon concept as a basis for sinkhole hazard mapping

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    Vouillamoz, J.; Jeannin, P.-Y.; Kopp, L.; Chantry, R.

    2012-04-01

    The office for natural hazards of the Vaud canton (Switzerland) is interested for a pragmatic approach to map sinkhole hazard in karst areas. A team was created by merging resources from a geoengineering company (CSD) and a karst specialist (SISKA). Large areas in Vaud territory are limestone karst in which the collapse hazard is essentially related to the collapse of soft-rocks covering underground cavities, rather than the collapse of limestone roofs or underground chambers. This statement is probably not valid for cases in gypsum and salt. Thus, for limestone areas, zones of highest danger are voids covered by a thin layer of soft-sediments. The spatial distributions of void and cover-thickness should therefore be used for the hazard assessment. VOID ASSESSMENT Inception features (IF) are millimetre to decimetre thick planes (mainly bedding but also fractures) showing a mineralogical, a granulometrical or a physical contrast with the surrounding formation that make them especially susceptible to karst development (FILIPPONI ET AL., 2009). The analysis of more than 1500 km of cave passage showed that karst conduits are mainly developed along such discrete layers within a limestone series. The so-called Karst-ALEA method (FILIPPONI ET AL., 2011) is based on this concept and aims at assessing the probability of karst conduit occurrences in the drilling of a tunnel. This approach requires as entries the identification of inception features (IF), the recognition of paleo-water-table (PWT), and their respective spatial distribution in a 3D geological model. We suggest the Karst-ALEA method to be adjusted in order to assess the void distribution in subsurface as a basis for sinkhole hazard mapping. Inception features (horizons or fractures) and paleo-water-tables (PWT) have to be first identified using visible caves and dolines. These features should then be introduced into a 3D geological model. Intersections of HI and PWT located close to landsurface are areas with a high probability of karst occurrence. ASSESSMENT OF THE SOFT-SEDIMENT COVER Classical geological investigations (mapping, DEM analysis, drilling, etc.) are used to establish a map of the thickness of soft-sediment on top of the limestone. This can also be included in the 3D model. The combination of the void and soft-sediment information in the 3D model makes it possible to derive the sinkhole hazard map. This is currently being developed and applied in the Vaud canton and first results will be presented. BIBLIOGRAPHY FILIPPONI, M., JEANNIN, P. & TACHER, L. (2009): Evidence of inception horizons in karst conduit networks. Geomorphology, 106, 86-99. FILIPPONI, M., SCHMASSMANN, S., JEANNIN, P. Y. & PARRIAUX, A. (2011): Karst - ALEA - Method a risk assessment method of karst for tunnel projects: Application to the Tunnel of Flims (GR, Switzerland). Proc. 9th conference on limestone hydrogeology. Besançon, France. p. 181-184.

  3. Mediated learning experience and concept maps: a pedagogical tool for achieving meaningful learning in medical physiology students.

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    González, Hilda Leonor; Palencia, Alberto Pardo; Umaña, Luis Alfredo; Galindo, Leonor; Villafrade M, Luz Adriana

    2008-12-01

    Even though comprehension of human physiology is crucial in the clinical setting, students frequently learn part of this subject using rote memory and then are unable to transfer knowledge to other contexts or to solve clinical problems. This study evaluated the impact of articulating the concept map strategy with the mediated learning experience on meaningful learning during the cardiovascular module of a medical physiology course at Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga. This research was based on the ideas of David Ausubel (meaningful learning), Joseph Novak (concept maps), and Reuven Feuerstein (mediated learning experience). Students were randomly allocated to either an intervention group (mediated learning experience articulated with concept mapping) or a control group (traditional methodology). The intervention group constructed concept maps related to cardiovascular physiology and used them to solve problems related to this subject. The control group attended traditional discussion sessions and problem-solving sessions. All students were evaluated with two types of exams: problem-solving and multiple-choice exams. The intervention group performed significantly better on the problem-solving exams, but the difference was not significant in the multiple-choice exam. It was concluded that intervention promoted meaningful learning that allowed the students to transfer this knowledge to solve problems. The implemented strategy had a greater impact on the students who came into the study with the lowest cognitive competence, possibly because they were empowered by the intervention. PMID:19047509

  4. Exploring the Mobile Structural Assessment Tool: Concept Maps for Learning Website

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    MEHMET FILIZ

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we describe how the pathfinder algorithm converts relatedness ratings of concept pairs to concept maps; we also present how this algorithm has been used to develop the Concept Maps for Learning website (\\url{http://www.conceptmapsforlearning.com} based on the principles of effective formative assessment. The pathfinder networks, one of the network representation tools, claim to help more students memorize and recall the relations between concepts than spatial representation tools (such as Multi-Dimensional Scaling. Therefore, the pathfinder networks have been used in various studies on knowledge structures, including identifying students misconceptions. To accomplish this, each students knowledge map and the expert knowledge map are compared via the pathfinder software, and the differences between these maps are highlighted. After misconceptions are identified, the pathfinder software fails to provide any feedback on these misconceptions. To overcome this weakness, we have been developing a mobile-based concept mapping tool providing visual, textual and remedial feedback (ex. videos, website links and applets on the concept relations. This information is then placed on the expert concept map, but not on the students concept map. Additionally, students are asked to note what they understand from given feedback, and given the opportunity to revise their knowledge maps after receiving various types of feedback.

  5. Cómo la estrategia de mapas mentales y conceptuales estimulan el desarrollo de la inteligencia espacial en estudiantes universitarios / How does mind and concept mapping strategy stimulate spatial intelligence development among university students / Como a estratégia de mapas mentais e Conceituais estimula o desenvolvimento da inteligência espacial em estudantes universitários

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    Bertha Marlén, Velásquez Burgos; Aida Ximena, León Guatame.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo explicita os resultados do projeto de pesquisa intitulado «Como a estratégia de mapas mentais e conceituais estimula o desenvolvimento da inteligência visual-espacial em estudantes universitários?», desenvolvido de acordo com os marcos da teoria das inteligências Múltiplas de Gardn [...] er e do trabalho realizado por novak e Buzán sobre mapas conceituais e mentais. Os resultados da pesquisa evidenciam que o uso dessa estratégia constitui uma ferramenta que potencializa a inteligência visual Espacial na medida em que estimula: a criação de imagens com o fim de explicar uma idéia; o desenvolvimento da memória visual para executar e recriar percepções anteriores; o aperfeiçoamento do sentido artístico e estético; a prática para o controle motor fino; a prática da arte visual pela retenção de objetos, figuras, cores, proporção e perspectiva - entre outras habilidades centrais que caracterizam esse tipo de inteligência. Abstract in spanish El presente artículo explicita los resultados del proyecto de investigación titulado ¿Cómo la estrategia de mapas mentales y conceptuales estimulan el desarrollo de la inteligencia visual-espacial en estudiantes de la universidad? desarrollado en el marco de la teoría de las inteligencias Múltiples [...] de Gardner, así como en el trabajo realizado por novak y Buzán en torno de los mapas conceptuales y mentales. El resultado de la investigación evidencia que el uso de esta estrategia se constituye en herramienta que potencian la inteligencia visual-espacial, por cuanto estimulan: la creación de imágenes con el fin de explicar una idea; el desarrollo de la memoria visual para ejecutar y recrear percepciones anteriores; el perfeccionamiento del sentido artístico y estético; la práctica para controlar el movimiento motor fino; la práctica del arte visual, por cuanto hay retención de objetos, figuras, colores, proporción y perspectiva; entre otras habilidades centrales que caracterizan este tipo de inteligencia. Abstract in english This paper makes explicit the results of the research project entitled how does mind and concept mapping strategy stimulate visual-spatial intelligence development among university students?, which was developed in the framework of both Gardner's theory of Multiple intelligences and the work by nova [...] k and Buzán around concept and mind maps. Results of research evidence that using this strategy makes up a tool leveraging visualspatial intelligence, since it stimulates: the creation of images arranged so as to explain an idea; the development of visual memory to execute and recreate earlier perceptions; the improvement of artistic and aesthetic sense; a practice to control fine motor movement; a practice of visual art, since there is object, figure, color, proportion and perspective retention, among other central abilities characterising this intelligence.

  6. Analysis of the psychometric properties of two different concept-map assessment tasks

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    Plummer, Kenneth James

    The ability to make sense of a wide array of stimuli presupposes the human tendency to organize information in a meaningful way. Efforts to assess the degree to which students organize information meaningfully have been hampered by several factors including the idiosyncratic way in which individuals represent their knowledge either with words or visually. Concept maps have been used as tools by researchers and educators alike to assist students in understanding the conceptual interrelationships within a subject domain. One concept-map assessment in particular known as the construct-a-map task has shown great promise in facilitating reliable and valid inferences from student concept-map ratings. With all of its promise, however, the construct-a-map task is burdened with several rating difficulties. One challenge in particular is that no published rubric has been developed that accounts for the degree to which individual propositions are important to an understanding of the overall topic or theme of the map. This study represents an attempt to examine the psychometric properties of two construct-a-map tasks designed to overcome in part this rating difficulty. The reliability of the concept-map ratings was calculated using a person-by-rater-by-occasion fully crossed design. This design made it possible to use generalizability theory to identify and estimate the variance in the ratings contributed by the three factors mentioned, the interaction effects, and unexplained error. The criterion validity of the concept-map ratings was examined by computing Pearson correlations between concept-map and essay ratings and concept-map and interview transcript ratings. The generalizability coefficients for student mean ratings were moderate to very high: .73 and .94 for the first concept-mapping task and .74 and .87 for the second concept-mapping task. A relatively large percentage of the rating variability was contributed by the object of measurement. Both tasks correlated highly with essay and interview ratings: .62 to .81.

  7. The Influence of Concept Mapping on Achievement, Self-Regulation, and Self-Efficacy in Students of English as a Second Language

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    Chularut, Pasana; DeBacker, Teresa K.

    2004-01-01

    This study investigated the effectiveness of concept mapping used as a learning strategy with students in English as a Second Language classrooms. Seventy-nine ESL students participated in the study. Variables of interest were students' achievement when learning from English-language text, students' reported use of self-regulation strategies…

  8. Neighbourhood Analysis to Foster Meaningful Learning Using Concept Mapping in Science Education

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    Correia, P. R. M.; Cicuto, C. A. T.

    2014-01-01

    One critical aspect that hinders the systematic use of concept mapping in everyday classrooms is the difficulty of providing high-quality feedback to students so as to keep improving and revising their concept maps (Cmaps). The development of an innovative way to analyse, at a glance, students' Cmaps is presented to allow a diagnostic…

  9. Best Practices in Educational Psychology: Using Evolving Concept Maps as Instructional and Assessment Tools

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    Buehl, Michelle M.; Fives, Helenrose

    2011-01-01

    We describe the implementation of evolving concept maps in two different graduate-level educational psychology courses: "The Adolescent Learner" and "Theories of Learning and Cognition." We provide an explicit description of how we used evolving concept maps as instructional and assessment tools in our respective classes, changes in the…

  10. Concept-Mapping Tools and the Development of Students' Critical-Thinking Skills

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    Tseng, Sheng-Shiang

    2015-01-01

    Developing students' critical-thinking skills has recently received attention at all levels of education. This article proposes the use of concept-mapping tools to improve students' critical-thinking skills. The article introduces a Web-based concept-mapping tool--Popplet--and demonstrates its application for teaching critical-thinking skills in…

  11. The Concept Map as a Research Tool: Exploring Conceptual Change in Biology.

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    Wallace, Josephine D.

    1990-01-01

    Reports a study examining the concurrent validity of concept maps as vehicles for documenting and exploring conceptual change in biology. Elementary education science methods students who were instructed on marine life zones showed significant differences on their concept maps on this topic. (PR)

  12. Effectiveness of Concept Maps in Economics: Evidence from Australia and USA

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    Marangos, John; Alley, Sean

    2007-01-01

    This paper evaluates the effectiveness of concept maps as a teaching and learning tool in university level Principles of Microeconomics courses in Australia and USA. Concept mapping was incorporated in the teaching material in both courses at different countries and, at the end of the semester, the students completed a survey regarding the use,…

  13. A Time Sequence-Oriented Concept Map Approach to Developing Educational Computer Games for History Courses

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    Chu, Hui-Chun; Yang, Kai-Hsiang; Chen, Jing-Hong

    2015-01-01

    Concept maps have been recognized as an effective tool for students to organize their knowledge; however, in history courses, it is important for students to learn and organize historical events according to the time of their occurrence. Therefore, in this study, a time sequence-oriented concept map approach is proposed for developing a game-based…

  14. Stakeholder analysis and mapping as targeted communication strategy.

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    Shirey, Maria R

    2012-09-01

    This department highlights change management strategies that may be successful in strategically planning and executing organizational change initiatives. With the goal of presenting practical approaches helpful to nurse leaders advancing organizational change, content includes evidence-based projects, tools, and resources that mobilize and sustain organizational change initiatives. In this article, the author highlights the importance of stakeholder theory and discusses how to apply the theory to conduct a stakeholder analysis. This article also provides an explanation of how to use related stakeholder mapping techniques with targeted communication strategies. PMID:22922747

  15. A Novel Process Mapping Strategy in Clustered Environments

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    Mohsen Soryani

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays the number of available processing cores within computing nodes which are used in recent clustered environments, are growing up with a rapid rate. Despite this trend, the number of available network interfaces in such computing nodes has almost been remained unchanged. This issue can lead to high usage of network interface in many workloads, especially in heavy-communicating workloads. As a result, network interface may raise as a performance bottleneck and can drastically degrade the performance. The goal of this paper is to introduce a new process mapping strategy in multi-core clusters aimed at reducing network interface contention and improving inter-node communication performance of parallel applications. Performance evaluation of the new mapping algorithm in synthetic and real workloads indicates that the new strategy can achieve 5% to 90% performance improvement in heavy communicating workloads, compared to other well-known methods.

  16. Using Concept Maps for Nursing Education in Iran: A Systematic Review

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    Morteza Ghojazadeh

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Considering the importance, complexity, and problems in nursing education, using efficient and new methods in nursing education seems to be necessary. One of the most important of these methods which has received attention in recent years is the use of concept maps. Therefore, the aim of this study was systematic review of studies conducted in this field. Methods: Required information for this systematic review study was collected using keywords of concept map, learning, retention, nursing education, critical thinking skill, and Iran and their English synonyms in data bases of Iranmedex, Magiran, Science Direct, PubMed, Google scholar, Medlib, and SID. No time limitation was considered for searching articles. Articles published in Farsi and English have been searched. Results: Results show that concept maps have a significant effect on improving critical thinking of learners. Compared to other educational methods such as lectures; using concept maps show higher efficiency in deep and meaningful learning. Besides, concept maps have a significant effect on learning (relationship of theory and practice, improvement of clinical experiences, organizing concepts, and self-regulation. Conclusion: According to the importance of nursing education and its available problems on one hand, and the use and applicability of concept maps on the other hand (as well as ignorance about this educational method, it seems necessary to plan for the development of using concept maps in educational nursing.

  17. Concept Maps in the Classroom: A New Approach to Reveal Students' Conceptual Change

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    Sellmann, Daniela; Liefländer, Anne K.; Bogner, Franz X.

    2015-01-01

    When entering the classroom, adolescents already hold various conceptions on science topics. Concept maps may function as useful tools to reveal such conceptions although labor-intensive analysis often prevents application in typical classroom situations. The authors aimed to provide teachers with an appropriate approach to analyze students'…

  18. A new strategy for developing Vs30 maps

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    Wald, David J.; McWhirter, Leslie; Thompson, Eric; Hering, Amanda S.

    2011-01-01

    Despite obvious limitations as a proxy for site amplification, the use of time-averaged shear-wave velocity over the top 30m (Vs30) is useful and widely practiced, most notably through its use as an explanatory variable in ground motion prediction equations (and thus hazard maps and ShakeMaps, among other applications). Local, regional, and global Vs30 maps thus have diverse and fundamental uses in earthquake and engineering seismology. As such, we are developing an improved strategy for producing Vs30 maps given the common observational constraints available in any region for various spatial scales. We investigate a hierarchical approach to mapping Vs30, where the baseline model is derived from topographic slope because it is available globally, but geological maps and Vs30 observations contribute, where available. Using the abundant measured Vs30 values in Taiwan as an example, we analyze Vs30 versus slope per geologic unit and observe minor trends that indicate potential interaction of geologic and slope terms. We then regress Vs30 for the geologic Vs30 medians, topographic-slope, and cross-term coefficients for a hybrid model. The residuals of this hybrid model still exhibit a strong spatial correlation structure, so we use the kriging-with-a-trend method (the trend is the hybrid model) to further refine the Vs30 map so as to honor the Vs30 observations. Unlike the geology or slope models alone, this strategytakes advantage of the predictive capabilities of the two models, yet effectively defaults to ordinary kriging in the vicinity of the observed data, thereby achieving consistency with the observed data.

  19. Radon mapping in Austria. New strategies and first results

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    In Austria the set up of radon maps is required already since 1992 in the recommendation of the radiation protection commission and stated in the radiation protection law since 2004. In the framework of the Austrian National Radon Project (OENRAP) indoor radon measurements were carried out in about 9000 dwellings from 1992 to 2002, a radon potential was calculated for all municipalities and displayed in a radon potential map. This map is basis for decisions e.g. for preventive measures. According to the new European basic safety standards (EU-BSS) member states shall identify ''radon areas'', relevant e.g. for mandatory radon measurements at work places. The identification of such areas will impact several (legal) decisions and future measures. In course of the implementation of the EU-BSS the radon map of Austria should be improved and optimized for its purpose. As a first step indoor radon measurements were carried out in dwellings in municipalities detected to be ''outliers'' compared to neighboring municipalities. In addition a new indoor radon survey was designed and started, funded by the BMLFUW, with radon measurements in dwellings of members of the voluntary fire brigades, selected by defined criteria. As a pilot study measurements in about 6500 dwellings were carried out in Upper Austria from June 2014 to February 2015. Based on the results of the pilot study and an international radon mapping workshop held in Vienna in January 2015 possible methods for radon mapping in Austria will be tested and discussed. In this contribution the strategies, methods, first results and findings on the way to a new Austrian radon map will be presented.

  20. Ontology-based concept map learning path reasoning system using SWRL rules

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    Chu, K.-K.; Lee, C.-I. [National Univ. of Tainan, Taiwan (China). Dept. of Computer Science and Information Learning Technology

    2010-08-13

    Concept maps are graphical representations of knowledge. Concept mapping may reduce students' cognitive load and extend simple memory function. The purpose of this study was on the diagnosis of students' concept map learning abilities and the provision of personally constructive advice dependant on their learning path and progress. Ontology is a useful method with which to represent and store concept map information. Semantic web rule language (SWRL) rules are easy to understand and to use as specific reasoning services. This paper discussed the selection of grade 7 lakes and rivers curriculum for which to devise a concept map learning path reasoning service. The paper defined a concept map e-learning ontology and two SWRL semantic rules, and collected users' concept map learning path data to infer implicit knowledge and to recommend the next learning path for users. It was concluded that the designs devised in this study were feasible and advanced and the ontology kept the domain knowledge preserved. SWRL rules identified an abstraction model for inferred properties. Since they were separate systems, they did not interfere with each other, while ontology or SWRL rules were maintained, ensuring persistent system extensibility and robustness. 15 refs., 1 tab., 8 figs.

  1. Discrimination of mixed quantum states. Reversible maps and unambiguous strategies

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    Kleinmann, Matthias

    2008-06-30

    The discrimination of two mixed quantum states is a fundamental task in quantum state estimation and quantum information theory. In quantum state discrimination a quantum system is assumed to be in one of two possible - in general mixed - non-orthogonal quantum states. The discrimination then consists of a measurement strategy that allows to decide in which state the system was before the measurement. In unambiguous state discrimination the aim is to make this decision without errors, but it is allowed to give an inconclusive answer. Especially interesting are measurement strategies that minimize the probability of an inconclusive answer. A starting point for the analysis of this optimization problem was a result by Eldar et al. [Phys. Rev. A 69, 062318 (2004)], which provides non-operational necessary and sufficient conditions for a given measurement strategy to be optimal. These conditions are reconsidered and simplified in such a way that they become operational. The simplified conditions are the basis for further central results: It is shown that the optimal measurement strategy is unique, a statement that is e.g. of importance for the complexity analysis of optimal measurement devices. The optimal measurement strategy is derived for the case, where one of the possible input states has at most rank two, which was an open problem for many years. Furthermore, using the optimality criterion it is shown that there always exists a threshold probability for each state, such that below this probability it is optimal to exclude this state from the discrimination strategy. If the two states subject to discrimination can be brought to a diagonal structure with (2 x 2)-dimensional blocks, then the unambiguous discrimination of these states can be reduced to the unambiguous discrimination of pure states. A criterion is presented that allows to identify the presence of such a structure for two self-adjoint operators. This criterion consists of the evaluation of three commutators and allows an explicit construction of the (2 x 2)-dimensional blocks. As an important application of unambiguous state discrimination, unambiguous state comparison, i.e., the question whether two states are identical or not, is generalized and optimal measurements for this problem are constructed. If for a certain family of states, a physical device maps the input state to an output state, such that a second device can be built that yields back the original input state, such a map is called reversible on this family. With respect to state discrimination, such reversible maps are particularly interesting, if the output states are pure. A complete characterization of all families that allow such a reversible and purifying map is provided. If the states are mapped to pure states, but the map itself is not reversible, upper and lower bounds are analyzed for the ''deviation from perfect faithfulness'', a quantity which measures the deviation from a reversible mapping. (orig.)

  2. Discrimination of mixed quantum states. Reversible maps and unambiguous strategies

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    The discrimination of two mixed quantum states is a fundamental task in quantum state estimation and quantum information theory. In quantum state discrimination a quantum system is assumed to be in one of two possible - in general mixed - non-orthogonal quantum states. The discrimination then consists of a measurement strategy that allows to decide in which state the system was before the measurement. In unambiguous state discrimination the aim is to make this decision without errors, but it is allowed to give an inconclusive answer. Especially interesting are measurement strategies that minimize the probability of an inconclusive answer. A starting point for the analysis of this optimization problem was a result by Eldar et al. [Phys. Rev. A 69, 062318 (2004)], which provides non-operational necessary and sufficient conditions for a given measurement strategy to be optimal. These conditions are reconsidered and simplified in such a way that they become operational. The simplified conditions are the basis for further central results: It is shown that the optimal measurement strategy is unique, a statement that is e.g. of importance for the complexity analysis of optimal measurement devices. The optimal measurement strategy is derived for the case, where one of the possible input states has at most rank two, which was an open problem for many years. Furthermore, using the optimality criterion it is shown that there always exists a threshold probability for each state, such that below this probability it is optimal to exclude this state from the discrimination strategy. If the two states subject to discrimination can be brought to a diagonal structure with (2 x 2)-dimensional blocks, then the unambiguous discrimination of these states can be reduced to the unambiguous discrimination of pure states. A criterion is presented that allows to identify the presence of such a structure for two self-adjoint operators. This criterion consists of the evaluation of three commutators and allows an explicit construction of the (2 x 2)-dimensional blocks. As an important application of unambiguous state discrimination, unambiguous state comparison, i.e., the question whether two states are identical or not, is generalized and optimal measurements for this problem are constructed. If for a certain family of states, a physical device maps the input state to an output state, such that a second device can be built that yields back the original input state, such a map is called reversible on this family. With respect to state discrimination, such reversible maps are particularly interesting, if the output states are pure. A complete characterization of all families that allow such a reversible and purifying map is provided. If the states are mapped to pure states, but the map itself is not reversible, upper and lower bounds are analyzed for the ''deviation from perfect faithfulness'', a quantity which measures the deviation from a reversible mapping. (orig.)

  3. Marketing-oriented strategy concept and its empirical testing with large sawmills.

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    NiemelÀ, Juha S.

    1993-01-01

    The objectives of this study are both theoretical and empirical. On the theoretical level strategy concept, its operationalization and measurement are analyzed and clarified. On the empirical level marketing strategies and competitive strategies are described by country, and the study also identifies the strategic marketing decisions characterizing different countries or competitive strategies. Furthermore, the relationships between strategies and marketing structures and functions are analyz...

  4. Enriching traditional biology lectures digital concept maps and their influence on cognition and motivation

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    Steffen Schaal

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Higher education deals with complex knowledge and university teaching should focus on conceptual understanding. Adequate knowledge structures are essential and active knowledge construction should be supported for meaningful learning. But traditional lectures mostly are structured by slides which may misleadingly cause linear representations of knowledge. In this study, a framework for digital concept maps was developed to complement lectures in human biology. The course was aimed at student science teachers at the undergraduate level. The work is based on theoretical research on computer-supported learning, on knowledge structures perspectives within learning environments as well as on self-determination theory. Each session was supplemented by a digital, multimedia-enriched concept map. After each single lecture, students had free access to the concept maps to reinforce the latest topics. The objective of the study was to examine if the use of complementary concept maps (i influences achievement and (ii if motivational variables influence the use of the concept maps. In both cases, influences of computer-user self-efficacy were expected (iii. The students’ (N = 171 concept map use was logged, achievement was tested and motivational variables were surveyed (e.g. interest/ enjoyment, perceived competence, effort/ importance, value/usefulness. The logfile-data allowed distinguishing learners according to their concept map use. Results reveal the benefit of additional concept maps for achievement, positive motivational aspects and computer-user self-efficacy as mediating factors showed some influence. The emphasize of further research should be on students’ active engagement in structuring their individual learning by constructing concept maps themselves, especially in science education courses.

  5. Concept Maps for Improved Science Reasoning and Writing: Complexity Isn't Everything.

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    Dowd, Jason E; Duncan, Tanya; Reynolds, Julie A

    2015-01-01

    A pervasive notion in the literature is that complex concept maps reflect greater knowledge and/or more expert-like thinking than less complex concept maps. We show that concept maps used to structure scientific writing and clarify scientific reasoning do not adhere to this notion. In an undergraduate course for thesis writers, students use concept maps instead of traditional outlines to define the boundaries and scope of their research and to construct an argument for the significance of their research. Students generate maps at the beginning of the semester, revise after peer review, and revise once more at the end of the semester. Although some students revised their maps to make them more complex, a significant proportion of students simplified their maps. We found no correlation between increased complexity and improved scientific reasoning and writing skills, suggesting that sometimes students simplify their understanding as they develop more expert-like thinking. These results suggest that concept maps, when used as an intervention, can meet the varying needs of a diverse population of student writers. PMID:26538388

  6. Management strategies to reduce conception/creation risks of intellectual property

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    Ramona PAKOCS

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper is focused on finding the best management strategies to reduce conception/creation risks of intellectual property. For this we performed a SWOT analysis of conception /creation risks of intellectual property, which was analysed in a Brainstorming session, where several management strategies for risk reduction were found. Then a multi-criterion analysis was conducted which resulted in finding the best management strategy to reduce conception/creation risks of intellectual property.

  7. Management strategies to reduce conception/creation risks of intellectual property

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    Ramona PAKOCS; Noura? Barbu LUPULESCU

    2015-01-01

    This paper is focused on finding the best management strategies to reduce conception/creation risks of intellectual property. For this we performed a SWOT analysis of conception /creation risks of intellectual property, which was analysed in a Brainstorming session, where several management strategies for risk reduction were found. Then a multi-criterion analysis was conducted which resulted in finding the best management strategy to reduce conception/creation risks of intellectual property.

  8. Collaborative and Multilingual Approach to Learn Database Topics Using Concept Maps

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    Calvo, Iñaki

    2014-01-01

    Authors report on a study using the concept mapping technique in computer engineering education for learning theoretical introductory database topics. In addition, the learning of multilingual technical terminology by means of the collaborative drawing of a concept map is also pursued in this experiment. The main characteristics of a study carried out in the database subject at the University of the Basque Country during the 2011/2012 course are described. This study contributes to the field of concept mapping as these kinds of cognitive tools have proved to be valid to support learning in computer engineering education. It contributes to the field of computer engineering education, providing a technique that can be incorporated with several educational purposes within the discipline. Results reveal the potential that a collaborative concept map editor offers to fulfil the above mentioned objectives. PMID:25538957

  9. Utilization Practice of the Concept Mapping Program for Nuclear Engineer Training

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    Knowledge is the most important factor in the safe and reliable operation of the NPP. Many methods are used to enhance the knowledge level of the personnel in the NPP. Generally, classroom lecture method is used for nuclear engineers. But this method has some pitfalls as an adult training method because students have already a lot of knowledge, so they want to participate actively in the learning process. KNPEI undertook a research project from March 2006 to September 2007 to capture the experience knowledge from senior staff and transfer it to junior staff. As part of the research activity KNPEI introduced a Concept Mapping Program and set up a Concept Mapping server to capture the experience knowledge of the senior staff. This Concept Mapping Program has some characteristics that can be used in learning about conceptual knowledge. The purpose of this report is to introduce the utilization method and practice at KNPEI for the nuclear engineer training using the Concept Mapping Program

  10. The effect of concept mapping on clinical decision making skills of ICU nurses

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    Fakhri Dokht Akbari; Malahat Nikravan Mofrad; Azam Dabirian

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Concept mapping is an innovative tool that would help hospital educators and nurses to promote their knowledge and clinical decision making skills. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of concept mapping on clinical decision making skills of nurses working in the intensive care unit (ICU). Methods: The quasi-experimental, non-equivalent control group, pretest-posttest design was conducted among baccalaureate nurses working in an intensive care unit. Forty two nur...

  11. Knowledge representation and communication with concept maps in teacher training of science and technology

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    Pontes Pedrajas, Alfonso

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper shows the development of an educational innovation that we have made in the context of initial teacher training for secondary education of science and technology. In this educational experience computing resources and concept maps are used to develop teaching skills related to knowledge representation, oral communication, teamwork and practical use of ICT in the classroom. Initial results indicate that future teachers value positively the use of concept maps and computer resources as useful tools for teacher training.

  12. Using Concept Mapping to Build Concept the Competence of School Principals

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available More and more the competence concept of school principals have an impact on two conditions, namely: (1 to develop the concept can complement and support each other; and (2 to develop the concept of possible contradict, giving rise to different interpretations. Therefore, this becomes the main issue researchers to identify the competence concept of school principals with adaptation of Jackson-Trochim method that is capable of illustrating the concept of competencies. Results of adaptation Jackson-Trochim method that school principals should have three types of competencies to lead the school effectively and efficiently. Kind of competencies are such as school leadership, instructional leadership, and operational leadership. Based on these results, the adaptationof Jackson-Trochim method to build the competence concept of school principals suggests this concept obtained may serve as a reference for school principals continue to build competencies in the future

  13. Cross-Cultural Concept Mapping of Standardized Datasets

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    This work compares four feature-based similarity measures derived from cognitive sciences. The purpose of the comparative analysis is to verify the potentially most effective model that can be applied for mapping independent ontologies in a culturally influenced domain [1]. Here, datasets based on...

  14. Geospatial technologies and digital geomorphological mapping: Concepts, issues and research

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    Bishop, Michael P.; James, L. Allan; Shroder, John F.; Walsh, Stephen J.

    2012-01-01

    Geomorphological mapping plays an essential role in understanding Earth surface processes, geochronology, natural resources, natural hazards and landscape evolution. It involves the partitioning of the terrain into conceptual spatial entities based upon criteria that include morphology (form), genetics (process), composition and structure, chronology, environmental system associations (land cover, soils, ecology), as well as spatial topological relationships of surface features (landforms). Historically, the power of human visualization was primarily relied upon for analysis, introducing subjectivity and biases with respect to selection of criteria for terrain segmentation and placement of boundaries. This paper reviews new spatio-temporal data and geocomputational approaches that now permit Earth scientists to go far beyond traditional mapping, permitting quantitative characterization of landscape morphology and the integration of varied landscape thematic information. Numerous conceptual, theoretical, and information-technology issues are at the heart of digital geomorphological mapping (DGM), and scientific progress has not kept pace with new and rapidly evolving geospatial technologies. Consequently, new capabilities exist but numerous issues have not been adequately addressed. Therefore, this paper discusses conceptual foundations and illustrates how geomorphometry and mapping approaches can be used to produce geomorphological information related to the land surface and landforms, process rates, process-form relationships, and geomorphic systems.

  15. Appropriating Invention through Concept Maps in Writing for Multimedia and the Web

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    Bacabac, Florence Elizabeth

    2015-01-01

    As an alternative approach to web preproduction, I propose the use of concept maps for invention of website projects in business and professional writing courses. This mapping device approximates our students' initial site plans since rough ideas are formed based on a substantial exploratory technique. Incorporated in various disciplines, the…

  16. Finite element concept to derive isostatic residual maps - Application to Gorda Plate and Sierra Nevada regions

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    K Mallick; K K Sharma

    2001-03-01

    A new space-domain operator based on the shape function concept of finite element analysis has been developed to derive the residual maps of the Gorda Plate of western United States. The technique does not require explicit assumptions on isostatic models. Besides delineating the Gorda Plate boundary, the residual maps exhibit a close match both in their anomaly patterns and magnitudes with previously computed residual maps based on the theory of isostasy.

  17. Concepts and strategies for management of nuclear wastes

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    Three modes of reactor strategies are chosen and discussed; (1) Once-through type light water reactor, (2) U-Pu cycle light water reactor, and (3) U-Pu cycle fast breeder reactor. The arising of wastes in each mode of nuclear fuel cycle is first estimated for unit nuclear power generation of 1 GWe.year and the amount of wastes to be managed in each year is then calculated. Assuming the 2nd and the 3rd reprocessing plants are not operative, the decrease of waste arising is also estimated, which, nevertheless, claims the need for spent fuel storage pools. In addition, the arisings of decommissioning wastes are evaluated to identify their effect on waste management. Based on above fact, a generic logic of waste management is brought about, placing major emphasis on volume reduction, barrier- and decay-effects. According to the characteristics, the wastes arisen at each stage of nuclear fuel cycle can be categorized into (1) extremely low-level waste, (2) low- and intermediate-level waste, (3) alpha-waste and (4) high-level waste, and the suitable isolation periods for the specified categories can be set by the aid of hazard index, suggesting that the disposal options may possibly be selected. The waste disposal gives environmental impacts through dispersion and migration of contained nuclides into biosphere; the dispersion and migration paths are investigated and a mathematical expression to evaluate the impacts as dose commitment is presented. A multi-barrier concept is proposed since combined artificial and natural barriers have possibility of lengthening the migration path to enable safe disposal. Finally, items of research/development in waste management are represented from the viewpoints of (1) establishment of management system, (2) safety assessment covering verification of technology and system, and (3) regulation, giving recommendations for national policy making as well as for international co-operation. (JPN)

  18. Details and justifications for the MAP concept specification for acceleration above 63 GeV

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    The Muon Accelerator Program (MAP) requires a concept specification for each of the accelerator systems. The Muon accelerators will bring the beam energy from a total energy of 63 GeV to the maximum energy that will fit on the Fermilab site. Justifications and supporting references are included, providing more detail than will appear in the concept specification itself.

  19. Details and justifications for the MAP concept specification for acceleration above 63 GeV

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    Berg, J. Scott [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Collider-Accelerator Dept.

    2014-02-28

    The Muon Accelerator Program (MAP) requires a concept specification for each of the accelerator systems. The Muon accelerators will bring the beam energy from a total energy of 63 GeV to the maximum energy that will fit on the Fermilab site. Justifications and supporting references are included, providing more detail than will appear in the concept specification itself.

  20. Does Constructivist Approach Applicable through Concept Maps to Achieve Meaningful Learning in Science?

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    Jena, Ananta Kumar

    2012-01-01

    This study deals with the application of constructivist approach through individual and cooperative modes of spider and hierarchical concept maps to achieve meaningful learning on science concepts (e.g. acids, bases & salts, physical and chemical changes). The main research questions were: Q (1): is there any difference in individual and…

  1. Concept mapping and the fundamental problem of moving between knowledge structures

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    Kinchin, Ian M.

    2012-01-01

    A concept map provides a ?snap shot? of a student?s understanding that is frozen in time by drawing it out on paper or on a computer screen. However, to represent the dynamic state of student learning, concept maps either need to emphasise dynamism (through the phrases that are chosen to act as links within the propositions that form the map), or need to be viewed as a single perspective on a more complex situation that can only be fully appreciated by considering movement between knowledge s...

  2. Exploring Concept Map and Its Role As Knowledge Assessment Tool (2009-2012)

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    Kumar R, Sarukesi K, Uma G V

    2013-01-01

    This study was carried out to explore and analyze Concept Map (CM) and its role as knowledge assessment tool in the educational setups (traditional, e-learning and m-learning). A CM is a two dimensional graph based visual diagram which includes many concepts and relationships among the concepts in a hierarchical manner, which helps the user to organize knowledge and to accommodate to different learning styles. This report provides a broad understanding of CM and research & development activit...

  3. The KnowledgeMap Project: Development of a Concept-Based Medical School Curriculum Database

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    Denny, Joshua C.; Irani, Plomarz R.; Wehbe, Firas H.; Smithers, Jeffrey D; Spickard, Anderson

    2003-01-01

    We developed the KnowledgeMap (KM) system as an online, concept-based database of medical school curriculum documents. It uses the KM concept indexer to map full-text documents and match search queries to concepts in the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS). In this paper, we describe the design of KM and report the first seven months of its implementation into a medical school. Despite being emphasized in only two first year courses and one fourth year course, students from all four classe...

  4. The Effect of Concept Mapping on Iranian Pre-intermediate L2 Reading Comprehension

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    Omid Tabatabaei

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Teachers are always looking for innovative ways to help students improve their reading comprehension. One popular method is the use of graphic organizers such as concept maps. This study examined the use of concept maps (a meta cognitive technique to aid reading comprehension of Iranian pre- intermediate L2 learners in one of the language institutes in Shiraz. The researcher wanted to find appropriate answers to the following research questions 1 does the application of concept mapping technique have any significant effect on Iranian pre-intermediate L2 reading comprehension 2 do Iranian pre-intermediate L2learners have positive attitude toward the application of concept maps in their reading classes? For this, 30 pre-intermediate L2 learners were selected and assigned as experimental group. This experimental group received instruction on how to use concept mapping technique as a pre-reading activity. This group took part in language classes twice a week for one hour and half and reading activities covered thirty minutes of the whole class and also they completed two thirty-minutes reading comprehension tests, one as the pre-test and the other as the post-test. The results of Wilcoxon Sign Rank test showed that the participants in concept mapping group performed better in post-test than in pre-test administration. Moreover, the results of Chi-square revealed that, on the whole, L2 learners had positive attitudes toward using concept mapping technique in reading classes. This study had theoretical as well as pedagogical implication in the field of second/ foreign teaching and learning.

  5. Using Concept Mapping to Build Concept the Competence of School Principals

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    Mustamin Mustamin

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available More and more the competence concept of school principals have an impact on two conditions, namely: (1 to develop the concept can complement and support each other; and (2 to develop the concept of possible contradict, giving rise to different interpretations. Therefore, this becomes the main issue researchers to identify the competence concept of school principals with adaptation of Jackson-Trochim method that is capable of illustrating the concept of competencies. Results of adaptation Jackson-Trochim method that school principals should have three types of competencies to lead the school effectively and efficiently. Kind of competencies are such as school leadership, instructional leadership, and operational leadership. Based on these results, the adaptation of Jackson-Trochim method to build the competence concept of school principals suggests this concept obtained may serve as a reference for school principals continue to build competencies in the future

  6. Functional Ontology and Concept Maps for Knowledge Navigation: An Application Example for Contest Robot

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    Shuen-Ren Yu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Because the volume of web resources (web pages, images, music, video, etc. continues to increase exponentially, enabling reuse and sharing of creative knowledge in engineering domain becomes our driving force to develop the knowledge map navigation. Map navigation is a way of organizing the world's information geographically. Knowledge maps are used to visualize a set of related information. To solve problems of knowledge sharing and knowledge reusing in engineering domain, this study proposed a knowledge map navigation which is based on functional ontology and concept maps. At last, a case study on contest robot is applied to demonstrate the proposed model can promote the information searching more efficiently. In order to share the functional knowledge model anywhere on the Internet, we use CmapTools which allow users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept to implement that. It shows some benefits from functional ontology-based applications in engineering knowledge management domain.

  7. Does the mind map learning strategy facilitate information retrieval and critical thinking in medical students?

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    Olson Valerie G; Zipp Genevieve; D'Antoni Anthony V; Cahill Terrence F

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background A learning strategy underutilized in medical education is mind mapping. Mind maps are multi-sensory tools that may help medical students organize, integrate, and retain information. Recent work suggests that using mind mapping as a note-taking strategy facilitates critical thinking. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether a relationship existed between mind mapping and critical thinking, as measured by the Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT), and whether a r...

  8. Utilization of Concept Mapping Program at the Root Cause Analysis of Events

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    KHNP introduced the Corrective Action Program (CAP) as a part of the nuclear operation innovation. The Key program of the CAP is the Root Cause Analysis (RCA) program. The RCA is a technique to extract root causes and take actions to prevent a recurrence in the event that management doesn't want it to happen again. KHNP establishes a temporary team for RCA of some event. KHNP should assign some human resources to the temporary team. KNPEI introduced a RCA training program from Comanche Peak Steam Electric Station in 2005 and began training the engineers from 2006. But the RCA Program doesn't operate well at the stations because of two reasons. KNPEI performed a research project from March 2006 to September 2007 to capture experience knowledge from seniors and transfer it to juniors. As part of the research activity KNPEI introduced a Concept Mapping Program and set up a Concept Mapping server to capture experience knowledge. Originally, the Concept Mapping Program was to teach conceptual knowledge by remote. But this Concept Mapping Program has some characteristics that can be used in root causes analysis. The purpose of this report is to suggest the utilization method in root causes analysis in the Concept Mapping

  9. The Concept of Coordination Strategies Models in Hierarchical Systems

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    Mounir Gabsi

    2014-01-01

    Use of decomposition-based design optimization methods requires a priori selection of system partitioning and of the corresponding coordination strategy. Typically, partitioning systems into smaller, easier to solve subproblems leads to more complicated, computationally expensive coordination strategies. Previous optimal partitioning techniques have not addressed the coordination issue explicitly. Decomposition-based design optimization methods can ease difficu...

  10. Evaluating a Concept Mapping Training Programme by 10 and 13 year-old students

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The PISA 2000 study found large differences between countries in terms of quality of learning. In somecountries, students prefer rote learning to meaningful learning. However, such memorisation of thematerial does not lead to recallable and usable knowledge in the long run. Ausubel's (1968 wellknowntheory serves as a basis for several techniques of meaningful learning, including conceptmapping, which emphasises the visual organization of comprehended information. The present studyreports the results of an experiment using concept mapping for deepening students’ understandingof teaching materials. It focuses on definitions frequently used in science and Hungarian grammarlessons. Results indicate that concept mapping training programmes can improve participants’achievement. Experiences show that the technique of concept mapping is frequently unfamiliar tostudents. More time would be needed for practising and using it in different learning situations.

  11. Student Connections of Linear Algebra Concepts: An Analysis of Concept Maps

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    Lapp, Douglas A.; Nyman, Melvin A.; Berry, John S.

    2010-01-01

    This article examines the connections of linear algebra concepts in a first course at the undergraduate level. The theoretical underpinnings of this study are grounded in the constructivist perspective (including social constructivism), Vernaud's theory of conceptual fields and Pirie and Kieren's model for the growth of mathematical understanding.…

  12. Using Concept Mapping to Uncover Students' Knowledge Structures of Chemical Bonding Concepts

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    Burrows, Nikita L.; Mooring, Suazette Reid

    2015-01-01

    General chemistry is the first undergraduate course in which students further develop their understanding of fundamental chemical concepts. Many of these fundamental topics highlight the numerous conceptual interconnections present in chemistry. However, many students possess incoherent knowledge structures regarding these topics. Therefore,…

  13. A theoretical framework for the concept of 'Internet strategy'

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    Steyn, Benita; Grobler, Anske F.; Cilliers, B.

    2005-01-01

    Organisations know that the Internet could or should play an important role in goal achievement, but are uncertain about its strategic application. It can therefore be said that the Internet remains largely 'a technology in search of a strategy'. This article explores 'Internet strategy' from the perspective of the corporate communication domain, specifically within the framework of two meta-theoretical approaches: the Excellence approach and the two-way symmetrical approach to public rel...

  14. The Effect of Concept Map Using on Student Success in The Teaching of Biology II Subjects Presented in Science Teacher Programme

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    Tohit GÜNE?

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the effects of concept maps on meaningful learning of science 2.grade students to 8 biological topics presented in Biology II course has been comparatively investigated with classical method. For this purpose 140 students have been divided into two groups (70 control and 70 experimental and the subjects have been explained with classical method in control group and concept maps have been prepared in experimental group. Before and after the application, both groups received pre-test and post–test. The data were evaluated using by SPSS 11.5 statistical program. And success relations between samplings were determined using by t-test analyzing.According to data, it has been observed that the experimental group were more successful than control group (t=6,48, p< 0.001. It suggests that Concept maps can be used as teaching strategy in some difficult biology subjects.

  15. Concept mapping and the fundamental problem of moving between knowledge structures

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    Ian M. Kinchin

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A concept map provides a ?snap shot? of a student?s understanding that is frozen in time by drawing it out on paper or on a computer screen. However, to represent the dynamic state of student learning, concept maps either need to emphasise dynamism (through the phrases that are chosen to act as links within the propositions that form the map, or need to be viewed as a single perspective on a more complex situation that can only be fully appreciated by considering movement between knowledge structures (e.g. through sequential mapping over time, or by indicating relationships between map structures that represent complementary learning contexts. The recognition of the importance of movement between knowledge structures needs careful management, whether teaching is conducted as a face-to-face activity or (increasingly as a digital/online activity. Existing models of e-learning development (such as the TPACK model can be modified to accommodate a multiple perspectives view. When the purpose of teaching is the promotion of students? ability to move between knowledge structures (rather than acquiring a single structure, the purpose of producing a concept map changes and becomes part of a wider dynamic process of learning, rather than providing a static record of what has already been learnt.

  16. Blunder Lecture to Reeducate Physiology Concepts by Cognitive Conflict Strategy

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    Singh, Satendra

    2014-01-01

    Our students are not a tabula rasa in classes. These varied learners imbibe new information in relevance to others and reaffirm their own concepts. Quite often, in this journey of forming new connections, inadvertently, misconceptions are retained and may be reinforced if not corrected early. Students come to learning situations with preconceived…

  17. Strategies for Teaching Object-Oriented Concepts with Java

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    Sicilia, Miguel-Angel

    2006-01-01

    A considerable amount of experiences in teaching object-oriented concepts using the Java language have been reported to date, some of which describe language pitfalls and concrete learning difficulties. In this paper, a number of additional issues that have been experienced as difficult for students to master, along with approaches intended to…

  18. Combining Concept Maps with Quantitative Data and Writing Assignments to Foster Student Engagement

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    Bank, C.; Eckert, T.

    2008-12-01

    Introductory geoscience is in a unique position to provide students with readily available data, problems that require careful analysis, and issues affecting their communities. Teaching introductory geoscience allows the instructors to package the developing of skills (quantitative numeracy, critical thinking, presenting) with the learning of new concepts. We have introduced in a large distribution course several assignments which combine concept maps with the analysis of quantitative data and short writing requirements. The aim of such assignments is to allow students to gain insight into scientific thinking, to challenge their pre-existing conceptions, and to achieve a deeper understanding of topics. It also provides us with the opportunity to experiment with novel assessment tools. In some cases, we have attempted to proof the effectiveness of such assessments. For example, a preliminary comparison of student performance on final exams indicates a correlation between marks gained on a concept map and those achieved on a short essay. This correlation implies that concept maps can be valid assessment tools. Other assignments, for example the creation of podcasts by small groups of students, provide for anecdotal evidence that students learn new concepts better because they need to reflect on them more carefully in order to present the assigned material.

  19. Thinking Maps: Research-Based Instructional Strategy in a PDS

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    Kessler, Cristy; Zuercher, Deborah K.; Wong, Caroline S.

    2013-01-01

    An exploratory action research case study was conducted at Moanalua Middle School from 2006-2009 to examine the impact of Thinking Maps on student achievement. Thinking Maps are not just another set of graphic organizers but a set of eight of unique visual mind maps with each linked to a specific higher-order thinking pattern. This study tells the…

  20. How Do High-School Students Perceive the Concept of "Map": A Case Study from Istanbul

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    Ozder, Adem

    2013-01-01

    The main aim of this study is investigating metaphors developed by the students regarding the concept of "map" at private institutions which provide them with specialized courses (Dershane). About 338 students in one of these private courses in Istanbul city center accepted to participate in the research within 2012 to 2013 academic…

  1. Effects of concept maps and dialogue journals on bilingual students' conceptual understanding in science

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    McFall, Rebecca E.

    1999-11-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of using concept maps or dialogue journals on bilingual students' conceptual understanding in science. Three fourth grade classes, which included 60 students, using the Science and Technology for Children, Plant Growth and Development unit participated in the study. The vocabulary knowledge and conceptual understanding of bilingual and native English students in three treatment groups were compared. The study was conducted over a three month period. The three treatment groups consisted of (1) a control group using only the Science and Technology for Children, Plant Growth and Development unit, (2) the concept map treatment group, and (3) the dialogue journal treatment group. Student achievement was measured using a pretest and a posttest. Significant differences in the pretest and posttest scores were found for all three treatment groups. The concept map treatment group scored significantly higher than the dialogue journal and control groups on the posttest. The use of concept maps was found to be highly effective for both native English and bilingual students.

  2. Relational, Structural, and Semantic Analysis of Graphical Representations and Concept Maps

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    Ifenthaler, Dirk

    2010-01-01

    The demand for good instructional environments presupposes valid and reliable analytical instruments for educational research. This paper introduces the "SMD Technology" (Surface, Matching, Deep Structure), which measures relational, structural, and semantic levels of graphical representations and concept maps. The reliability and validity of the…

  3. Knowledge Presented in Concept Maps: Correlations with Conventional Cognitive Knowledge Tests

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    Conradty, C.; Bogner, F. X.

    2012-01-01

    Our study focuses on the correlation of concept map (CMap) structures and learning success tested with short answer tests, taking into particular account the complexity of the subject matter. Novice sixth grade students created CMaps about two subject matters of varying difficulty. The correlation of the complexity of CMaps with the post-test was…

  4. Concept Mapping Assessment of Media Assisted Learning in Interdisciplinary Science Education

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    Schaal, Steffen; Bogner, Franz X.; Girwidz, Raimund

    2010-01-01

    Acquisition of conceptual knowledge is a central aim in science education. In this study we monitored an interdisciplinary hypermedia assisted learning unit on hibernation and thermodynamics based on cooperative learning. We used concept mapping for the assessment, applying a pre-test/post-test design. In our study, 106 9th graders cooperated by…

  5. Implementation of Concept Mapping to Novices: Reasons for Errors, a Matter of Technique or Content?

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    Conradty, Catherine; Bogner, Franz X.

    2010-01-01

    Concept mapping is discussed as a means to promote meaningful learning and in particular progress in reading comprehension skills. Its increasing implementation necessitates the acquisition of adequate knowledge about frequent errors in order to make available an effective introduction to the new learning method. To analyse causes of errors, 283…

  6. Use of Concept Mapping in an Undergraduate Introductory Exercise Physiology Course

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    Henige, Kim

    2012-01-01

    Physiology is often considered a challenging course for students. It is up to teachers to structure courses and create learning opportunities that will increase the chance of student success. In an undergraduate exercise physiology course, concept maps are assigned to help students actively process and organize information into manageable and…

  7. Expert Concept Mapping Method for Defining the Characteristics of Adaptive ELearning: ALFANET Project Case

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    Stoyanov, Slavi; Kirschner, Paul

    2004-01-01

    The article presents empirical evidence for the effectiveness and efficiency of a modified version of Trochim's (1989a, b) concept mapping approach to define the characteristics of an adaptive learning environment. The effectiveness and the efficiency of the method are attributed to the support that it provides in terms of elicitation, sharing,…

  8. Differences in Concept Mapping, Hypertext Architecture, and the Analyst-Intuition Dimension of Cognitive Style

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    Graff, Martin

    2005-01-01

    There is now evidence to suggest that the degree to which hypertext or web-based instructional systems facilitate recall of information appears to be contingent on an individual's cognitive or information processing style. Concept maps also reflect the way in which individuals process information and therefore it is possible that cognitive style…

  9. Collaborative Concept Mapping in a Web-Based Learning Environment: A Pedagogic Experience in Architectural Education.

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    Madrazo, Leandro; Vidal, Jordi

    2002-01-01

    Describes a pedagogical work, carried out within a school of architecture, using a Web-based learning environment to support collaborative understanding of texts on architectural theory. Explains the use of concept maps, creation of a critical vocabulary, exploration of semantic spaces, and knowledge discovery through navigation. (Author/LRW)

  10. Methods for Measuring the Influence of Concept Mapping on Student Information Literacy.

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    Gordon, Carol A.

    2002-01-01

    Discusses research traditions in education and in information retrieval and explores the theory of expected information which uses formulas derived from the Fano measure and Bayesian statistics. Demonstrates its application in a study on the effects of concept mapping on the search behavior of tenth-grade biology students. (Author/LRW)

  11. Ideographic Concept Mapping in Counseling Psychology Research: Conceptual Overview, Methodology, and an Illustration

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    Goodyear, Rodney K.; Tracey, Terence J. G.; Claiborn, Charles D.; Lichtenberg, James W.; Wampold, Bruce E.

    2005-01-01

    This article provides an overview of the research approach called concept mapping at conceptual, methodological, and practical levels. The relevance of the approach to counseling psychology research is discussed, and the approach is located conceptually in the realm of qualitative methods available to counseling psychology researchers. To…

  12. Traumatizing Aspects of Providing Counselling in Community Agencies to Survivors of Sexual Violence: A Concept Map

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    Kadambi, Michaela A.; Truscott, Derek

    2008-01-01

    Concept mapping (a combined qualitative/quantitative approach) was used to clarify and understand 72 Canadian professionals' experience of what they found to be traumatizing about their work with sexual violence survivors in community settings. A sample of 30 professionals providing community-based treatment to survivors of sexual violence sorted…

  13. A new approach to analyze strategy map using an integrated BSC and FUZZY DEMATEL

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Today, with ever-increasing competition in global economic conditions, the necessity of effective implementation of strategy map has become an inevitable and necessary. The strategy map represents a general and structured framework for strategic objectives and plays an important role in forming competitive advantages for organizations. It is important to find important factors influencing strategy map and prioritize them based on suitable factors. In this paper, we propose an integration of BSC and Fuzzy DEMATEL technique to rank different items influencing strategy of a production plan. The proposed technique is implemented for real-world case study of glass production.

  14. A Study of the Relationship between English Self-concept and Language Learning Strategies

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    Mingmei Du

    2012-01-01

    The present study concentrated on the relationship between self-concept and language learning strategies. Participants of the study were 157 students from one University in Shandong, China. Quantitative data was collected through two questionnaires. The first one was the revised Chinese version of self-concept scale modified by Pan (2003) from Marsh’s (1992) SQDII. Another inventory based on Oxford’ classification system of learning strategies (SILL) was used to assess learner&rsq...

  15. Didactic strategies for comprehension and learning of structural concepts

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    Moreno, Carlos; ABAD, Antonio; GERDINGH, Juan G.; GARCIA M., Carlos; GONZALEZ C., Oscar

    2010-01-01

    In previous papers we have established the convenience of formulating educational strategies at the university level for both disciplines: Civil Engineering and Architecture, which involves academic topics of mutual interest by means of shared practices. As a particular matter of this approach, the application of physical experimental models is considered of special usefulness, in order to understand in better ways the performance of materials and structural systems. Several st...

  16. Mapping Theory - a mapping of the theoretical territory related to a contemporary concept of public space

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    Smith, Shelley

    2008-01-01

    This working paper maps the theoretical territory of public space - urban public space - in a contemporary urban context. By finding, selecting, registering and examining existing theoretical stand points, the paper founds a basis for the creation of theory in an architectural discourse and for the examination of new spatial constellations for further research in public space. In addition to this, the appendices of the working paper are a kind of database for sources and source analyses.

  17. The Relative Effectiveness of Four Strategies for Teaching Disjunctive Concepts in Mathematics

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    Dossey, John A.; Henderson, Kenneth B.

    1974-01-01

    Programed units of instruction designed with four different sequences of characterizations and exemplifications of disjunctive concepts were given to preservice elementary school teachers. Students were tested on three levels of concept attainment, with differences between strategies resulting, as one moves through the levels of cognitive…

  18. A structured strategy of concept definition in measurement: the case of 'sensitivity'

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    The paper emphasizes the importance that fundamental concepts in measurement science are defined according to a structured strategy, which provides both a general, qualitative characterization and a specific, type-related, quantitative definition. As a significant case, the concept 'sensitivity' is discussed and a definition for it proposed

  19. A structured strategy of concept definition in measurement: the case of 'sensitivity'

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    Mari, Luca; Mencattini, Arianna

    2013-09-01

    The paper emphasizes the importance that fundamental concepts in measurement science are defined according to a structured strategy, which provides both a general, qualitative characterization and a specific, type-related, quantitative definition. As a significant case, the concept 'sensitivity' is discussed and a definition for it proposed.

  20. Market Entry Strategy for LifeTable Concept

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    Vítečková, Klára

    2011-01-01

    The goal of this thesis is to create a suitable market entry strategy for an innovative product called LifeTable (interactive touchpad designated for restaurants and bars), so that the company will be able to establish itself in the Czech market and install 200 pieces of LifeTable during the next year. In order to approach the topic correctly, the review of available theoretical literature was carried out. Based on the theory, a thorough secondary and primary research has been conducted. The ...

  1. Survey and comparison of nuclear power strategy and concepts worldwide

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    The steady growth of the world's population and the enhancement of the standard of living will make the demand for energy grow correspondingly. Not only for economic reasons, but also in the interest of the environment and the global climate will strategies for meeting the global energy demand have recourse to nuclear energy. One can even expect a renaissance of nuclear technology based on evolutionary and innovative developments, as nuclear energy is the sole energy source offering the potentials of power generation at justifiable technological risk and economic investment, while contributing to curbing CO2 emissions. Nuclear technology transfer to the developing countries however is an important task in this strategy for the future. Transfer of know-how and simpler technical standards are required (common problems, common rules, common products). Also, the development of breeder reactors and high-temperature reactors should be a major objective, in order to fully exploit the nuclear option, i.e. conserve energy resources, and meet the demand for process heat. The wide range of tasks ahead in the development of advanced nuclear reactors requires enhanced cooperation and exchange of information at international level. Experience and capacities of the IAEA make this organisation the proper and sole available global forum for performing the tasks to be fulfilled, and Member Countries of the IAEA should support the organisation also in their own interest. (orig.)

  2. The impact of a new concept of innovative strategies on the improvement of tourism services

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    Full Text Available Changes in innovation concept in terms of a shift from a closed to an open model impose the need to adopt enterprise strategy accordingly and to actively involve users in the innovation process. Due to changes in the relationship between the subjects of innovative activity and the need for enhancing cooperation among them, strategies should be based on corporate entrepreneurship. The aim of this paper is to analyze the impact of a new concept of innovation and innovative strategies on improvement of tourism services and to explore the ways in which users of tourist services can be involved in the innovation process.

  3. Testicular germ cell tumors. Current concepts and management strategies.

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    Cost, N G

    2013-06-01

    Testicular germ cell tumors (T-GCTs) are the most common solid tumor in adolescent and young adult men. Due to the success of multidisciplinary management, the prognosis of all stages of T-GCT is quite good. The development of complimentary therapeutic strategies including modern cytotoxic chemotherapy regimens, appropriate utilization of radiotherapy, and timely surgical resection has made T-GCTs the model of a "curative" malignancy. Herein we review the background, epidemiology, and genetics of the disease, as well as an approach to its diagnosis and staging, including rationale for managing T-GCT in its various stages. In summary, while some areas in T-GCT care are debated, the vast majority of patients should be approached in a standardized manner which ensures optimal oncologic outcomes and minimal therapeutic morbidity. PMID:23703101

  4. Concept Maps Provide a Window onto Preservice Elementary Teachers' Knowledge in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics

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    Chichekian, Tanya; Shore, Bruce M.

    2013-01-01

    This collaborative concept-mapping exercise was conducted in a second-year mathematics methods course. Teachers' visual representations of their mathematical content and pedagogical knowledge provided insight into their understanding of how students learn mathematics. We collected 28 preservice student teachers' concept maps and analyzed them by…

  5. A Concept-Map Integrated Dynamic Assessment System for Improving Ecology Observation Competences in Mobile Learning Activities

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    Hung, Pi-Hsia; Hwang, Gwo-Jen; Su, I-Hsiang; Lin, I-Hua

    2012-01-01

    Observation competence plays a fundamental role in outdoor scientific investigation. The computerized concept mapping technique as a Mindtool has shown the potential for enhancing meaningful learning in science education. The purposes of the present study are to develop a concept map integrated mobile learning design for ecology observation and to…

  6. Concept Maps for Assessing Change in Learning: A Study of Undergraduate Business Students in First-Year Marketing in China

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    von der Heidt, Tania

    2015-01-01

    This paper explains the application of concept mapping to help foster a learning-centred approach. It investigates how concept maps are used to measure the change in learning following a two-week intensive undergraduate Marketing Principles course delivered to 162 Chinese students undertaking a Bachelor of Business Administration programme in…

  7. Application of concept mapping principles to managing steam generator knowledge at the CNSC

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    The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) oversee proper regulation required for the operations of more than 180 commercial steam generators housed in Canadian nuclear power plants. The number of inspection reports and other technical reports concerning the operation of these units result in a significant amount of information over time. Consequently the method to access the information easily and in a timely manner can require improvement. The Steam Generator Knowledge Management project was developed as a mode to efficiently manage and integrate all knowledge and resources relevant to steam generators found in a variety of sources used by the CNSC to conduct assessments. From a regulatory point of view, the tool was created to facilitate the assessment process of inspection reports as well as licence renewal requests proposed by licensees. The project provides a concise and logical interface between the user and diverse resources involved in performing regulatory activities. These include links to standards, CNSC license documents, operating experience from other regulators and licensees, electronic banks of research documents, journal articles, studies, and previously submitted licensee reports and responses. The concept of knowledge mapping was applied using Excel and Access software in order to achieve these goals. This software uses an approach toward associating related concepts, which is modeled after the way in which the human brain is believed to acquire and assimilate new knowledge into its existing framework. This results in a network that is intuitively set up and conducive to the accumulation of further knowledge and resources. This paper provides an abridged account of the theory governing concept mapping, not to mention its origins and the impact generated by its application in an organizational milieu. In addition, an indication of those successful integrations of concept mapping into large organizations, both commercial and scientific, is provided. Finally, the integration of various distinct concepts and modes of information into a concise and logical schema will be demonstrated by means of the CNSC Steam Generator Knowledge Map system. (author)

  8. Concepts and strategy of functional food science: the European perspective.

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    Roberfroid, M B

    2000-06-01

    Recent knowledge supports the hypothesis that, beyond meeting nutrition needs, diet may modulate various functions in the body and play detrimental or beneficial roles in some diseases. Concepts in nutrition are expanding from emphasis on survival, hunger satisfaction, and preventing adverse effects to emphasizing the use of foods to promote a state of well-being and better health and to help reduce the risk of disease. In many countries, especially Japan and the United States, research on functional foods is addressing the physiologic effects and health benefits of foods and food components, with the aim of authorizing specific health claims. The positive effects of a functional food can be either maintaining a state of well-being and health or reducing the risk of pathologic consequences. Among the most promising targets for functional food science are gastrointestinal functions, redox and antioxidant systems, and metabolism of macronutrients. Ongoing research into functional foods will allow the establishment of health claims that can be translated into messages for consumers that will refer to either enhanced function or reduction of disease risk. Only a rigorous scientific approach that produces highly significant results will guarantee the success of this new discipline of nutrition. This presents a challenge for the scientific community, health authorities, and the food industry. PMID:10837311

  9. Designing problem-based curricula: The role of concept mapping in scaffolding learning for the health sciences

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    Susan M. Bridges

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available While the utility of concept mapping has been widely reported in primary and secondary educational contexts, its application in the health sciences in higher education has been less frequently noted. Two case studies of the application of concept mapping in undergraduate and postgraduate health sciences are detailed in this paper. The case in undergraduate dental education examines the role of concept mapping in supporting problem-based learning and explores how explicit induction into the principles and practices of CM has add-on benefits to learning in an inquiry-based curriculum. The case in postgraduate medical education describes the utility of concept mapping in an online inquiry-based module design. Specific attention is given to applications of CMapTools™ software to support the implementation of Novakian concept mapping in both inquiry-based curricular contexts.

  10. The Concept of Collision-free Motion Planning Using a Dynamic Collision Map

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    Cho, Keum-Bae; Cho, Seong-Yun

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we address a new method for the collision-free motion planning of a mobile robot in dynamic environments. The motion planner is based on the concept of a conventional collision map (CCM), represented on the L(travel length)-T(time) plane. We extend the CCM with dynamic information about obstacles, such as linear acceleration and angular velocity, providing useful information for estimating variation in the collision map. We first analyse the effect of the dynamic motion of an o...

  11. Allele-specific chemical genetics: concept, strategies, and applications.

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    Islam, Kabirul

    2015-02-20

    The relationship between DNA and protein sequences is well understood, yet because the members of a protein family/subfamily often carry out the same biochemical reaction, elucidating their individual role in cellular processes presents a challenge. Forward and reverse genetics have traditionally been employed to understand protein functions with considerable success. A fundamentally different approach that has gained widespread application is the use of small organic molecules, known as chemical genetics. However, the slow time-scale of genetics and inherent lack of specificity of small molecules used in chemical genetics have limited the applicability of these methods in deconvoluting the role of individual proteins involved in fast, dynamic biological events. Combining the advantages of both the techniques, the specificity achieved with genetics along with the reversibility and tunability of chemical genetics, has led to the development of a powerful approach to uncover protein functions in complex biological processes. This technique is known as allele-specific chemical genetics and is rapidly becoming an essential toolkit to shed light on proteins and their mechanism of action. The current review attempts to provide a comprehensive description of this approach by discussing the underlying principles, strategies, and successful case studies. Potential future implications of this technology in expanding the frontiers of modern biology are discussed. PMID:25436868

  12. Novel Translational Research Concepts and Strategies in Radiation Oncology

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    P. K. Goyal

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The discovery of X-rays by Roentgen in 1895 and the discovery of radiations emitted from Uranium compounds by Becquerel led to the establishment of the field of Radiation Sciences. When Radiation Sciences utilized the knowledge in the field of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Medicine, newer fields were established such as Radiation -Oncology, -Chemistry, -Biology, -Protection, - Physics, Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. Fields of Radiation Oncology and Radiation Biology have gained significant strides by embracing the modern concepts in molecular biology and physics of imaging. To discuss the recent trends and advances in these fields, Indian Society for Radiation Biology organized an “International Conference on Radiation Biology and Translational Research in Radiation Oncology (ICRB-TRRO” in Jaipur, India during November 10-12, 2008. The primary theme of this international meeting was to focus on the translational research perspectives in radiation oncology using radiation biology findings as a reservoir of ideas. The second major theme was to focus on research initiatives and recent perspectives in radiation protection. A common dynamic theme constantly interacted with the primary and secondary themes was an influx of extensive discussion on the scientific utility and validity of novel agents obtained from different traditional systems of Indian medicine and herbal plant extracts that can be potent radio-sensitizers as well as potent radio-protectors (as countermeasure agents. Overall, four major thrust areas of the conference such as Radiation-induced signaling networks, novel therapeutics for cancer,radiation-induced DNA damage-repair and novel imaging methods provided new insights and directions that had set roads to advancements in radiation biology.

  13. Radiation treatment of brain tumors: Concepts and strategies

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    Ionizing radiation has demonstrated clinical value for a multitude of CNS tumors. Application of the different physical modalities available has made it possible for the radiotherapist to concentrate the radiation in the region of the tumor with relative sparing of the surrounding normal tissues. Correlation of radiation dose with effect on cranial soft tissues, normal brain, and tumor has shown increasing effect with increasing dose. By using different physical modalities to alter the distribution of radiation dose, it is possible to increase the dose to the tumor and reduce the dose to the normal tissues. Alteration of the volume irradiated and the dose delivered to cranial soft tissues, normal brain, and tumor are strategies that have been effective in improving survival and decreasing complications. The quest for therapeutic gain using hyperbaric oxygen, neutrons, radiation sensitizers, chemotherapeutic agents, and BNCT has met with limited success. Both neoplastic and normal cells are affected simultaneously by all modalities of treatment, including ionizing radiation. Consequently, one is unable to totally depopulate a tumor without irreversibly damaging the normal tissues. In the case of radiation, it is the brain that limits delivery of curative doses, and in the case of chemical additives, it is other organ systems, such as bone marrow, liver, lung, kidneys, and peripheral nerves. Thus, the major obstacle in the treatment of malignant gliomas is our inability to preferentially affect the tumor with the modalities available. Until it is possible to directly target the neoplastic cell without affecting so many of the adjacent normal cells, the quest for therapeutic gain will go unrealized.72 references

  14. Evaluation of Matching Strategies for Image-Based Mobile Mapping

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    Cavegn, S.; Haala, N.; Nebiker, S.; Rothermel, M.; Zwölfer, T.

    2015-08-01

    The paper presents the implementation of a dense multi-view stereo matching pipeline for the evaluation of image sequences from a camera-based mobile mapping system. For this purpose the software system SURE is taken as a basis. Originally this system was developed to provide 3D point clouds or DEM from standard airborne and terrestrial image blocks. Since mobile mapping scenarios typically include stereo configurations with camera motion predominantly in viewing direction, processing steps like image rectification and structure computation of the existing processing pipeline had to be adapted. The presented investigations are based on imagery captured by the mobile mapping system of the Institute of Geomatics Engineering in the city center of Basel, Switzerland. For evaluation, reference point clouds from terrestrial laser scanning are used. Our first results already demonstrate a considerable increase in reliability and completeness of both depth maps and point clouds as result of the matching process.

  15. Making clinical case-based learning in veterinary medicine visible: analysis of collaborative concept-mapping processes and reflections.

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    Khosa, Deep K; Volet, Simone E; Bolton, John R

    2014-01-01

    The value of collaborative concept mapping in assisting students to develop an understanding of complex concepts across a broad range of basic and applied science subjects is well documented. Less is known about students' learning processes that occur during the construction of a concept map, especially in the context of clinical cases in veterinary medicine. This study investigated the unfolding collaborative learning processes that took place in real-time concept mapping of a clinical case by veterinary medical students and explored students' and their teacher's reflections on the value of this activity. This study had two parts. The first part investigated the cognitive and metacognitive learning processes of two groups of students who displayed divergent learning outcomes in a concept mapping task. Meaningful group differences were found in their level of learning engagement in terms of the extent to which they spent time understanding and co-constructing knowledge along with completing the task at hand. The second part explored students' and their teacher's views on the value of concept mapping as a learning and teaching tool. The students' and their teacher's perceptions revealed congruent and contrasting notions about the usefulness of concept mapping. The relevance of concept mapping to clinical case-based learning in veterinary medicine is discussed, along with directions for future research. PMID:25270652

  16. The Concept of Resilience from a Normative Perspective: Examples from Dutch Adaptation Strategies

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    Andrea M. Keessen

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Both in academic literature and political practice, resilience is becoming a central evaluative concept for assessing climate adaptation policies. This makes sense because society's main challenge in an altering the environment is to adapt to the inevitable changes. However, applying the concept of resilience to devise adaptation strategies reveals that social-ecological resilience acquires different meanings depending on the social context. There is no straightforward application of resilience. In this contribution, it will be argued that giving meaning to the concept of resilience in adaptation strategies requires making normative choices. These choices concern whether there is a public interest in adaptation, the distribution of private and public responsibilities, and striking a balance between individual rights and general interests. Because these normative choices can be questioned and revised, it is important that they are made explicit to enable a democratic debate on the direction that adaptation strategies should take. Simply referring to the concept of resilience in an adaptation strategy does not suffice, but occludes this discussion. Through formulating and applying a condensed scheme of politico-theoretical approaches that underpin diverging adaptation approaches, this contribution reveals the various underlying normative assumptions and explicates the relevant political choices. Three Dutch adaptation strategies serve as empirical examples. They illustrate the importance of the societal context in giving meaning to resilience in the development of adaptation strategies.

  17. Enriching traditional biology lectures digital concept maps and their influence on cognition and motivation

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    Steffen Schaal

    2010-01-01

    Higher education deals with complex knowledge and university teaching should focus on conceptual understanding. Adequate knowledge structures are essential and active knowledge construction should be supported for meaningful learning. But traditional lectures mostly are structured by slides which may misleadingly cause linear representations of knowledge. In this study, a framework for digital concept maps was developed to complement lectures in human biology. The course was aimed at student ...

  18. Tracking the stages of learning: concept maps as representations of liminal space

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    John Cuthell; Christina Preston

    2012-01-01

    The concept of liminal space has recently been applied to ways of learning: the learning journey through this space encounters difficulties and misunderstandings, that are resolved as knowledge is mastered. Since 1992 the MirandaNet Fellowship, a growing international community of educators, has investigated the ways in which this relates to the collaborative learning in the liminal space of the Internet. These professionals have explored social networking, microblogging, digital mind mapping...

  19. Concept mapping in legal documents. Case study : The translation of family law for Moroccan migrants

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    Id-Youss, Houssine; Steurs, Frieda

    2015-01-01

    Concept mapping in legal documents. Case study : The translation of family law for Moroccan migrants . LaHoussine Id-Youss & Frieda Steurs KU Leuven Abstract : The translation of legal documents is one of the most important activities for many translators. Looking at the internationalization of many activities, mobility of citizens and migration has increased. People migrate for economic reasons, looking for new employments elsewhere. This causes an increased used of new ...

  20. Comparing the Effect of Concept Mapping and Conventional Methods on Nursing Students’ Practical Skill Score

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    Rasoul Zadeh

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Background Development of practical skills in the field of nursing education has remained a serious and considerable challenge in nursing education. Moreover, newly graduated nurses may have weak practical skills, which can be a threat to patients’ safety. Objectives The present study was conducted to compare the effect of concept mapping and conventional methods on nursing students’ practical skills. Patients and Methods This quasi-experimental study was conducted on 70 nursing students randomly assigned into two groups of 35 people. The intervention group was taught through concept mapping method, while the control group was taught using conventional method. A two-part instrument was used including a demographic information form and a checklist for direct observation of procedural skills. Descriptive statistics, chi-square, independent samples t-tests and paired t-test were used to analyze data. Results Before education, no significant differences were observed between the two groups in the three skills of cleaning (P = 0.251, injection (P = 0.185 and sterilizing (P = 0.568. The students mean scores were significantly increased after the education and the difference between pre and post intervention of students mean scores were significant in the both groups (P < 0.001. However, after education, in all three skills the mean scores of the intervention group were significantly higher than the control group (P < 0.001. Conclusions Concept mapping was superior to conventional skill teaching methods. It is suggested to use concept mapping in teaching practical courses such as fundamentals of nursing.

  1. Effect of Concept Mapping on Approach to Learning Among Nursing Students

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    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Background & Aim: Most of the recent studies in nursing education have been focused on outcomes of learning. Conventional clinical nursing education, which emphasizes on skill acquisitions, may not encourage students to adopt meaningful or deep learning approaches. This study examined the effect of Concept Mapping on learning approaches among nursing students.Methods & Materials: In this quasi-experimental study, 53 nursing students were randomly divided into two control (n=25 and experimental (n=28 groups. We taught concept mapping for the nurses in the experimental group to use it in caring patients and learning clinical skills. The control group received traditional nursing care plan lessons. Before and at the end of the intervention, the students' approach to learning was assessed using the Study Process Questionnaire. Data was analyzed using independent t test.Results: No statistically significant difference was found between the control and experimental groups on demographics, surface and deep approaches to learning at the beginning of the study (P>0.05. Deep approach to learning increased significantly in the experimental group after the intervention (P=0.03. There was also statistically significant difference in the deep approach to learning between two groups (P=0.02. No statistically significant difference was found in the surface approaches to learning between two groups.Conclusion: The results of this study provided empirical support for the use of concept mapping as a meta cognitive intervention to increase students' meaningful learning and academic achievement.

  2. Using Concept Maps to Assess the Effect of Graphing Calculators Use on Students' Concept Images of the Derivative at a Point

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    Serhan, Derar

    2009-01-01

    This study used concept maps to investigate the effect of using graphing calculators on students' understanding of the derivative at a point. The study looked for differences between the concept images that are held by students' who are using graphing calculators and the students who are not using them. Seventy one students enrolled in two…

  3. A Balanced Scorecard With Strategy Map: Measuring the Value of a Nursing Sabbatical.

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    Embree, Jennifer L; Swenty, Constance F; Schaar, Gina

    2015-01-01

    Seasoned nurses frequently resign from their positions due to burnout. An innovative idea that could support nurse retention is nurse sabbaticals. Balanced scorecards with strategy maps can display financial benefit, positive customer experience, and operational and human capital development required to initiate and sustain a professional nurse sabbatical. A balanced scorecard with strategy map is an effective tool that demonstrates connection between the organizational mission and the outcomes of a nurse sabbatical program. PMID:25764278

  4. Constructing Balanced Scorecard and Strategy Map : Case: J & J Lakkapää Oy

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    Faruque, Muhammad

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT Faruque, Muhammad Omar 2012. Constructing Balanced Scorecard and Strategy Map. Case: J & J Lakkapää Oy. Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences. Business and Culture. Page 59. Appendices 3. The objectives of this research is to construct a Balanced Scorecard, a performance measurement system, and design a strategy map, an innovation of Balanced Scorecard, for J & J Lakkapää Oy. J & J Lakkapää Oy is a private limited company working in the field of full service hardware and ...

  5. Exploring Concept Map and Its Role As Knowledge Assessment Tool (2009-2012

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    Kumar R, Sarukesi K, Uma G V

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available This study was carried out to explore and analyze Concept Map (CM and its role as knowledge assessment tool in the educational setups (traditional, e-learning and m-learning. A CM is a two dimensional graph based visual diagram which includes many concepts and relationships among the concepts in a hierarchical manner, which helps the user to organize knowledge and to accommodate to different learning styles. This report provides a broad understanding of CM and research & development activities that took place during the period chosen for this study. Further to this, the findings are discussed briefly to provide a better insight of the field and suggest directions for future research.

  6. A Manufacturing Strategy: An Overview of Related Concepts, Principles and Techniques

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    Farhana Ferdousi; Amir Ahmed

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to define and discuss the related concepts, tools and techniques of lean production system- a widely used manufacturing strategy. This paper basically introduces the most basic lean tools and techniques necessary to understand this management philosophy and reap its full benefits. Since the term associated with lean practice pose problems of definition and concept, it is therefore deemed necessary to outline the basic elements connected with the lean production. T...

  7. Constructing a strategy map for banking institutions with key performance indicators of the balanced scorecard.

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    Wu, Hung-Yi

    2012-08-01

    This study presents a structural evaluation methodology to link key performance indicators (KPIs) into a strategy map of the balanced scorecard (BSC) for banking institutions. Corresponding with the four BSC perspectives (finance, customer, internal business process, and learning and growth), the most important evaluation indicators of banking performance are synthesized from the relevant literature and screened by a committee of experts. The Decision Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL) method, a multiple criteria analysis tool, is then employed to determine the causal relationships between the KPIs, to identify the critical central and influential factors, and to establish a visualized strategy map with logical links to improve banking performance. An empirical application is provided as an example. According to the expert evaluations, the three most essential KPIs for banking performance are customer satisfaction, sales performance, and customer retention rate. The DEMATEL results demonstrate a clear road map to assist management in prioritizing the performance indicators and in focusing attention on the strategy-related activities of the crucial indicators. According to the constructed strategy map, management could better invest limited resources in the areas that need improvement most. Although these strategy maps of the BSC are not universal, the research results show that the presented approach is an objective and feasible way to construct strategy maps more justifiably. The proposed framework can be applicable to institutions in other industries as well. PMID:22410163

  8. AACR 2010: Strategy for Mapping of 20 Cancers - TCGA

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    TCGA held an NCI-sponsored session at the American Association for Cancer Research's (AACR) 101st Annual Meeting 2010 to address the program’s Phase II structure and strategies for sample acquisition, evolving technologies, data management and analysis.

  9. Methodical Aspects of Applying Strategy Map in an Organization

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    Piotr Markiewicz

    2013-01-01

    One of important aspects of strategic management is the instrumental aspect included in a rich set of methods and techniques used at particular stages of strategic management process. The object of interest in this study is the development of views and the implementation of strategy as an element of strategic management and instruments in the form of methods and techniques. The commonly used method in strategy implementation and measuring progress is Balanced Scorecard (BSC). The method was c...

  10. Ranking and Mapping the Contributions by Overseas Chinese Strategy Scholars

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    Li, Weiwen; Li, Peter Ping; Shu, Cheng; Zhou, Meihua

    2015-01-01

    The authors comment on an article by H. Jiao and colleagues regarding development of a ranking of overseas Chines strategy scholars in terms of their contributions to the strategy research. Topics include selection of 24 business journals ranked by the University of Texas at Dallas for their...... research; identifying authors who had published articles in periodicals such as "Management and Organization Review;" and development of a coding protocol and discussing coding procedure.....

  11. What is strategy? The concept and model for its application in the Czech security strategy

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    Jan Ludvík

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The article conceptually explains the notion of strategy. Drawing on its understanding by well-established authorities like Carl von Clausewitz, Basil Liddel Hart, André Beaufre, or Colin Gray, the authors discuss strengths and weaknesses of various views. Furthermore, the article employs Arthur Lykke’s definition of strategy to demonstrate various conceptual requirements. Strategy is thus perceived as the relationship among means, ends, and ways. Crucial implications for a development of the Czech strategic documents are further examined. The article argues that, the vital importance of coherent interconnection of all the afore-mentioned parts of the strategy has been so far neglected in this process. It is suggested that particular attention should be paid to the clear formulation of a goal, which is the prerequisite for any meaningful strategy. However, any goals must be developed with the close relation to the available or potentially attainable resources, and purposeful ways how to employ them. The whole process is best described as the hermeneutic circle.

  12. Improving information retrieval with dialogue mapping and concept mapping tools : training university teachers to use a new method and integrate information searching exercises into their own instruction

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    Palmgren, Virpi; Heino, Kirsi; Nevalainen, Jouni

    2007-01-01

    The Library of Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) has almost 40 years' experience in teaching information retrieval, but has recently revised its training methods. During autumn 2006 the library and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering started an interesting co-operation. New software for making mind maps, concept maps and dialogue maps are being used for structuring information retrieval. This project got a warm reception because it can be adapted throughout the university...

  13. The Role of IQ in the Use of Cognitive Strategies to Learn Information from a Map

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    Cho, Seokhee

    2010-01-01

    The role of IQ in individual differences in real-life problem solving and strategies use was explored. Repeated trials of learning and recall of information from a map were analyzed with high IQ and average IQ Korean students. IQ correlated with the selection and use of strategies in recall. However, the performance and strategic behaviors of…

  14. An analysis of strategies used by chemistry instructors to address student alternate conceptions in chemical equilibrium

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    Piquette, Jeff Stephen

    This study explored general-chemistry instructors' awareness of and ability to identify common student alternate conceptions in chemical equilibrium. Instructor strategies directed at remediation of student alternate conceptions were also investigated and compared to successful, literature-based conceptual change methods. Fifty-two general chemistry instructor volunteers from 50 U.S. colleges and universities completed an interactive web-based survey that gathered their responses to open-ended questions, a rating scale, classroom scenarios, and a demographic form. The three scenarios asked respondents to evaluate hypothetical student exam answers, justify their evaluations, and report how they would assist students to better understand ideas about which they held alternate conceptions. Survey respondents who provided responses or remediation strategies that needed further clarification were sampled (n = 6); each amplified their views in an individual, researcher-led semi-structured phone interview. All survey responses and interview transcriptions were independently analyzed by three raters who followed Patton's (1990) guidelines for qualitative data analysis. Data analysis established that all 52 instructors of chemistry were able to report and identify common student alternate conceptions in chemical equilibrium. Those instructor-reported alternate conceptions were congruent with previously identified alternate conceptions (misconceptions) found in published literature, thus providing validation support for the earlier compilations. This study revealed that chemistry instructors employ a variety of strategies in efforts to address and remediate alternate conceptions. However, those strategies rarely include all four conditions outlined by Posner, Strike, Hewson, and Gertzog (1982) needed to stimulate conceptual change in students. Instructors are thus encouraged to become familiar with successful conceptual change strategies, using such methods as appropriate in their classrooms. Study participants offered some speculation about possible sources of student alternate conceptions. Further research into such origins is recommended so student acquisition of alternate conceptions about chemical equilibrium might be anticipated and possibly minimized. The strategy of using web-based technology as a faculty-survey technique was found to be convenient and powerful. Instructors and researchers are encouraged to continue exploring positive and negative aspects of web-based data-gathering techniques in future survey-based educational research.

  15. A utilização de mapas conceituais como recurso didático para a construção e inter-relação de conceitos / Using concept maps as a teaching resource for building and interrelating concepts

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    Valter, Carabetta Júnior.

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Os mapas conceituais, criados por Novak com base na teoria de Ausubel, podem constituir para os alunos uma estratégia pedagógica de grande relevância para a construção de conceitos científicos, ajudando-os a integrar e relacionar informações e atribuir significado ao que estão estudando. Este artigo [...] descreve o trabalho realizado com alunos de um curso de Medicina usando mapas conceituais, tomando por base os "temas geradores" criados na disciplina de Atenção Básica em Saúde a partir da constatação dos principais problemas de saúde da região em que está localizada a escola médica. A utilização dos mapas constituiu um recurso metodológico relevante por se alinhar a uma formação teórica adequada às necessárias intervenções na realidade estudada e por facilitar a apropriação de conceitos científicos pelos alunos. Abstract in english Concept maps, created by Novak and based on Ausubel's theory, can represent an important pedagogical strategy for students to learn about the construction of scientific concepts, helping them to integrate and correlate information, as well as assign meaning to what they are studying. In this article [...] , we describe the work carried out with medical students using concept maps drawing on "generator themes" created in the discipline of Primary Health Care, based on the main health problems found in the local area. According to our studies, the use of maps can constitute an important methodological resource, supporting the alignment of adequate theoretical training to the interventions required in real life, as well as facilitating the appropriation of scientific concepts by students.

  16. Concept-mapping as a teaching method to facilitate critical thinking in nursing education: A review of the literature

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    Mary M., Chabeli.

    Full Text Available Nursing students are exposed to a vast amount of information and reading material that is very specific, technical, and new to the students. Unless nurse educators provide a learning environment that promotes understanding through interaction, students might only commit unassimilated information to [...] their short-term memory through rote learning, and no meaningful learning will occur. Nursing students must be able to link learned facts, concepts and principles with new knowledge in order to make sound rational decisions in practice (All & Havens 1997:1210, 1213). The aim of this paper is to describe the utilisation of concept-mapping as a teaching method to facilitate critical thinking by students in nursing education. The description of the utilisation of concept-mapping is done from the theoretical framework of concept-mapping and critical thinking to provide the epistemological basis for concept-mapping (Facione 1990:6, 13). Based on the exploration and description of the theoretical frameworks, four steps to facilitate critical thinking were formulated through concept-mapping on the basis of the educational process: the identification, interactive constructing process, formulation and evaluation steps. It is concluded that the utilisation of these steps will assist nurse educators to implement concept-mapping as a teaching method to facilitate critical thinking by student nurses in nursing education. Recommendations are made.

  17. Using Concept Mapping in the Development of a School of Public Health.

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    Hsu, Laura J; Pacheco, Misty Y; Crabtree, Christopher; Maddock, Jay E

    2015-07-01

    Schools of Public Health have a wide variety of essential stakeholders. Broad input in program planning should assist in ensuring well-developed plans and strong community buy-in. The planning of a school can better address the needs of multiple stakeholders from systematic broad-based input from these constituents using concept mapping. In this study, we used concept mapping to prioritize a set of recommendations from diverse stakeholders to assist in the process of planning a school. A set of statements was generated on essential elements for the proposed school from a broad group of stakeholders. The statements were then distilled into unique themes, which were then rated on importance and feasibility. Cluster maps and pattern matches were used to analyze the ratings. Unique themes (N = 147) were identified and grouped into 12 clusters. Cluster themes included leadership, faculty, culture, school, and curriculum. Pattern matches revealed a significant, modest correlation between importance and feasibility (r = 0.27). A broad range of perspectives was used to identify relevant areas to address in the development of a school. PMID:26225267

  18. The use of concept maps during knowledge elicitation in ontology development processes – the nutrigenomics use case

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    Taylor Chris

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Incorporation of ontologies into annotations has enabled 'semantic integration' of complex data, making explicit the knowledge within a certain field. One of the major bottlenecks in developing bio-ontologies is the lack of a unified methodology. Different methodologies have been proposed for different scenarios, but there is no agreed-upon standard methodology for building ontologies. The involvement of geographically distributed domain experts, the need for domain experts to lead the design process, the application of the ontologies and the life cycles of bio-ontologies are amongst the features not considered by previously proposed methodologies. Results Here, we present a methodology for developing ontologies within the biological domain. We describe our scenario, competency questions, results and milestones for each methodological stage. We introduce the use of concept maps during knowledge acquisition phases as a feasible transition between domain expert and knowledge engineer. Conclusion The contributions of this paper are the thorough description of the steps we suggest when building an ontology, example use of concept maps, consideration of applicability to the development of lower-level ontologies and application to decentralised environments. We have found that within our scenario conceptual maps played an important role in the development process.

  19. Strategies reported used by instructors to address student alternate conceptions in chemical equilibrium

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    Piquette, Jeff S.; Heikkinen, Henry W.

    2005-12-01

    This study explores general-chemistry instructors' awareness of and ability to identify and address common student learning obstacles in chemical equilibrium. Reported instructor strategies directed at remediating student alternate conceptions were investigated and compared with successful, literature-based conceptual change methods. Fifty-two volunteer general chemistry instructors from 50 U.S. colleges and universities completed an interactive web-based instrument consisting of open-ended questions, a rating scale, classroom scenarios, and a demographic form. Survey respondents who provided responses or described remediation strategies requiring further clarification were identified (n = 6); these respondents amplified their views in separate, researcher-led semistructured phone interviews. All 52 responding chemistry instructors reported and identified common student areas of difficulty in chemical equilibrium. They reported employing a variety of strategies to address and attempt to remediate students' alternate conceptions; however, these self-reported strategies rarely included all four necessary conditions specified by Posner, Strike, Hewson, and Gertzog (Science Education, 66, 211-217, 1982) to stimulate conceptual change. Instructor-identified student alternate conceptions were congruent with literature-reported alternate conceptions of chemical equilibrium, thus providing validation support for these compilations. Implications for teaching and further research are also highlighted.

  20. Mastering Leadership Concepts through Utilizing Critical Thinking Strategies within Educational Administration Courses at Kuwait University

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    Alqahtani, Abdulmuhsen Ayedh; Al-Enezi, Mutlaq M.

    2012-01-01

    The current study aims at exploring the students' perceptions of mastering leadership concepts and critical thinking strategies implemented by faculty members in the college of education at Kuwait University, and the impact of the later on former. The data was collected using a questionnaire on a sample consisting of 411 students representing…

  1. Effectiveness of Web Quest Strategy in Acquiring Geographic Concepts among Eighth Grade Students in Jordan

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    AL-Edwan, Zaid Suleiman

    2014-01-01

    This study aimed at identifying the Effectiveness of using Web Quest Strategy in acquiring the geographic concepts among eighth grade students in Jordan. The study individuals consisted of (119) students in the scholastic year 2013-2014. Four sections were randomly selected from two schools divided into experimental and control groups. They were…

  2. Academic Self-Concept and Learning Strategies: Direction of Effect on Student Academic Achievement

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    McInerney, Dennis M.; Cheng, Rebecca Wing-yi; Mok, Magdalena Mo Ching; Lam, Amy Kwok Hap

    2012-01-01

    This study examined the prediction of academic self-concept (English and Mathematics) and learning strategies (deep and surface), and their direction of effect, on academic achievement (English and Mathematics) of 8,354 students from 16 secondary schools in Hong Kong. Two competing models were tested to ascertain the direction of effect: Model A…

  3. Strategies Reported Used by Instructors to Address Student Alternate Conceptions in Chemical Equilibrium

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    Piquette, Jeff S.; Heikkinen, Henry W.

    2005-01-01

    This study explores general-chemistry instructors' awareness of and ability to identify and address common student learning obstacles in chemical equilibrium. Reported instructor strategies directed at remediating student alternate conceptions were investigated and compared with successful, literature-based conceptual change methods. Fifty-two…

  4. Strategic political postures and political market orientation : Towards an integrated concept of political marketing strategy

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    Ormrod, Robert P.; Henneberg, Stephan C.

    2010-01-01

    Recently, the areas of strategic political marketing and political market orientation have been the subject of several conceptual articles which have provided the theoretical foundations for further empirical work. However, despite the close conceptual relatedness of the proposed concepts, these have yet to be integrated to provide a more nuanced framework which both researchers and political marketing practitioners can utilise in the development of strategies and offerings with which to achieve their organizational goals. The aim of this conceptual paper is to address this deficit by developing an integrated concept of political marketing strategy using two complementary frameworks, namely Strategic Political Postures (SPP) and Political Market Orientation (PMO). We introduce the two main concepts and derive for each of the strategic posture-specific PMO profiles as well as inter-construct relationships.

  5. Integrated environmental mapping and monitoring, a methodological approach to optimise knowledge gathering and sampling strategy.

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    Nilssen, Ingunn; Ødegård, Øyvind; Sørensen, Asgeir J; Johnsen, Geir; Moline, Mark A; Berge, Jørgen

    2015-07-15

    New technology has led to new opportunities for a holistic environmental monitoring approach adjusted to purpose and object of interest. The proposed integrated environmental mapping and monitoring (IEMM) concept, presented in this paper, describes the different steps in such a system from mission of survey to selection of parameters, sensors, sensor platforms, data collection, data storage, analysis and to data interpretation for reliable decision making. The system is generic; it can be used by authorities, industry and academia and is useful for planning- and operational phases. In the planning process the systematic approach is also ideal to identify areas with gap of knowledge. The critical stages of the concept is discussed and exemplified by two case studies, one environmental mapping and one monitoring case. As an operational system, the IEMM concept can contribute to an optimised integrated environmental mapping and monitoring for knowledge generation as basis for decision making. PMID:25956441

  6. Tracking the stages of learning: concept maps as representations of liminal space

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    John Cuthell

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The concept of liminal space has recently been applied to ways of learning: the learning journey through this space encounters difficulties and misunderstandings, that are resolved as knowledge is mastered. Since 1992 the MirandaNet Fellowship, a growing international community of educators, has investigated the ways in which this relates to the collaborative learning in the liminal space of the Internet. These professionals have explored social networking, microblogging, digital mind mapping, distributed video and other innovative technologies to determine how they can be deployed through grassroots collaboration to build the theory and practice of new professional knowledge. The use of collaborative digital mind maps affords tools for the analysis of the stages and development of collaborative learning. From these shared liminal spaces beyond the screen provocative questions emerge about the relationship between learning, collaboration and innovation.

  7. The Effect of Concept Mapping on L2 Writing Performance: Examining Possible Effects of Trait-Level Writing Anxiety

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    Naoko Machida; David J. Dalsky

    2014-01-01

    Research on anxiety in a foreign language-learning context is well-documented; however, few studies have directly focused on anxiety occurring within writing contexts despite the fact that writing anxiety is known to affect students’ learning. The present study examined the effectiveness of concept mapping considering students’ writing anxiety. Participants completed writing anxiety scales and were randomly assigned to three groups before completing a writing task: concept mapping, idea listi...

  8. Methodology and applicability of a safety and demonstration concept for a HAW final repository on clays. Safety concept and verification strategy

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    The report describes the site independent frame for a safety concept and verification strategy for a final repository for heat generating wastes in clay rock. In the safety concept planning specifications and technical measures are summarized that are supposed to allow a safe inclusion of radionuclides in the host rock. The verification strategy defines the systematic procedures for the development of fundamentals and scenarios as basis for the demonstration of the safety case and to allow the prognosis of appropriateness. The report includes the boundary conditions, the safety concept for the post-closure phase and the verification strategy for the post-closure phase.

  9. Using concept mapping for needs analysis for a social support system in learning network

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    Danish Nadeem; Slavi Stoyanov; Rob Koper

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes the needs analysis of tool for connecting people in a Learning Network using Group Concept Mapping method. We conducted an empirical study to identify the most relevant features of such a tool. There were 11 experts from 7 different countries with technical and non-technical background who participated in the study. Each of the participants were invited by email and given a brief description about the scenario for the need of a tool in an online Learning Network to find p...

  10. Use of Concept Mapping to Enhance and Update an Educational CD ROM About Mars

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    Metzger, Ellen P.

    1998-01-01

    Last year, the Center for Mars Exploration (CMEX) at NASA Ames Research Center issued its 'Return to Mars 1997' educational CD ROM. This CD, produced under the guidance of Dr. Geoffrey Briggs, summarized the on-going exploration of Mars and consisted of six sub-topics: (1) Life on Mars?; (2) Mars, The Red Planet; (3) Human Exploration; (4) Robotic Missions; (5) Atlas and Image Processing; and (6) Links for Teachers. Although the CD contained a wealth of information, its format does not allow ready retrieval of information on a specific topic or concept. CMEX is working with Dr. Alberto Canas and colleagues at the University of West Florida to improve the CD's user interface through the use of concept mapping.

  11. Use of Concept Mapping to Enhance and Update an Educational CD ROM About Mars

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    Metzger, Ellen P.

    1998-10-01

    Last year, the Center for Mars Exploration (CMEX) at NASA Ames Research Center issued its 'Return to Mars 1997' educational CD ROM. This CD, produced under the guidance of Dr. Geoffrey Briggs, summarized the on-going exploration of Mars and consisted of six sub-topics: (1) Life on Mars?; (2) Mars, The Red Planet; (3) Human Exploration; (4) Robotic Missions; (5) Atlas and Image Processing; and (6) Links for Teachers. Although the CD contained a wealth of information, its format does not allow ready retrieval of information on a specific topic or concept. CMEX is working with Dr. Alberto Canas and colleagues at the University of West Florida to improve the CD's user interface through the use of concept mapping.

  12. Mapas conceptuales: Una estrategia para el aprendizaje / Conceptual maps: A learning strategy

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    María, Vidal Ledo; Niurka, Vialart Vidal; Daynes, Ríos Vialart.

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Se planteó la construcción y uso de mapas conceptuales como una estrategia para el aprendizaje significativo a partir de las ideas y teoría de D. Ausubel. Este instrumento creado por J. Novak para guiar a los estudiantes en la representación del conocimiento, organización de los materiales de aprend [...] izaje o para encontrar los procedimientos a seguir en la resolución de problemas, entre otros aspectos, es la principal herramienta metodológica de esta teoría. Ellos tienen 3 elementos fundamentales: concepto, proposición y palabras de enlace y se caracterizan por la jerarquización de los conceptos, constituyendo una herramienta eficaz para el desarrollo científico de los estudiantes. Se describieron las formas de representación, pasos, método didáctico y tecnologías para su construcción, concluyendo que constituyen un método eficaz en el desarrollo de habilidades cognoscitivas y deductivas y puede ser empleado en la solución de problemas de manera creativa y autónoma. Abstract in english Design and use of conceptual maps was proposed as a significative learning strategy from D. Ausubel ideas and theory. This tool of J. Novak, designed for guidance of students in knowledge representation, organization of learning material, or to find procedures to ensue in solution of problems, among [...] st other thing, it the main methodological tool of this theory. Have three essential elements: concept, proposal, and link words, and are characterized by concepts hierarchization, being an efficacious tool for student scientific development. Authors described representation ways, steps, didactic method, and technologies for its creation. It is conclude that it is efficacious method in development of cognitive and deducible abilities, and also that it may be used in problem solution in a creative and autonomous way.

  13. Mapas conceptuales: Una estrategia para el aprendizaje Conceptual maps: A learning strategy

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    María Vidal Ledo

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Se planteó la construcción y uso de mapas conceptuales como una estrategia para el aprendizaje significativo a partir de las ideas y teoría de D. Ausubel. Este instrumento creado por J. Novak para guiar a los estudiantes en la representación del conocimiento, organización de los materiales de aprendizaje o para encontrar los procedimientos a seguir en la resolución de problemas, entre otros aspectos, es la principal herramienta metodológica de esta teoría. Ellos tienen 3 elementos fundamentales: concepto, proposición y palabras de enlace y se caracterizan por la jerarquización de los conceptos, constituyendo una herramienta eficaz para el desarrollo científico de los estudiantes. Se describieron las formas de representación, pasos, método didáctico y tecnologías para su construcción, concluyendo que constituyen un método eficaz en el desarrollo de habilidades cognoscitivas y deductivas y puede ser empleado en la solución de problemas de manera creativa y autónoma.Design and use of conceptual maps was proposed as a significative learning strategy from D. Ausubel ideas and theory. This tool of J. Novak, designed for guidance of students in knowledge representation, organization of learning material, or to find procedures to ensue in solution of problems, amongst other thing, it the main methodological tool of this theory. Have three essential elements: concept, proposal, and link words, and are characterized by concepts hierarchization, being an efficacious tool for student scientific development. Authors described representation ways, steps, didactic method, and technologies for its creation. It is conclude that it is efficacious method in development of cognitive and deducible abilities, and also that it may be used in problem solution in a creative and autonomous way.

  14. Prospect Theory and Choice Behaviour Strategies: Review and Synthesis of Concepts from Social and Transport sciences:

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    Van de Kaa, E.J.

    2010-01-01

    Utility Theory is commonly considered as the most useful descriptive theory of human choice behaviour. Alternative concepts are only incidentally considered. This paper reviews alternative assumptions and empirical findings about human choice behaviour. To facilitate comparison and synthesis the review starts with the proposal of a generic framework of choice behaviour. The micro- economic assumptions of Utility Theory and Prospect Theory are then mapped onto this framework. These are compare...

  15. Modeling Business Strategy: A meta-model of Strategy Maps and Balanced Scorecards

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    Giannoulis, Constantinos; Petit, Michaël; Zdravkovic, Jelena

    2011-01-01

    Business strategy is aimed to support the vision of an enterprise, by paving the way to achieve it through goals that direct the strategy's execution. However, there is a lack of means to establish and assess the alignment of business strategy and goal oriented requirements engineering. The objective of our ongoing research is to model business strategy in order to establish well-defined and traceable links with system requirements. In this paper, we propose a business strategy meta-mode...

  16. Supporting Students' Learning and Socioscientific Reasoning About Climate Change—the Effect of Computer-Based Concept Mapping Scaffolds

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    Eggert, Sabina; Nitsch, Anne; Boone, William J.; Nückles, Matthias; Bögeholz, Susanne

    2016-01-01

    Climate change is one of the most challenging problems facing today's global society (e.g., IPCC 2013). While climate change is a widely covered topic in the media, and abundant information is made available through the internet, the causes and consequences of climate change in its full complexity are difficult for individuals, especially non-scientists, to grasp. Science education is a field which can play a crucial role in fostering meaningful education of students to become climate literate citizens (e.g., NOAA 2009; Schreiner et al., 41, 3-50, 2005). If students are, at some point, to participate in societal discussions about the sustainable development of our planet, their learning with respect to such issues needs to be supported. This includes the ability to think critically, to cope with complex scientific evidence, which is often subject to ongoing inquiry, and to reach informed decisions on the basis of factual information as well as values-based considerations. The study presented in this paper focused on efforts to advance students in (1) their conceptual understanding about climate change and (2) their socioscientific reasoning and decision making regarding socioscientific issues in general. Although there is evidence that "knowledge" does not guarantee pro-environmental behavior (e.g. Schreiner et al., 41, 3-50, 2005; Skamp et al., 97(2), 191-217, 2013), conceptual, interdisciplinary understanding of climate change is an important prerequisite to change individuals' attitudes towards climate change and thus to eventually foster climate literate citizens (e.g., Clark et al. 2013). In order to foster conceptual understanding and socioscientific reasoning, a computer-based learning environment with an embedded concept mapping tool was utilized to support senior high school students' learning about climate change and possible solution strategies. The evaluation of the effect of different concept mapping scaffolds focused on the quality of student-generated concept maps, as well as on students' test performance with respect to conceptual knowledge as well as socioscientific reasoning and socioscientific decision making.

  17. Using Author Bylines and Concept Maps to Illustrate the Connectedness of Scientists

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Incorporating reading and discussing primary articles in undergraduate courses has been shown to enhance students’ learning, stimulate their interests in science, and retain them as science majors.  While instructors diligently coach students to scrutinize every section in an article thoroughly and critically, the author byline is often overlooked.  In this study, the author bylines of primary articles were used to illustrate the connectedness of scientists and the collaborative nature of science.  First year college students first learned how to construct a concept map and used concept maps to connect 14 scientists with 14 primary articles that these scientists authored.  In doing so, students visualized and understood science as human activity and science progresses as a community effort.  Pre- and post-activity questionnaires were used to evaluate whether the activity objectives were met.  Students further examined the structure and organization of a primary article after the activity and they were engaged in discussions such as how research ideas developed and evolved, the advantages and disadvantages of collaborative research, the ethics of authorships, graduate schools, and careers in science. Hopefully, perceiving the authors of primary articles as real people in a social network and science as the collaborative efforts may help students see themselves being a part of the scientific advancement and inspire them to pursue careers in science.

  18. Application of concept mapping principles to managing steam generator knowledge at CNSC

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    Nuclear knowledge management (KM) initiatives have been observed in many international agencies, industries and research facilities, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Canada.s own Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL). This paper presents a brief overview of the theory behind concept mapping, its origins and application potential in an organizational context. Successful applications of nuclear KM efforts by the IAEA, the Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), AECL and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA) are specifically highlighted in the report for comparison and contrast. In addition, a system based on concept mapping theory is recently designed and implemented in order to efficiently manage steam generator-related knowledge at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). This tool aims to act as a powerful information asset for storage and retrieval of explicit and implicit knowledge, and to integrate KM practices into the CNSC workplace, all while maintaining its simplicity and ease for future modifications and fine-tuning when needed. (author)

  19. Using concept mapping as a planning tool: Child welfare citizen review panels.

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    Miller, J Jay; Jones, Blake

    2015-12-01

    Citizen Review Panels (CRPs) are groups of citizen volunteers authorized by U.S. federal law to examine state child welfare agencies. These groups inspect policies and practices related to child protection responsibilities and are tasked with making recommendations for systemic improvement. Despite the federal mandate for each state to develop a CRP and the potential of these groups to positively impact child welfare practices, there is a dearth in the literature related to CRPs. Consequently, planning and evaluation processes of these groups vary widely. This study reports on the use of concept mapping (CM) to outline a framework for planning and subsequently evaluating the CRP in one southeastern state. CM is a mixed-method research approach that uses multi-dimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analyses to explore an area of study. Through these analyses, the method creates visual depictions of conceptual relationships between ideas. Data yielded a seven cluster concept map that CRP members (N=36) utilized for planning processes, and subsequently for developing an internal evaluation tool. Results from this study offer a unifying framework by which CRPs, and similar groups in other areas can utilize for planning and evaluation purposes. After a review of pertinent literature on CRPs, this article explicates CM processes utilized in this study, describes results, discusses lessons learned, and outlines apposite areas for future CRP research. PMID:26343491

  20. A Manufacturing Strategy: An Overview of Related Concepts, Principles and Techniques

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    Farhana Ferdousi

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to define and discuss the related concepts, tools and techniques of lean production system- a widely used manufacturing strategy. This paper basically introduces the most basic lean tools and techniques necessary to understand this management philosophy and reap its full benefits. Since the term associated with lean practice pose problems of definition and concept, it is therefore deemed necessary to outline the basic elements connected with the lean production. This study is an overview of the conceptual framework of lean. A desk study was conducted to gather relevant information in this regard.

  1. Curbing domestic violence: instantiating C-K theory with formal concept analysis and emergent self organizing maps

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    Poelmans, Jonas; Elzinga, Paul; Viaene, Stijn; Dedene, Guido

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we propose a human-centered process for knowledge discovery from unstructured text that makes use of Formal Concept Analysis and Emergent Self Organizing Maps. The knowledge discovery process is conceptualized and interpreted as successive iterations through the Concept-Knowledge (C-K) theory design square. To illustrate its effectiveness, we report on a real-life case study of using the process at the Amsterdam-Amstelland police in the Netherlands aimed at distilling concepts t...

  2. Mapping vulnerability and conservation adaptation strategies under climate change

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    Watson, James E. M.; Iwamura, Takuya; Butt, Nathalie

    2013-11-01

    Identification of spatial gradients in ecosystem vulnerability to global climate change and local stressors is an important step in the formulation and implementation of appropriate countermeasures. Here we build on recent work to map ecoregional exposure to future climate, using an envelope-based gauge of future climate stability--defined as a measure of how similar the future climate of a region will be to the present climate. We incorporate an assessment of each ecoregion's adaptive capacity, based on spatial analysis of its natural integrity--the proportion of intact natural vegetation--to present a measure of global ecosystem vulnerability. The relationship between intactness (adaptive capacity) and stability (exposure) varies widely across ecoregions, with some of the most vulnerable, according to this measure, located in southern and southeastern Asia, western and central Europe, eastern South America and southern Australia. To ensure the applicability of these findings to conservation, we provide a matrix that highlights the potential implications of this vulnerability assessment for adaptation planning and offers a spatially explicit management guide.

  3. Mapa conceitual: ensaiando critérios de análise / Concept map: testing analytical criteria

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    Lidia, Ruiz-Moreno; Maria Cecília, Sonzogno; Sylvia Helena da Silva, Batista; Nildo Alves, Batista.

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Os Mapas Conceituais constituem importante instrumento para acompanhar a aprendizagem, demandando compreender os processos de construção. Este trabalho se propõe a apresentar e discutir critérios de análise de mapas conceituais elaborados por pós-graduandos do Mestrado "Ensino em Ciências da Saúde". [...] Os critérios de análise foram: quantidade e qualidade de conceitos, níveis de hierarquia, número de inter-relações, palavras de enlace e proposições com significado lógico, estrutura do mapa, representatividade dos conteúdos e criatividade. Identificaram-se estruturas hierárquicas de significativa riqueza conceitual e representatividade dos temas trabalhados. Acredita-se que o processo de construção levou aos alunos a estabelecerem relações entre os novos conteúdos e seus conhecimentos prévios, criando maiores possibilidades de integração. A análise empreendida mostrou-se valiosa como uma ferramenta de trabalho para o professor da área da saúde, para desenvolver práticas avaliativas comprometidas em apreender os processos de aprendizagem dos alunos. Abstract in english Concept maps are an important instrument for following-up learning processes, and demand the comprehension of their construction methods. The purpose of this study is to present and discuss conceptual maps and their analysis criteria elaborated by students enrolled in the Master Program Teaching in [...] Health Sciences. The selection of analysis criteria were:the quantity and quality of concepts, levels of hierarchy, number of interrelations, words of connection and propositions which express logical meaning, structure of the map: sequential or network, representativeness of contents and creativity. Data were systematized regarding quantitative and qualitative dimensions. Hierarchical structures of rich conceptual meaning and representativeness of the analyzed themes were identified. It was concluded that the construction processes led the students to establish relationships between new contents and their previous knowledge thus creating new possibilities of integration. The analysis was effective as an instrument for the teacher in the health area to develop evaluative practices engaged in the student's learning processes.

  4. A new multicriteria risk mapping approach based on a multiattribute frontier concept.

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    Yemshanov, Denys; Koch, Frank H; Ben-Haim, Yakov; Downing, Marla; Sapio, Frank; Siltanen, Marty

    2013-09-01

    Invasive species risk maps provide broad guidance on where to allocate resources for pest monitoring and regulation, but they often present individual risk components (such as climatic suitability, host abundance, or introduction potential) as independent entities. These independent risk components are integrated using various multicriteria analysis techniques that typically require prior knowledge of the risk components' importance. Such information is often nonexistent for many invasive pests. This study proposes a new approach for building integrated risk maps using the principle of a multiattribute efficient frontier and analyzing the partial order of elements of a risk map as distributed in multidimensional criteria space. The integrated risks are estimated as subsequent multiattribute frontiers in dimensions of individual risk criteria. We demonstrate the approach with the example of Agrilus biguttatus Fabricius, a high-risk pest that may threaten North American oak forests in the near future. Drawing on U.S. and Canadian data, we compare the performance of the multiattribute ranking against a multicriteria linear weighted averaging technique in the presence of uncertainties, using the concept of robustness from info-gap decision theory. The results show major geographic hotspots where the consideration of tradeoffs between multiple risk components changes integrated risk rankings. Both methods delineate similar geographical regions of high and low risks. Overall, aggregation based on a delineation of multiattribute efficient frontiers can be a useful tool to prioritize risks for anticipated invasive pests, which usually have an extremely poor prior knowledge base. PMID:23339716

  5. On the Use of Concept Maps as an Assessment Tool in Science: What we have Learned so Far

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    María Araceli Ruiz Primo

    2000-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper I describe concept maps as an assessment tool to measure one aspect of achievement, the organization of propositional (declarative knowledge in a domain. A concept map-based assessment consists of a task that elicits structured knowledge, a response format, and a scoring system. Variation in tasks, response formats, and scoring systems produce different mapping techniques that may elicit different knowledge representations, posing construct-interpretation challenges. This paper provides an overview of the research on the technical characteristics of concept maps. It briefly describes some of the studies that have been conducted to this end, and what we have learned so far about this form of assessment.

  6. The mapping of an agile strategy in a new business world from atoms and recipes to bytes and mental agility

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    Stucki, Haris; Blili, Sam

    2015-01-01

    In a hostile post-industrial business environment characterized by globalisation and the immaterial age, we first establish an Initial Strategy Map which is based on the state of knowledge and focuses on the agility requirement. After this, based on the data collection of the empirical research, we adopt, synthesise and specify this initial framework as the Proposed Dynamic Strategy Map. Finally, as a result of an in-dept analysis of six business cases, the Proposed Dynamic Strategy Map is va...

  7. Global mapping strategies for a synthetic aperture radar system in orbit about Venus

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    Kerridge, S. J.

    1980-01-01

    An analysis of the global mapping of Venus using a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is presented. The geometry of the side-looking radar, the narrow swath width, and the slow rotation of Venus combine to constrain the methods required to produce such a map within the primary mapping mission of 121.5 days. Parametric studies indicate that multiple strategies can satisfy the requirements of the mission with reasonable assumptions for the total recording capacity, the downlink data rate, and the operating time of the SAR on each revolution.

  8. The central role of exploration in designing business concepts and strategy

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    Kirjavainen, Senni; Tua A. Björklund

    2011-01-01

    Design thinking is described as a combination of thinking and acting that leads to new solution possibilities for design problems. Though traditionally linked to the design of objects and services, it can be applied to organizational processes as well. This paper examines design thinking in developing a new business, focusing on the business concept and strategy formation in the start-up phase of the company. How and what elements of design thinking are manifested in the process of designing ...

  9. Rethinking the Concept of performance in strategy research: Towards a performativity perspective

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    Guérard, Stéphane; Langley, Ann; Seidl, David

    2013-01-01

    Organizational performance is an important concept in strategy research. In this paper, we interrogate the predominant focus on organizational performance as an aggregate organizational-level dependent variable and review three ways in which its role might be fruitfully reconsidered: (1) broadening consideration of performance to more disaggregated levels of analysis, (2) orienting research around the idea of performance as both input and outcome and finally (3) recasting performance in terms...

  10. STUDY ABOUT QUALITY ASSURANCE IN TEXTILE INDUSTRY BY IMPLEMENTING NEW CONCEPTS AND STRATEGIES

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    Monica Pustianu; Adina Bucevschi; Alexandru Popa; Erzsebet Airinei

    2011-01-01

    Implementing of a quality system in the textile industry requires the modernization of management andintroduction of new items in work organizing. This is an important and necessary step for any company to certifyof quality of the products. Implementing of new strategies and concepts regarding quality assurance leads at increased productivity, immediate and rapid improving of the technological processes, decrease of production costs, product quality increase, control of the products in a shor...

  11. Fostering Primary School Students' Understanding of Cells and Other Related Concepts with Interactive Computer Animation Instruction Accompanied by Teacher and Student-Prepared Concept Maps

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    Akpinar, Ercan; Ergin, Omer

    2008-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of instruction (application) including interactive computer animation accompanied by teacher and student-prepared concept maps on primary students' biology achievement during instruction, as well as revealing attitudes towards science as a school subject. A quasi-experimental…

  12. NITARP: Measuring The Effectiveness of an Authentic Research Experience in Secondary Astronomy Education Through Concept Mapping

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    Deeb, Elin; Rebull, Luisa M.; Black, David V.; Gibbs, John; Larsen, Estefania

    2015-01-01

    For secondary students to make use of astronomical data in a school setting, they previously needed access to large telescopes, expensive equipment and difficult-to-use software. This has improved as online data archives have become available; however, difficulties remain, including searching and downloading the data and translating it into formats that high school students can readily analyze. To address these issues, the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP) selects teams consisting of teachers and students from several schools. Each year, new teams of educators attend an introductory workshop at the winter AAS conference where they select a research project that will use the archived data. Throughout the spring, educators engage in weekly teleconferences, write proposals, and begin working with their students. The teams meet at Caltech in the summer to learn how to access and analyze the IPAC data and continue to work throughout the fall. Through this experience, participants learn how to search, download, translate, and analyze authentic astronomical data. They learn the nature of scientific communication through developing and presenting their findings alongside practicing astronomers at the following winter AAS. In order to measure how successful the 2014 NITARP summer visit was in teaching participating high school students the terminology and processes necessary to analyze IPAC data, students were asked to create concept maps showing the main and subsidiary ideas and concepts related to their research. They then synthesized their group webs into a master web. When additional terms and concepts were presented, the students were able to integrate them into the master web, showing that they understood the relationship of ideas, concepts, and processes needed for their research. Our companion poster, Gibbs et al., presents the scientific aspects of this project. This research was made possible through the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP) and was funded by the NASA Astrophysics Data Program.

  13. Differential-Associative Processing or Example Elaboration: Which Strategy Is Best for Learning the Definitions of Related and Unrelated Concepts?

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    Hannon, Brenda

    2012-01-01

    Definitions of related concepts (e.g., "genotype-phenotype") are prevalent in introductory classes. Consequently, it is important that educators and students know which strategy(s) work best for learning them. This study showed that a new comparative elaboration strategy, called differential-associative processing, was better for learning…

  14. Differential-Associative Processing or Example Elaboration: Which Strategy Is Best for Learning the Definitions of Related and Unrelated Concepts?

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    Hannon, Brenda

    2012-01-01

    Definitions of related concepts (e.g., "genotype-phenotype") are prevalent in introductory classes. Consequently, it is important that educators and students know which strategy(s) work best for learning them. This study showed that a new comparative elaboration strategy, called differential-associative processing, was better for learning…

  15. Prevalence of Mind Mapping as a Teaching and Learning Strategy in Physical Therapy Curricula

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    Zipp, Genevieve; Maher, Catherine

    2013-01-01

    Background and Purpose: Regardless of our discipline educators seek to create environments that actively engage students in their learning journey. One teaching and learning strategy that has emerged in higher education is mind mapping (MM). The purpose of this exploratory study was to determine the prevalence of MM usage in a health science…

  16. A Research on the Effects of Using Concept Cartoons and Mind Maps in Science Education

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    Ertu? Evrekli

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, one group pre-test post test design was used and tried to find out the effects of using concept cartoons and mind maps on students’ achievements, motivations, attitudes, and perceptions of inquiry learning skills. As a result of this study, a significant differences were found in students’ achievements and motivations, however; there was no significant differences in students’ attitudes, and perceptions of inquiry learning skills. When the analysis related to attitudes and perceptions of inquiry learning skills was examined, the analysis related to attitudes and inquiry learning skill perceptions, post test measurement was found higher than pre-test measurement. Besides, in this study, the participant students were separated into two groups according to their achievement levels and examined their results concerning dependent variables. The analysis showed that there was no significant differences between groups concerning their achievement, attitude, motivation and inquiry learning skills perceptions.

  17. Discovering Abstract Concepts to Aid Cross-Map Transfer for a Learning Agent

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    Herpson, Cédric; Corruble, Vincent

    The capacity to apply knowledge in a context different than the one in which it was learned has become crucial within the area of autonomous agents. This paper specifically addresses the issue of transfer of knowledge acquired through online learning in partially observable environments. We investigate the discovery of relevant abstract concepts which help the transfer of knowledge in the context of an environment characterized by its 2D geographical configuration. The architecture proposed is tested in a simple grid-world environment where two agents duel each other. Results show that an agent’s performances are improved through learning, including when it is tested on a map it has not yet seen.

  18. Does the mind map learning strategy facilitate information retrieval and critical thinking in medical students?

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    Olson Valerie G

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A learning strategy underutilized in medical education is mind mapping. Mind maps are multi-sensory tools that may help medical students organize, integrate, and retain information. Recent work suggests that using mind mapping as a note-taking strategy facilitates critical thinking. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether a relationship existed between mind mapping and critical thinking, as measured by the Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT, and whether a relationship existed between mind mapping and recall of domain-based information. Methods In this quasi-experimental study, 131 first-year medical students were randomly assigned to a standard note-taking (SNT group or mind map (MM group during orientation. Subjects were given a demographic survey and pre-HSRT. They were then given an unfamiliar text passage, a pre-quiz based upon the passage, and a 30-minute break, during which time subjects in the MM group were given a presentation on mind mapping. After the break, subjects were given the same passage and wrote notes based on their group (SNT or MM assignment. A post-quiz based upon the passage was administered, followed by a post-HSRT. Differences in mean pre- and post-quiz scores between groups were analyzed using independent samples t-tests, whereas differences in mean pre- and post-HSRT total scores and subscores between groups were analyzed using ANOVA. Mind map depth was assessed using the Mind Map Assessment Rubric (MMAR. Results There were no significant differences in mean scores on both the pre- and post-quizzes between note-taking groups. And, no significant differences were found between pre- and post-HSRT mean total scores and subscores. Conclusions Although mind mapping was not found to increase short-term recall of domain-based information or critical thinking compared to SNT, a brief introduction to mind mapping allowed novice MM subjects to perform similarly to SNT subjects. This demonstrates that medical students using mind maps can successfully retrieve information in the short term, and does not put them at a disadvantage compared to SNT students. Future studies should explore longitudinal effects of mind-map proficiency training on both short- and long-term information retrieval and critical thinking.

  19. Mentoring Entrepreneurial Networks: mapping conceptions of participants in technological-based business incubators in Brazil.

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    Pontes Regis, Helder

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The recent entrepreneurship research agenda includes the analysis of cognitive structures of successful entrepreneurs, revealing an important tool for the examination of an entrepreneurial career. Using techniques of cognitive maps, this study explores the concepts of a successful career and the network itself, as a whole, for career development. Fifty-three entrepreneurs were studied, in seven technological incubators in the city of Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. Specifically, this study aimed to map the shared meanings of the incubated entrepreneurs regarding informal support networks. Such networks support the entrepreneurial career and the present study explores the characteristics and the conceptual model that underlies the networks. The data collection was achieved through interviews through a free evocation technique. The shared meanings indicate the existence of inherent thought categories that support network context in the incubator environment, mainly the mentoring networks. The results endorse the interpretation of an informal mentoring model emerging from the dominant evocations concerning a successful career and of the network itself as promoter of career development.

  20. Mapping primary constraints in physical asset management strategy execution, using social network analysis

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    J., Baum; P.J., Vlok.

    Full Text Available The successful execution of a physical asset management strategy is an important value driver for organisations that are highly dependent on the service delivery of physical assets. Research demonstrates that strategic targets are often not met, and that the means to detect the constraints that can [...] undermine strategy execution efforts are deficient. The purpose of this article is to investigate social network analysis (SNA) as a method to map primary constraints in physical asset management strategy execution (PAMSE). As an interim result, the study found that dysfunctional information flow and poor decisionmaking are the primary constraints that can hinder the PAMSE. An SNA application methodology was developed and applied at two research sites in the South African mining industry. This study found that SNA can be used to map constraints experienced in PAMSE; but it also points towards important prerequisites that have to be established for SNA to be successful.

  1. Gradient field mapping measurement concept demonstration with a geostationary severe storm imager (IFTS)

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    Sharp, William E.; Vincent, David; Abrams, Mark C.; Carter, Michael R.; Vonder Haar, Thomas H.; Chamberland, Martin; Giroux, Jean

    1999-10-01

    A unifying theme throughout the ESE science objectives is the identification of regions with large temporal and spatial gradients. Severe storm formation occurs in the boundary regions between airmasses with very different temperatures, pressures, water content, aerosol loading. Severe storm tracking and forecasting utilizes the discontinuities in observed fields and gradient fields to diagnose and forecast the formation, evolution, and motion of severe storms. In a similar fashion, heat islands, super-regional pollution, and rain shower formation are each the result of temporal and spatial gradients present in the atmosphere. Diagnosing and forecasting these events requires an ability to map atmospheric gradients and discontinuities in real-time on micro to meso-scales in the atmosphere (0.5 - 500 km). A new measurement concept, the Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer (IFTS) is capable of demonstrating a class of autonomous event identification, monitoring and tracking sensors. In order to provide this capability a sensor with the ability to combine high spatial resolution (0.5 - 1 km) imaging with high spectral resolution (0.25 cm - 1 across the mid infrared 3 -10 microns) in time intervals of a few seconds is required. An electronically programmable infrared camera that combines a large-format focal plane array with a Fourier transform spectrometer can deliver this capability. It also builds on currently fielded airborne demonstration systems and an instrument concept in development for the Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST). The IFTS concept is revolutionary in several aspects. It can produce 2 - 10 fold increase in spatial resolution, 2 fold increases in spectral resolution, and 30 fold increases in temporal resolution. In combination the measurement concept would require a 100 - 600 fold increase in telemetry bandwidth without a new approach to imaging. IFTS breaks this paradigm with a new approach to hyperspectral imaging. Severe storm forecasting requires gradient fields (i.e., first and second derivatives of atmospheric observations). Hence, this measurement concept for IFTS is enabled by four innovations: (1) directly observe the derivative fields, (2) Nyquist sample the image plane to enable full utilization of the telescope performance, (3) have multi-channel detection of gradient regions, and (4) provide an autonomous targeting and tracking system that identifies, subsets, and follows regions with significant discontinuities (i.e., regions where severe storms, toxic pollution, heat islands, or rain/thunderstorms will form).

  2. Equity and health policy in Africa: Using concept mapping in Moore (Burkina Faso

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    Ridde Valéry

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background This methodological article is based on a health policy research project conducted in Burkina Faso (West Africa. Concept mapping (CM was used as a research method to understand the local views of equity among stakeholders, who were concerned by the health policy under consideration. While this technique has been used in North America and elsewhere, to our knowledge it has not yet been applied in Africa in any vernacular language. Its application raises many issues and certain methodological limitations. Our objective in this article is to present its use in this particular context, and to share a number of methodological observations on the subject. Methods Two CMs were done among two different groups of local stakeholders following four steps: generating ideas, structuring the ideas, computing maps using multidimensional scaling and cluster analysis methods, and interpreting maps. Fifteen nurses were invited to take part in the study, all of whom had undergone training on health policies. Of these, nine nurses (60% ultimately attended the two-day meeting, conducted in French. Of 45 members of village health committees who attended training on health policies, only eight were literate in the local language (Moore. Seven of these (88% came to the meeting. Results The local perception of equity seems close to the egalitarian model. The actors are not ready to compromise social stability and peace for the benefit of the worst-off. The discussion on the methodological limitations of CM raises the limitations of asking a single question in Moore and the challenge of translating a concept as complex as equity. While the translation of equity into Moore undoubtedly oriented the discussions toward social relations, we believe that, in the context of this study, the open-ended question concerning social justice has a threefold relevance. At the same time, those limitations were transformed into strengths. We understand that it was essential to resort to the focus group approach to explore deeply a complex subject such as equity, which became, after the two CMs, one of the important topics of the research. Conclusion Using this technique in a new context was not the easiest thing to do. Nevertheless, contrary to what local organizers thought when we explained to them this "crazy" idea of applying the technique in Moore with peasants, we believe we have shown that it was feasible, even with persons not literate in French.

  3. A Concept Mapping Study of Physicians' Perceptions of Factors Influencing Management and Control of Hypertension in Sub-Saharan Africa

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    Iwelunmor, Juliet; Blackstone, Sarah; Gyamfi, Joyce; Airhihenbuwa, Collins; Plange-Rhule, Jacob; Tayo, Bamidele; Adanu, Richard; Ogedegbe, Gbenga

    2015-01-01

    Hypertension, once a rare problem in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), is predicted to be a major cause of death by 2020 with mortality rates as high as 75%. However, comprehensive knowledge of provider-level factors that influence optimal management is limited. The objective of the current study was to discover physicians' perceptions of factors influencing optimal management and control of hypertension in SSA. Twelve physicians attending the Cardiovascular Research Training (CaRT) Institute at the University of Ghana, College of Health Sciences, were invited to complete a concept mapping process that included brainstorming the factors influencing optimal management and control of hypertension in patients, sorting and organizing the factors into similar domains, and rating the importance and feasibility of efforts to address these factors. The highest ranked important and feasible factors include helping patients accept their condition and availability of adequate equipment to enable the provision of needed care. The findings suggest that patient self-efficacy and support, physician-related factors, policy factors, and economic factors are important aspects that must be addressed to achieve optimal hypertension management. Given the work demands identified by physicians, future research should investigate cost-effective strategies of shifting physician responsibilities to well-trained no-physician clinicians in order to improve hypertension management.

  4. Application of an ecological framework to examine barriers to the adoption of safer conception strategies by HIV-affected couples.

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    Saleem, Haneefa T; Surkan, Pamela J; Kerrigan, Deanna; Kennedy, Caitlin E

    2016-02-01

    Safer conception interventions can significantly reduce the risk of horizontal HIV transmission between HIV-serodiscordant partners. However, prior to implementing safer conception interventions, it is essential to understand potential barriers to their adoption so that strategies can be developed to overcome these barriers. This paper examines potential barriers to the adoption of safer conception strategies by HIV-affected couples in Iringa, Tanzania using an ecological framework. We interviewed 30 HIV-positive women, 30 HIV-positive men and 30 health providers engaged in delivering HIV-related services. We also conducted direct observations at five health facilities. Findings suggest that there are multiple barriers to safer conception that operate at the individual, relational, environmental, structural, and super-structural levels. The barriers to safer conception identified are complex and interact across these levels. Barriers at the individual level included antiretroviral adherence, knowledge of HIV status, knowledge and acceptability of safer conception strategies, and poor nutrition. At the relational level, unplanned pregnancies, non-disclosure of status, gendered power dynamics within relationships, and patient-provider interactions posed a threat to safer conception. HIV stigma and distance to health facilities were environmental barriers to safer conception. At the structural level there were multiple barriers to safer conception, including limited safer conception policy guidelines for people living with HIV (PLHIV), lack of health provider training in safer conception strategies and preconception counseling for PLHIV, limited resources, and lack of integration of HIV and sexual and reproductive health services. Poverty and gender norms were super-structural factors that influenced and reinforced barriers to safer conception, which influenced and operated across different levels of the framework. Multi-level interventions are needed to ensure adoption of safer conception strategies and reduce the risk of HIV transmission between partners within HIV-serodiscordant couples. PMID:26288153

  5. Recontextualising a Strategic Concept Within a Globalising Company : A Case Study on Carlsberg's ‘Winning Behaviours’ Strategy

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    SØderberg, Anne-Marie

    2015-01-01

    A corporate strategy is often formulated on the executive floor at headquarters. However, in order to make it live in an organisation, middle management and employees must be involved and make sense of it. These actors thus contribute to, participate in and enact the strategy in processes where it may take on new meanings and forms. This article investigates how ‘Winning Behaviours’, a strategic concept developed on the initiative of top management at the Carlsberg Group in order to improve global integration in the multinational organisation, was recontextualised. It draws upon interviews and observations as well as documents collected at the company headquarters in Denmark and in its subsidiaries in China and Malaysia. Here, expatriate and local managers tried to give sense to the Winning Behaviours in various ways, and employees brought their own local leadership ideals into play when they tried to make sense of the preferred behaviours and turn them into daily practices. The process of creating a new strategic concept and making it live in other sociocultural contexts was facilitated by headquarters staff in the Human Resources and Communications departments, who thus played an important role as change agents in the ‘glocal’ strategy process

  6. Operational concepts and implementation strategies for the design configuration management process.

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    2007-05-01

    This report describes operational concepts and implementation strategies for the Design Configuration Management Process (DCMP). It presents a process-based systems engineering model for the successful configuration management of the products generated during the operation of the design organization as a business entity. The DCMP model focuses on Pro/E and associated activities and information. It can serve as the framework for interconnecting all essential aspects of the product design business. A design operation scenario offers a sense of how to do business at a time when DCMP is second nature within the design organization.

  7. Decision-making and feedback as foci for knowledge-based strategies supporting concept development

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    Marini, Vinicius Kaster; Ahmed-Kristensen, Saeema

    Performance attributes of the product, such as robustness, reliability and safety are widely acknowledged as relevant considerations through the design process. Yet they are more important in early design stages to ensure the feasibility of design requirements and reduce later design rework in th...... process that influence practices in decision-making and feedback, and it discusses strategies to evaluate and mitigate failures in solution alternatives....... the development of 20 solution alternatives for a new design of such device. This paper aims to describe the influence of design decisions and feedback originated from failures in solution alternatives during the concept development activity. It identifies the characteristics of the development...

  8. Supplier bidding strategy based on non-cooperative game theory concepts in single auction power pools

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    In single auction power pools, only generators bid several energy price segments depending on the amount of energy supply, at individual generating companies' (GENCO) own discretion, for every trading interval. Then all selected bidders are paid a uniform Market Clearing Price (MCP). In this paper, it is realized that each GENCO has the complete information on its own payoff as well as the other parties' payoffs, corresponding to each potential combination of choices of strategies by all the players. Specifically, all the suppliers attempt to estimate the others' bids using the concept of Nash equilibrium in the general sense of profit maximization. Under some simplified assumptions, this problem can be modeled as a simultaneous-move game confronted by the bidders. Here, the system demand forecast by competitive sellers is captured for the purpose of constructing the optimal bidding strategy. Finally, a numerical example is presented demonstrating the effectiveness of the proposed solution scheme. (author)

  9. Uso de Mapas Mentales en la construcción de un concepto actualizado de ciencia / Mind Map use in the construction an up dated concept of science

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    Clemen, Mazzarella; Rosana, Monsanto.

    Full Text Available El propósito fue describir una experiencia de enseñanza aprendizaje, con estudiantes de Educación Especial de las menciones Dificultades de Aprendizaje y Deficiencias Auditivas instruidos en el uso de Mapas Mentales, según la teoría de Tony Buzan y Barry Buzan (1996) para la construcción de un conce [...] pto actualizado de ciencia. Es una investigación de campo, descriptiva, donde se cotejan, analizan y evalúan productos (mapas mentales) elaborados por estudiantes regulares de la asignatura Estrategias Didácticas III de los períodos académicos entre 2002-I y 2006-I. Las etapas fueron: a) Diagnóstico; b) Revisión Documental y Discusión; c) Elaboración del Mapa Mental y d) Evacuación. Los datos sugieren que los estudiantes progresan en la elaboración del mapa, probablemente por la ejercitación continua que promueve la instrucción, los estudiantes alcanzan un rendimiento satisfactorio en la construcción de un concepto actualizado de Ciencia y en la elaboración del mapa mental.. El rendimiento mejoró hasta alcanzar niveles de excelencia a lo largo de estos períodos académicos. Se puede afirmar que el procedimiento favorece el aprendizaje de la estrategia en particular y permite ampliar y profundizar sobre un concepto actualizado de ciencia que involucra aspectos relacionados con la economía, la tecnología, el conocimiento científico multidisciplinario y el contexto social. Abstract in english The purpose of this work was to describe one teaching-learning experience, carried out with groups of special education students, of the mentions: disabled learning and disabled auditory, taught to use Mind Maps according to Tony and Barry Buzan’s Theory (1996) for the construction of an updated sci [...] ence concept. The study corresponds to a field research of descriptive character, which are compared, analyzed, and evaluated the products (minds maps) elaborated by regular students of the Didactic Strategies III course in the academic periods from 2002-I to 2006-I. the process was carried out in the following stages: a) Diagnosis; b) Documentary checking and discussion; c) Elaboration of the Mind Map, and d) Evaluation. The obtained data suggest, on the one hand, that the students progress in the construction of the Mind Map, probably for the continuous practise that helps the teacher’s instruction, on the other hand, It was observed that the students reached a satisfactory performance in construction of an updated concept of Science and therefore in the elaboration of the Mind Map. The yield was better till reach levels of excellence throughout these academic periods. Finally, it is possible to be affirmed that the followed procedure promotes the good use of the Mind Map, allows to extend and to deepen a scientific concept, as in this case, the updated concept of Science that involves aspects related to economy, technology, the multidisciplinary knowledge scientific and the social context.

  10. Paper-Based and Computer-Based Concept Mappings: The Effects on Computer Achievement, Computer Anxiety and Computer Attitude

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    Erdogan, Yavuz

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to compare the effects of paper-based and computer-based concept mappings on computer hardware achievement, computer anxiety and computer attitude of the eight grade secondary school students. The students were randomly allocated to three groups and were given instruction on computer hardware. The teaching methods used…

  11. Concept Mapping as an Innovative Tool for the Assessment of Learning: An Experimental Experience among Business Management Degree Students

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    Ruiz-Palomino, Pablo; Martinez-Canas, Ricardo

    2013-01-01

    In the search to improve the quality of education at the university level, the use of concept mapping is becoming an important instructional technique for enhancing the teaching-learning process. This educational tool is based on cognitive theories by making a distinction between learning by rote (memorizing) and learning by meaning, where…

  12. Perceptions of Pre-Service Social Sciences Teachers Regarding the Concept of "Geography" by Mind Mapping Technique

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    Ozturk Demirbas, Cagri

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this study is to present the perceptions of preservice social sciences teachers regarding the concept of geography. In the study, the study group consists of 46 preservice social sciences teachers, who receive education at Ahi Evran University. The data were collected in December, 2010. Mind maps were used as data collection tools…

  13. Higher Education Planning for a Strategic Goal with a Concept Mapping Process at a Small Private College

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    Driscoll, Deborah P.

    2010-01-01

    Faculty, staff, and administrators at a small independent college determined that planning with a Concept Mapping process efficiently produced strategic thinking and action plans for the accomplishment of a strategic goal to expand experiential learning within the curriculum. One year into a new strategic plan, the college enjoyed enrollment…

  14. Gender Fair Efficacy of Concept Mapping Tests in Identifying Students' Difficulties in High School Organic Chemistry

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    Gafoor, Kunnathodi Abdul; Shilna, V.

    2014-01-01

    In view of the perceived difficulty of organic chemistry unit for high schools students, this study examined the usefulness of concept mapping as a testing device to assess students' difficulty in the select areas. Since many tests used for identifying students misconceptions and difficulties in school subjects are observed to favour one or…

  15. Communication strategies to promote the uptake of childhood vaccination in Nigeria: a systematic map

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    Oku, Afiong; Oyo-Ita, Angela; Glenton, Claire; Fretheim, Atle; Ames, Heather; Muloliwa, Artur; Kaufman, Jessica; Hill, Sophie; Cliff, Julie; Cartier, Yuri; Bosch-Capblanch, Xavier; Rada, Gabriel; Lewin, Simon

    2016-01-01

    Background Effective communication is a critical component in ensuring that children are fully vaccinated. Although numerous communication interventions have been proposed and implemented in various parts of Nigeria, the range of communication strategies used has not yet been mapped systematically. This study forms part of the ‘Communicate to vaccinate’ (COMMVAC) project, an initiative aimed at building research evidence for improving communication with parents and communities about childhood vaccinations in low- and middle-income countries. Objective This study aims to: 1) identify the communication strategies used in two states in Nigeria; 2) map these strategies against the existing COMMVAC taxonomy, a global taxonomy of vaccination communication interventions; 3) create a specific Nigerian country map of interventions organised by purpose and target; and 4) analyse gaps between the COMMVAC taxonomy and the Nigerian map. Design We conducted the study in two Nigerian states: Bauchi State in Northern Nigeria and Cross River State in Southern Nigeria. We identified vaccination communication interventions through interviews carried out among purposively selected stakeholders in the health services and relevant agencies involved in vaccination information delivery; through observations and through relevant documents. We used the COMMVAC taxonomy to organise the interventions we identified based on the intended purpose of the communication and the group to which the intervention was targeted. Results The Nigerian map revealed that most of the communication strategies identified aimed to inform and educate and remind or recall. Few aimed to teach skills, enhance community ownership, and enable communication. We did not identify any intervention that aimed to provide support or facilitate decision-making. Many interventions had more than one purpose. The main targets for most interventions were caregivers and community members, with few interventions directed at health workers. Most interventions identified were used in the context of campaigns rather than routine immunisation programmes. Conclusions The identification and development of the Nigerian vaccination communication interventions map could assist programme managers to identify gaps in vaccination communication. The map may be a useful tool as part of efforts to address vaccine hesitancy and improve vaccination coverage in Nigeria and similar settings. PMID:26880154

  16. Thailand nuclear strategies and directives: Going forward with cooperation and collaboration concepts

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    Counter terrorism and improved quarantine intervention remain top priorities as well as intercepting illicit drugs and other things potentially harmful to the community. Thailand has experiences and lessons learned from the events that benefit the future implementation of activities in the country relevant to nuclear and radiological security as well as protection against nuclear and radiological terrorism. The governments of all countries in which major radiation sources are used should be rigorously encouraged to adopt the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident as well as the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency. Thailand, as the member of ASEAN, SEANWFZ, IAEA, etc., realizes the importance of cooperation and collaboration concepts to be used as the country nuclear security strategies and directives to counterattack the terrorists. National authorities should be encouraged to cooperate and share information with the IAEA and with other Member States to help prevent or mitigate the consequences of the successful attack. Cooperation and collaboration of various organizations is also an important concept for going forward strategies and directives of which much still remains to be improved. (author)

  17. A complex geo-scientific strategy for landslide hazard mitigation ? from airborne mapping to ground monitoring

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    W. Jaritz

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available After a large landslide event in Sibratsgfäll/Austria several exploration methods were evaluated on their applicability to investigate and monitor landslide areas. The resulting optimised strategy consists of the combined application of airborne electromagnetics, ground geoelectrical measurements and geoelectrical monitoring combined with hydrological and geological mapping and geotechnical modelling. Interdisciplinary communication and discussion was the primary key to assess this complicated hazard situation.

  18. Efficient spatio-temporal hole filling strategy for Kinect depth maps

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    Camplani, Massimo; Salgado Álvarez de Sotomayor, Luis

    2012-01-01

    In this paper we present an efficient hole filling strategy that improves the quality of the depth maps obtained with the Microsoft Kinect device. The proposed approach is based on a joint-bilateral filtering framework that includes spatial and temporal information. The missing depth values are obtained applying iteratively a joint-bilateral filter to their neighbor pixels. The filter weights are selected considering three different factors: visual data, depth information and a temporal-consi...

  19. Concept Mapping as a Support for Mars Landing-Site Selection

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    Cabrol, Nathalie A.; Briggs, Geoffrey A.

    1999-06-01

    The NASA Ames' Center for Mars Exploration (CMEX) serves to coordinate Mars programmatic research at ARC in the sciences, in information technology and in aero-assist and other technologies. Most recently, CMEX has been working with the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition at the University of West Florida to develop a new kind of web browser based on the application of concept maps. These Cmaps, which are demonstrably effective in science teaching, can be used to provide a new kind of information navigation tool that can make web or CD based information more meaningful and more easily navigable. CMEX expects that its 1999 CD-ROM will have this new user interface. CMEX is also engaged with the Mars Surveyor Project Office at JPL in developing an Internet-based source of materials to support the process of selecting landing sites for the next series of Mars landers. This activity -- identifying the most promising sites from which to return samples relevant to the search for evidence of life -- is one that is expected to engage the general public as well as the science community. To make the landing site data easily accessible and meaningful to the public, CMEX is planning to use the IHMC Cmap browser as its user interface.

  20. The expression of depression among Javanese patients with major depressive disorder: a concept mapping study.

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    Brintnell, E Sharon; Sommer, Ryan W; Kuncoro, Bambang; Setiawan, G Pandu; Bailey, Patricia

    2013-08-01

    In this study, we explored the presentation of clinical depression in Java, Indonesia. Interviews were conducted with 20 Javanese patients (male and female) with major depressive disorder from both lower and higher socioeconomic levels. The recruited participants came from provincial and private mental health hospitals in the cities of Solo, Yogykarta (Jogja), Jakarta, and Malang on the island of Java, Indonesia. Concept mapping methodology using multidimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analysis was used to identify underlying themes in the expression of depressive phenomena in this Indonesian population. The results identified themes that grouped into six clusters: interpersonal relationships, hopelessness, physical/somatic, poverty of thought, discourage, and defeat. Findings give support to the view that culture influences the expression of Indonesian depressive phenomenology, which nevertheless has some common roots with Western clinical pictures of the disorder. Cultural influences may mask symptoms of the disorder to clinicians. Diagnostic and assessment tools must be carefully selected to ensure they address culturally specific expressions of depression. PMID:24047957

  1. Hypnosis-Induced Mental Training Programmes as a Strategy to Improve the Self-Concept of Students

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    De Vos, H. M.; Louw, D. A.

    2009-01-01

    The creation and implementation of strategies that could improve student development is receiving new research interest. The main objective of the research was to establish whether hypnosis-induced mental training programmes as a strategy could alter the self-concept of students which in turn could improve their overall academic functioning. Two…

  2. Self-Regulated Learning Strategies of Engineering College Students While Learning Electric Circuit Concepts with Enhanced Guided Notes

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    Lawanto, Oenardi; Santoso, Harry

    2013-01-01

    The current study evaluated engineering college students' self-regulated learning (SRL) strategies while learning electric circuit concepts using enhanced guided notes (EGN). Our goal was to describe how students exercise SRL strategies and how their grade performance changes after using EGN. Two research questions guided the study: (1) To what…

  3. Cascade Optimization Strategy Maximizes Thrust for High-Speed Civil Transport Propulsion System Concept

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    The design of a High-Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) air-breathing propulsion system for multimission, variable-cycle operations was successfully optimized through a soft coupling of the engine performance analyzer NASA Engine Performance Program (NEPP) to a multidisciplinary optimization tool COMETBOARDS that was developed at the NASA Lewis Research Center. The design optimization of this engine was cast as a nonlinear optimization problem, with engine thrust as the merit function and the bypass ratios, r-values of fans, fuel flow, and other factors as important active design variables. Constraints were specified on factors including the maximum speed of the compressors, the positive surge margins for the compressors with specified safety factors, the discharge temperature, the pressure ratios, and the mixer extreme Mach number. Solving the problem by using the most reliable optimization algorithm available in COMETBOARDS would provide feasible optimum results only for a portion of the aircraft flight regime because of the large number of mission points (defined by altitudes, Mach numbers, flow rates, and other factors), diverse constraint types, and overall poor conditioning of the design space. Only the cascade optimization strategy of COMETBOARDS, which was devised especially for difficult multidisciplinary applications, could successfully solve a number of engine design problems for their flight regimes. Furthermore, the cascade strategy converged to the same global optimum solution even when it was initiated from different design points. Multiple optimizers in a specified sequence, pseudorandom damping, and reduction of the design space distortion via a global scaling scheme are some of the key features of the cascade strategy. HSCT engine concept, optimized solution for HSCT engine concept. A COMETBOARDS solution for an HSCT engine (Mach-2.4 mixed-flow turbofan) along with its configuration is shown. The optimum thrust is normalized with respect to NEPP results. COMETBOARDS added value in the design optimization of the HSCT engine.

  4. Hyperspectral imaging—An advanced instrument concept for the EnMAP mission (Environmental Mapping and Analysis Programme)

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    Stuffler, Timo; Förster, Klaus; Hofer, Stefan; Leipold, Manfred; Sang, Bernhard; Kaufmann, Hermann; Penné, Boris; Mueller, Andreas; Chlebek, Christian

    2009-10-01

    In the upcoming generation of satellite sensors, hyperspectral instruments will play a significant role. This payload type is considered world-wide within different future planning. Our team has now successfully finalized the Phase B study for the advanced hyperspectral mission EnMAP (Environmental Mapping and Analysis Programme), Germans next optical satellite being scheduled for launch in 2012. GFZ in Potsdam has the scientific lead on EnMAP, Kayser-Threde in Munich is the industrial prime. The EnMAP instrument provides over 240 continuous spectral bands in the wavelength range between 420 and 2450 nm with a ground resolution of 30 m×30 m. Thus, the broad science and application community can draw from an extensive and highly resolved pool of information supporting the modeling and optimization process on their results. The performance of the hyperspectral instrument allows for a detailed monitoring, characterization and parameter extraction of rock/soil targets, vegetation, and inland and coastal waters on a global scale supporting a wide variety of applications in agriculture, forestry, water management and geology. The operation of an airborne system (ARES) as an element in the HGF hyperspectral network and the ongoing evolution concerning data handling and extraction procedures, will support the later inclusion process of EnMAP into the growing scientist and user communities.

  5. El mapa conceptual. Un instrumento educativo polivalente para las ciencias de la salud: Su aplicación en histología Concept maps as a polyvalent educational tool for health sciences: Their application to histology

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    María del Carmen Sánchez-Quevedo

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available En el presente artículo se analiza el mapa conceptual como instrumento de estrategia educativa aplicada a las ciencias de la salud y, especialmente, al ámbito de la histología. Tras considerar los elementos constitutivos y los tipos de mapas conceptuales y el fundamento epistemológico de los mismos para estimular el aprendizaje significativo, se examina la aplicación de los mapas al desarrollo curricular, la evaluación, el diseño pedagógico por parte del profesor y el autoaprendizaje por parte del alumno en el contexto del proceso de Bolonia. En el ámbito de la histología se analiza la utilización de los distintos tipos de mapas para la definición y jerarquización de sus contenidos, su relación con el resto de las disciplinas y su nuevo paradigma vinculado a la Ingeniería tisular.This article analyzes the concept map as a tool for educational strategy applied to health sciences, particularly in the area of histology. After considering the elements that make up these maps, the different types of concept maps and the epistemological basis of maps as instruments to enhance significant learning, the article examines how maps can be used for curriculum development, evaluation, pedagogic design by teachers, and self-learning by students within the context of the Bologna process. UIT reference to histology, we analyze how different types of maps are used to define and rank concepts, examine the relationship between disciplines and to understand the new paradigm of histology related to tissue engineering.

  6. Primary School Student Teachers' Understanding of Climate Change: Comparing the Results Given by Concept Maps and Communication Analysis

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    Ratinen, Ilkka; Viiri, Jouni; Lehesvuori, Sami

    2012-11-01

    Climate change is a complex environmental problem that can be used to examine students' understanding, gained through classroom communication, of climate change and its interactions. The present study examines a series of four science sessions given to a group of primary school student teachers (n = 20). This includes analysis of the communication styles used and the students' pre- and post-conceptualisation of climate change based on results obtained via essay writing and drawings. The essays and drawings concerned the students' unprompted pre- and post-conceptions about climate change, collected before and after each of the four inquiry-based science sessions (in physics, chemistry, biology and geography). Concept mapping was used in the analysis of the students' responses. The communication used in the four sessions was analysed with a communicative approach in order to find out the discussion about climate change between teacher and students. The analyses indicated that the students did not have the knowledge or the courage to participate in discussion, but post-conceptualisation map showed that students' thinking had become more coherent after the four sessions. Given the results of the present study, proposals for using concepts maps and/or communication analysis in studying students' conceptions are presented.

  7. Fostering primary school students’ understanding of cells and other related concepts with interactive computer animation instruction accompanied by teacher and student-prepared concept maps

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    Ercan AKPINAR

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of instruction (application including interactive computer animation accompanied by teacher and student-prepared concept maps on primary students’ biology achievement during instruction, as well as revealing attitudes towards science as a school subject. A quasi-experimental pre-test/post-test control group design was used in this study. The experimental group had 31 students and the control group had 34 students. The experimental group received instruction including interactive computer animation accompanied by teacher- and student-prepared concept maps, while the control group received traditional instruction. A biology achievement test and an attitude scale toward science were used as data collection instruments. The present study indicates that the experimental group had significantly higher scores than the control group in the biology achievement test (regarding cells and other related concepts. Regarding students’ attitudes toward science as a school subject, there was no significant difference between the experimental and control groups in the pre- and post-test results. However there was a statistically significant difference between the gain scores of the control group and the experimental group in favor of the experimental group.

  8. Innovative operation in A Private University of Technology-An Application of Strategy Map on Balanced Scorecard

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    Huai-En Mo; Shin-Chyang Lee; Yu-Fen Chen

    2012-01-01

    Under the severe competition in higher education market currently, the universities of technology must seek their competitive strengths from every relevant segment as enterprises and improve their operation strategy. This case study aimed to explore the present operation strategies used in the subject school, estimated if the strategies were developed according to the goals and vision of the school, and finally the strategy map oriented on balanced scorecard was designed. The research was con...

  9. A SYNCHRONIZED PROCESS BASED SCHEDULING TO IMPROVE MAP/REDUCE EXECUTION STRATEGY

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available MapReduce is a widely used parallel computing framework for large scale data processing. The two major performance metrics in MapReduce are job execution time and cluster throughput. They can be seriously impacted by straggler machines. Speculative execution is a common approach for dealing with the straggler problem by simply backing up those slow running tasks on alternative machines. To improve speculative execution strategies MCP (Maximum Cost Performance can identify slow task and EWMA (Exponentially Weighted Moving Average to predict process speed and calculate task completion time. Multiple speculative execution strategies have been proposed, but there is a pitfall: incoming jobs are allocated to nodes present in server and fail to schedule process type allocate to node for processing. To overcome this process we proposed a new scheduling based speculative execution strategy. For scheduling we first calculate number of name node residing in server, minimum threshold of resources allocated to name node. We use minimum to avoid huge interaction among the name node when the competition for resources arises. To choose a proper work node for computing the task, we take both time scheduling and ability of work node to compute the task.

  10. Mapping the Galaxy Color-Redshift Relation: Optimal Photo-z Calibration Strategies for Cosmology Surveys

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    Masters, Daniel C.; Capak, Peter L.; Stern, Daniel; Rhodes, Jason; Mobasher, Bahram; Schmidt, Samuel; Steinhardt, Charles L.; Faisst, Andreas; Speagle, Josh S.

    2016-01-01

    A primary objective of the upcoming dark energy surveys LSST, Euclid, and WFIRST is to map the 3D distribution of matter over a significant fraction of the universe via the weak lensing cosmic shear field. Doing so will require accurate distance estimates to billions of faint galaxies, meaning that photo-z's will be essential for the ultimate scientific success of these missions. Because galaxy colors drive photo-z estimates, spectroscopic calibration samples must at least be representative in color. Here we present a technique, based on the self-organizing map (Kohonen 1990), to map the empirical distribution of galaxies in the high-dimensional color space of a given survey. We apply the technique to Euclid-like data for ~131k galaxies from the COSMOS survey, allowing us to determine where - in galaxy color space - spectroscopic coverage exists and where it is systematically missing. We show that the mapping technique lets us develop efficient spectroscopic sampling strategies to measure the color-redshift relation by focusing effort on poorly constrained regions of multicolor space. We discuss the nature of the galaxies in un-sampled regions of galaxy color space, and show that a fiducial survey with Keck (making use of LRIS, DEIMOS, and MOSFIRE) could meet the Euclid calibration requirements in ~40 nights of observing.

  11. An integrated approach to analyze strategy map using BSC – FUZZY AHP: A case study of auto industry

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    Mohammad Abdolshah; Mojtaba Javidnia; Mohammad Ali Astanbous; Mehdi Eslami

    2012-01-01

    In an environment, which is highly competitive and everything changes rapidly, managers of organizations face with problems such as how to identify important factors preventing organizations from optimum use of available resources and capacities and invest more on key factors. To achieve this goal, we need to develop an effective strategy map for organizations. The strategy map is a constructional and expanding procedure to identify relationships among all the organization's strategic goals, ...

  12. Cascade Optimization Strategy for Aircraft and Air-Breathing Propulsion System Concepts

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    Patnaik, Surya N.; Lavelle, Thomas M.; Hopkins, Dale A.; Coroneos, Rula M.

    1996-01-01

    Design optimization for subsonic and supersonic aircraft and for air-breathing propulsion engine concepts has been accomplished by soft-coupling the Flight Optimization System (FLOPS) and the NASA Engine Performance Program analyzer (NEPP), to the NASA Lewis multidisciplinary optimization tool COMETBOARDS. Aircraft and engine design problems, with their associated constraints and design variables, were cast as nonlinear optimization problems with aircraft weight and engine thrust as the respective merit functions. Because of the diversity of constraint types and the overall distortion of the design space, the most reliable single optimization algorithm available in COMETBOARDS could not produce a satisfactory feasible optimum solution. Some of COMETBOARDS' unique features, which include a cascade strategy, variable and constraint formulations, and scaling devised especially for difficult multidisciplinary applications, successfully optimized the performance of both aircraft and engines. The cascade method has two principal steps: In the first, the solution initiates from a user-specified design and optimizer, in the second, the optimum design obtained in the first step with some random perturbation is used to begin the next specified optimizer. The second step is repeated for a specified sequence of optimizers or until a successful solution of the problem is achieved. A successful solution should satisfy the specified convergence criteria and have several active constraints but no violated constraints. The cascade strategy available in the combined COMETBOARDS, FLOPS, and NEPP design tool converges to the same global optimum solution even when it starts from different design points. This reliable and robust design tool eliminates manual intervention in the design of aircraft and of air-breathing propulsion engines where it eases the cycle analysis procedures. The combined code is also much easier to use, which is an added benefit. This paper describes COMETBOARDS and its cascade strategy and illustrates the capability of the combined design tool through the optimization of a subsonic aircraft and a high-bypass-turbofan wave-rotor-topped engine.

  13. The concept of individual semantic maps in clinical psychology: a feasibility study on a new paradigm

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    GROSSI, ENZO; Compare, Angelo; Buscema, Massimo

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we propose a new technology able to map the underlying connection scheme among several psychological variables in a single individual. Nine patients with chronic heart failure underwent at regular intervals, two electronic questionnaires to evaluate depression (STAI—short form) and anxiety (STAY-6). Individual semantic maps were developed by Auto Contractive Map, a new data mining tool based on an artificial neural networks acting on the small data set formed by questionnaires i...

  14. Peripapillary Retinal Thickness Maps in the Evaluation of Glaucoma Patients: A Novel Concept

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    Yi, Kayoung; Mujat, Mircea; Sun, Wei; Park, B. Hyle; de Boer, Johannes F.; Teresa C. Chen

    2011-01-01

    Purpose. To show how peripapillary spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SDOCT) retinal thickness (RT) maps can complement retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness maps in the evaluation of glaucoma patients. Methods:. After a complete eye exam with standard fundus photography and visual field testing, normal and glaucomatous eyes were imaged with an experimental SDOCT system. From SDOCT images, RNFL thickness and RT maps were constructed and then correlated with disc photography an...

  15. Peripapillary Retinal Thickness Maps in the Evaluation of Glaucoma Patients: A Novel Concept

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    Kayoung Yi; Mircea Mujat; Wei Sun; B. Hyle Park; de Boer, Johannes F.; Teresa C. Chen

    2011-01-01

    Purpose. To show how peripapillary spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SDOCT) retinal thickness (RT) maps can complement retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness maps in the evaluation of glaucoma patients. Methods. After a complete eye exam with standard fundus photography and visual field testing, normal and glaucomatous eyes were imaged with an experimental SDOCT system. From SDOCT images, RNFL thickness and RT maps were constructed and then correlated with disc photography and...

  16. Efficient and robust phase unwrapping algorithm based on unscented Kalman filter, the strategy of quantizing paths-guided map, and pixel classification strategy.

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    Xie, Xian Ming; Zeng, Qing Ning

    2015-11-01

    This paper presents an efficient and robust phase unwrapping algorithm which combines an unscented Kalman filter (UKF) with a strategy of quantizing a paths-guided map and a pixel classification strategy based on phase quality information. The advantages of the proposed method depend on the following contributions: (1) the strategy of quantizing the paths-guided map can accelerate the process of searching unwrapping paths and greatly reducing time consumption on the unwrapping procedure; (2) the pixel classification strategy proposed by this paper can reduce the error propagation effect by decreasing the amounts of pixels with equal quantized paths-guided value in the process of unwrapping; and (3) the unscented Kalman filter enables simultaneous filtering and unwrapping without the information loss caused by linearization of a nonlinear model. In addition, a new paths-guided map derived from a phase quality map is inserted into the strategy of quantizing the paths-guided map to provide a more robust path of unwrapping, and then ensures better unwrapping results. Results obtained from synthetic data and real data show that the proposed method can efficiently obtain better solutions with respect to some of the most used algorithms. PMID:26560585

  17. The use of concept mapping and vee heuristics in higher education to promote critical reflection and meaningful learning

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    Full Text Available Higher Education is currently undergoing relentless change worldwide in order to respond effectively to the aspirations of the 21st century. Consequently, prevalent literature in Higher Education calls for more emphasis on the students? learning process through increased metacognition and critical reflection. This paper starts off with the assumption that learning takes place through the integration of thinking, feeling and acting. As a result, this paper will present a model of teaching and learning in Higher Education through the integrated use of Vee Heuristics and Concept Mapping. This research will suggest that when using Concept Maps, Vee Heuristics along with an awareness of how students prefer to learn, the students will go through a metacognitive learning process which would eventually lead to critical reflection and meaningful learning. Using University students? work products, this study traces the effect of a learner?s mental operations on the learner?s use of Vee Heuristics and Concept Mapping as the learner embeds and retrieves new and scaffolded knowledge. The data collected reveals the powerful effect which this combination of learning tolos yielded on student achievement and transformation.

  18. A new strategy of axial power distribution control based on three axial offsets concept

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    We have proposed a very simple control procedure for axial xenon oscillation control based on a characteristic trajectory. The trajectory is drawn by three offsets of power distributions, namely, AOp, AOi and AOx. They are defined as the offset of axial power distribution, the offset of the power distribution under which the current iodine distribution is obtained as the equilibrium and that for xenon distribution, respectively. When these offsets are plotted on X-Y plane for (AOp-AOx, AOi-AOx) the trajectory draws a quite characteristic ellipse (or an elliptic spiral). On the other hands, Constant Axial Offset Control (CAOC) procedure is adopted as axial power distribution control strategy during both base load and load following operations in domestic PWRs. In the previous paper, we have presented an innovative procedure of axial power distribution control during load following in PWRs based on this trajectory such that the AOp-AOx is to be controlled to zero when the value deviates the pre-determined limiting values. In this paper we propose a modified control strategy to get more stability of axial power distributions. In this strategy, we control the trajectory to be close to the major axis of the ellipse when the power distribution reaches the limiting values. In other words, the plot is not controlled only to reduce AOp-AOx but also AOi-AOx is taken into account at the same time. It is known that when the plot is controlled to the major axis, it means that the point gives the peak position of axial xenon oscillation. Therefore xenon oscillation will not increase its amplitude any more. Thus more stable axial power distribution control is attained. This kind of design concept is quite important especially for the future PWRs with elongated fuel length and longer core life. Because in a longer effective core and also the longer core life, it has been known that the stability of axial xenon oscillation becomes more unstable. In this paper, some simulation results are presented to show the effectiveness of this control strategy. And further discussions are given for items to be evaluated in the future to apply it in the actual reactor control. (author)

  19. Energy Management Strategies based on efficiency map for Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles

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    Feroldi, Diego; Serra, Maria; Riera, Jordi [Institut de Robotica i Informatica Industrial (CSIC-UPC), C. Llorens i Artigas 4, 08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2009-05-15

    The addition of a fast auxiliary power source like a supercapacitor bank in fuel cell-based vehicles has a great potential because permits a significant reduction of the hydrogen consumption and an improvement of the vehicle efficiency. The Energy Management Strategies, commanding the power split between the power sources in the hybrid arrangement to fulfil the power requirement, perform a fundamental role to achieve this objective. In this work, three strategies based on the knowledge of the fuel cell efficiency map are proposed. These strategies are attractive due to the relative simplicity of the real time implementation and the good performance. The strategies are tested both in a simulation environment and in an experimental setup using a 1.2-kW PEM fuel cell. The results, in terms of hydrogen consumption, are compared with an optimal case, which is assessed trough an advantageous technique also introduced in this work and with a pure fuel cell vehicle as well. This comparative reveals high efficiency and good performance, allowing to save up to 26% of hydrogen in urban scenarios. (author)

  20. The ACS Exams Institute Undergraduate Chemistry Anchoring Concepts Content Map II: Organic Chemistry

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    Raker, Jeffrey; Holme, Thomas; Murphy, Kristen

    2013-01-01

    As a way to assist chemistry departments with programmatic assessment of undergraduate chemistry curricula, the ACS Examinations Institute is devising a map of the content taught throughout the undergraduate curriculum. The structure of the map is hierarchal, with large grain size at the top and more content detail as one moves "down"…

  1. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Cetacean and Sound Mapping Effort: Continuing Forward with an Integrated Ocean Noise Strategy.

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    Harrison, Jolie; Ferguson, Megan; Gedamke, Jason; Hatch, Leila; Southall, Brandon; Van Parijs, Sofie

    2016-01-01

    To help manage chronic and cumulative impacts of human activities on marine mammals, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) convened two working groups, the Underwater Sound Field Mapping Working Group (SoundMap) and the Cetacean Density and Distribution Mapping Working Group (CetMap), with overarching effort of both groups referred to as CetSound, which (1) mapped the predicted contribution of human sound sources to ocean noise and (2) provided region/time/species-specific cetacean density and distribution maps. Mapping products were presented at a symposium where future priorities were identified, including institutionalization/integration of the CetSound effort within NOAA-wide goals and programs, creation of forums and mechanisms for external input and funding, and expanded outreach/education. NOAA is subsequently developing an ocean noise strategy to articulate noise conservation goals and further identify science and management actions needed to support them. PMID:26610985

  2. PERUMUSAN STRATEGI BERSAING JAHE INSTAN PRODUK CV. INTRAFOOD SURAKARTA MENGGUNAKAN PERCEPTUAL MAPPING

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    Mohd. Harisudin

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk mengetahui posisi bersaing jahe instan produk CV. Intrafood dan strategi bersaing yang dapat direkomendasikan untuk meraih keberasilannya. Metode dasar yang digunakan adalah analisis deskriptif. Penentuan lokasi penelitian ditentukan dengan metode purposive, yaitu CV. Intrafood Surakarta. Jenis data yang digunakan dalam penelitian ini adalah data primer dan data sekunder. Metode analisis data menggunakan analisis Perceptual Mapping. Dari hasil penelitian diperoleh informasi bahwa jahe instan produk CV Intrafood berada pada peringkat ke-2 dari produk empat jahe instan yang diperbandingkan. Atribut yang dapat dijadikan kekuatan utama dalam meningkatkan pemasaran jahe instan produk CV. Intrafood adalah manfaat produk. Sisi yang paling lemah adalah atribut desain kemasan dan kinerja produk dalam kemasan. Abstract This study aims to determine the competitive position of the product instant ginger CV. Intrafood and competitive strategy can be recommended to achieve success. The basic method used is descriptive analysis. Determining the location of the study are determined by purposive method, namely CV. Intrafood Surakarta. Data used in this study is primary data and secondary data. Method analyzed using Perceptual Mapping. From the results of the study concluded that instant ginger of CV Intrafood product ranks second of four instant ginger products are compared. Attributes that can be used as a major force in improving product marketing instant ginger CV. Intrafood is the benefits of the product. The weakest side is the packaging design and performance attributes of the product in the packaging.

  3. Interrater reliability of the mind map assessment rubric in a cohort of medical students

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    Zipp Genevieve; D'Antoni Anthony V; Olson Valerie G

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background Learning strategies are thinking tools that students can use to actively acquire information. Examples of learning strategies include mnemonics, charts, and maps. One strategy that may help students master the tsunami of information presented in medical school is the mind map learning strategy. Currently, there is no valid and reliable rubric to grade mind maps and this may contribute to their underutilization in medicine. Because concept maps and mind maps engage learners...

  4. Exploring Strategies for Improving Land Cover and Vegetation Mapping Accuracy in Arctic Alaska

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    Selkowitz, D.

    2010-12-01

    Large-area Landsat-derived vegetation and land cover mapping efforts in Arctic Alaska must overcome a number of obstacles presented by the region’s short snow-free season, frequent cloud cover, rapidly changing vegetation phenology, and paucity of in situ vegetation data. The short snow-free season and frequent cloud cover result in a limited number of available cloud-free, snow-free Landsat scenes, and in order to obtain full regional coverage, scenes acquired anytime between June and early September may be used in image mosaics. Consequently, regional image mosaics consist of scenes acquired under a wide variety of solar illumination conditions with widely varying vegetation phenology in which similar vegetation communities or land cover types exhibit major differences in spectral characteristics throughout the mosaic. When extensive training data are available for each component scene of a mosaic, machine learning algorithms are typically able to account for these differences in spectral characteristics and make accurate vegetation predictions across the entire mosaic. In Arctic Alaska, however, training data are only available at a few locations and the cost for acquiring additional training data can be prohibitive. This research explores several strategies for improving fractional shrub cover mapping accuracy in Arctic Alaska that should also be applicable for land cover mapping. The strategies include radiometric normalization using Landsat/MODIS image fusion, topographic illumination correction, addition of topographic data variables, and inclusion of Landsat-derived textural and shape characteristics. Results indicate that, while each strategy alone can boost accuracy slightly, combining the strategies produces the best results. Results also confirm that superior accuracy is obtained when training data is available for each component scene of the image mosaic. This reinforces the need for additional moderate to high spatial resolution (< 100 m) imagery collection over Arctic Alaska which would increase the number of scenes with extensive cloud-free areas, reduce the number of scenes required to build cloud-free regional mosaics, and consequently increase the feasibility of building mosaics with training data available for each component scene.

  5. Strategies for Reliable Exploitation of Evolutionary Concepts in High Throughput Biology

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    Julie D. Thompson

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The recent availability of the complete genome sequences of a large number of model organisms, together with the immense amount of data being produced by the new high-throughput technologies, means that we can now begin comparative analyses to understand the mechanisms involved in the evolution of the genome and their consequences in the study of biological systems. Phylogenetic approaches provide a unique conceptual framework for performing comparative analyses of all this data, for propagating information between different systems and for predicting or inferring new knowledge. As a result, phylogeny-based inference systems are now playing an increasingly important role in most areas of high throughput genomics, including studies of promoters (phylogenetic footprinting, interactomes (based on the presence and degree of conservation of interacting proteins, and in comparisons of transcriptomes or proteomes (phylogenetic proximity and co-regulation/co-expression. Here we review the recent developments aimed at making automatic, reliable phylogeny-based inference feasible in large-scale projects. We also discuss how evolutionary concepts and phylogeny-based inference strategies are now being exploited in order to understand the evolution and function of biological systems. Such advances will be fundamental for the success of the emerging disciplines of systems biology and synthetic biology, and will have wide-reaching effects in applied ?elds such as biotechnology, medicine and pharmacology.

  6. Concepts of soil mapping as a basis for the assessment of soil functions

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    Baumgarten, Andreas

    2014-05-01

    Soil mapping systems in Europe have been designed mainly as a tool for the description of soil characteristics from a morphogenetic viewpoint. Contrasting to the American or FAO system, the soil development has been in the main focus of European systems. Nevertheless , recent developments in soil science stress the importance of the functions of soils with respect to the ecosystems. As soil mapping systems usually offer a sound and extensive database, the deduction of soil functions from "classic" mapping parameters can be used for local and regional assessments. According to the used pedo-transfer functions and mapping systems, tailored approaches can be chosen for different applications. In Austria, a system mainly for spatial planning purposes has been developed that will be presented and illustrated by means of best practice examples.

  7. Graded-threshold parametric response maps: towards a strategy for adaptive dose painting

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    Purpose: To modify the single-threshold parametric response map (ST-PRM) method for predicting treatment outcomes in order to facilitate its use for guidance of adaptive dose painting in intensity-modulated radiotherapy. Methods: Multiple graded thresholds were used to extend the ST-PRM method (Nat. Med. 2009;15(5):572-576) such that the full functional change distribution within tumours could be represented with respect to multiple confidence interval estimates for functional changes in similar healthy tissue. The ST-PRM and graded-threshold PRM (GT-PRM) methods were applied to functional imaging scans of 5 patients treated for hepatocellular carcinoma. Pre and post-radiotherapy arterial blood flow maps (ABF) were generated from CT-perfusion scans of each patient. ABF maps were rigidly registered based on aligning tumour centres of mass. ST-PRM and GT-PRM analyses were then performed on overlapping tumour regions within the registered ABF maps. Main findings: The ST-PRMs contained many disconnected clusters of voxels classified as having a significant change in function. While this may be useful to predict treatment response, it may pose challenges for identifying boost volumes or for informing dose-painting by numbers strategies. The GT-PRMs included all of the same information as ST-PRMs but also visualized the full tumour functional change distribution. Heterogeneous clusters in the ST-PRMs often became more connected in the GT-PRMs by voxels with similar functional changes. Conclusions: GT-PRMs provided additional information which helped to visualize relationships between significant functional changes identified by ST-PRMs. This may enhance ST-PRM utility for guiding adaptive dose painting.

  8. An instantaneous optimization strategy based on efficiency maps for internal combustion engine/battery hybrid vehicles

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    Highlights: • Instantaneous optimization method based on efficiency maps is proposed. • The energy sent to or supplied from the hybrid energy source is focused. • The efficiency of this energy is introduced as a new cost function to be maximized. • The results of our method are compared to that of DP, ECMS and MPC methods. • Our method provides competitive results with a lower computational load. - Abstract: This paper presents an instantaneous optimization algorithm based on the knowledge of the efficiency maps of the internal combustion engine (ICE) and the generator for the energy management system in hybrid electric vehicles. The proposed method formulates a new cost function representing the analytical expression of the overall energy efficiency of the hybrid energy source (i.e. ICE/generator set + battery pack) which is calculated based on the energy flow at the DC bus. Engine operating points are determined by assessing not only the efficiency map of the engine but also the efficiency map of the generator and the charge/discharge efficiency of the battery pack in order to maximize the efficiency of the energy delivered from the hybrid energy source to the drive system. The performance of the proposed method is analyzed and demonstrated on a hybrid electric bus developed in MATLAB/Simulink for different driving cycle conditions and the results have been compared with alternative optimization methods such as equivalent consumption minimization strategy (ECMS), model predictive control (MPC) and dynamic programming (DP) approach. The simulation results show that the proposed method provides a competitive performance with a lower computational burden compared to the alternative methods for different state of charge (SOC) ranges and drive cycle conditions

  9. Innovative operation in A Private University of Technology-An Application of Strategy Map on Balanced Scorecard

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    Huai-En Mo

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Under the severe competition in higher education market currently, the universities of technology must seek their competitive strengths from every relevant segment as enterprises and improve their operation strategy. This case study aimed to explore the present operation strategies used in the subject school, estimated if the strategies were developed according to the goals and vision of the school, and finally the strategy map oriented on balanced scorecard was designed. The research was conducted by literature reviewing, interviewing method, SWOT analysis, and concluding the results with the strategy map oriented on BSC. The study suggested subsuming the standard operation procedure into the administration procedure, it will be beneficial to achieve the goals and vision of the school development and improve school administration efficiency.

  10. A genetic linkage map of the model legume Lotus japonicus and strategies for fast mapping of new loci.

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    Sandal, Niels; Krusell, Lene; Radutoiu, Simona; Olbryt, Magdalena; Pedrosa, Andrea; Stracke, Silke; Sato, Shusei; Kato, Tomohiko; Tabata, Satoshi; Parniske, Martin; Bachmair, Andreas; Ketelsen, Tina; Stougaard, Jens

    2002-01-01

    A genetic map for the model legume Lotus japonicus has been developed. The F(2) mapping population was established from an interspecific cross between L. japonicus and L. filicaulis. A high level of DNA polymorphism between these parents was the source of markers for linkage analysis and the map is based on a framework of amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) markers. Additional markers were generated by restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) and sequence-specific PCR. A tota...

  11. Application of Mind Map-based abstracting technique in pedagogical strategy for ESP teaching/learning

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    Ekaterina Choporova

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The work presents some theoretical and practical results of the abstracting practice carried out by the teachers and cadets of Voronezh Institute of the Ministry of Interior of Russia. The sources used in the experiment were of British and American origin, equally authentic, and were mainly of engineering content because of the cadets’ speciality. The main purpose of the experiment was focused on the primary source adequate abstract making as a product of a keen understanding of social and professional aspects, views, and anticipations of English-speaking nations. The authors analyzed a number of current approaches towards abstract making procedures and offered an original system of the education strategy by means of Mind Map building technique.

  12. How do Concept-Maps Function for Reading Comprehension Improvement of Iranian Advanced EFL Learners of Both Genders?

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    Mohammad Saber Khaghaninejad; Mansour Arefinejad

    2015-01-01

    This study was an attempt to examine the effect of concept mapping on reading comprehension of Iranian EFL learners. Pretest-posttest design was employed to scrutinize the possible improvement of the study’s participants who were male and female learners whose ages ranged from 19 to 40 and had taken general English courses at Islamic Azad University of Kharg. Two groups (one experimental and one control group) were exposed to the same reading comprehension test as the pre-and post-test, howev...

  13. Mapping VIPS concepts for nursing interventions to the ISO reference terminology model for nursing actions: A collaborative Scandinavian analysis

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    Ehnfors, Margareta; Angermo, Lilly Marit; Berring, Lene; Ehrenberg, Anna; Lindhardt, Tove; Rotegard, Ann Kristin; Thorell-Ekstrand, Ingrid

    2006-01-01

    The aims of this study were to analyze the coherence between the concepts for nursing interventions in the Swedish VIPS model for nursing recording and the ISO Reference Terminology Model for Nursing Actions and to identify areas in the two models for further development. Seven Scandinavian experts....... In most cases, the recipient of care is implicit. Expressions for the aim of an action are absent from the ISO model. By this mapping we identified areas for future development of the VIPS model and the experience from nursing terminology work in Scandinavia can contribute to the international...... standardization efforts....

  14. Overview of superconductivity in Japan - Strategy road map and R and D status

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    Superconducting technology benefits society in broad fields; environment/energy, life science, manufacturing industry and information and communication. Superconducting equipments and devices used in various fields are divided into two categories, electric and electronic applications. Technologies in those applications are progressing remarkably owing to firm and consistent supports by various national projects. The final target of the NEDO R and D project of fundamental technology for superconductivity applications to develop 500 m long coated conductors (CCs) of the critical current 300 A/cm (at 77 K, 0 T) will be fulfilled by the end of JFY 2007 and manufacturing process to produce extremely low-cost CCs is to be developed to make the applications realistic. Preliminary works to develop power apparatuses using CCs have started in the frame of the R and D project for the fundamental technology and have produced significant results. Performance of BSCCO/Ag-sheathed wires has been improved greatly and various applications using those wires are being developed. R and D projects for SMES, power cable, flywheel energy storage and rotating machines are going to introduce those equipments to the real world. Technologies of SQUID and SFQ, basic devices of the electronic applications, are progressing dramatically also owing to various national projects. In this back ground the technology strategy map in the field of superconducting technology was formulated to prioritize investments in R and D by clearly defining the objectives and inspire autonomous R and D actives in various fields of industries. R and D activities in the superconducting technologies are to be scheduled following this strategy map

  15. Narcotic analgesic utilization amongst injured workers: using concept mapping to understand current issues from the perspectives of physicians and pharmacists

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    Fortin Claire

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Work-related injuries result in considerable morbidity, as well as social and economic costs. Pain associated with these injuries is a complex, contested topic, and narcotic analgesics (NA remain important treatment options. Factors contributing to NA utilization patterns are poorly understood. This qualitative study sought to characterize the factors contributing to NA utilization amongst injured workers from the perspectives of physicians and pharmacists. Methods The study employed concept mapping methodology, a structured process yielding a conceptual framework of participants' views on a particular topic. A visual display of the ideas/concepts generated is produced. Eligible physicians and pharmacists (n = 22 serving injured workers in the province of Ontario (Canada were recruited via purposive sampling, and participated in concept mapping activities (consisting of brainstorming, sorting, rating, and map exploration. Participants identified factors influencing NA utilization, and sorted these factors into categories (clusters. Next, they rated the factors on two scales: 'strength of influence on NA over-utilization' and 'amenability to intervention'. During follow-up focus groups, participants refined the maps and discussed the findings and their implications. Results 82 factors were sorted into 7 clusters: addiction risks, psychosocial issues, social/work environment factors, systemic-third party factors, pharmacy-related factors, treatment problems, and physician factors. These clusters were grouped into 2 overarching categories/regions on the map: patient-level factors, and healthcare/compensation system-level factors. Participants rated NA over-utilization as most influenced by patient-level factors, while system-level factors were rated as most amenable to intervention. One system-level cluster was rated highly on both scales (treatment problems - e.g. poor continuity of care, poor interprofessional communication, lack of education/support for physicians regarding pain management, unavailability of multidisciplinary team-based care, prolonged wait times to see specialists. Conclusions Participants depicted factors driving NA utilization among injured workers as complex. Patient-level factors were perceived as most influential on over-utilization, while system-level factors were considered most amenable to intervention. This has implications for intervention design, suggesting that systemic/structural factors should be taken into account in order to address this important health issue.

  16. A new power mapping method based on ordinary kriging and determination of optimal detector location strategy

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    Highlights: • A new power mapping method based on Ordinary Kriging (OK) is proposed. • Measurements from DayaBay Unit 1 PWR are used to verify the OK method. • The OK method performs better than the CECOR method. • An optimal neutron detector location strategy based on ordinary kriging and simulated annealing is proposed. - Abstract: The Ordinary Kriging (OK) method is presented that is designed for a core power mapping calculation of pressurized water reactors (PWRs). Measurements from DayaBay Unit 1 PWR are used to verify the accuracy of the OK method. The root mean square (RMS) reconstruction errors are kept at less than 0.35%, and the maximum reconstruction relative errors (RE) are kept at less than 1.02% for the entire operating cycle. The reconstructed assembly power distribution results show that the OK method is fit for core power distribution monitoring. The quality of power distribution obtained by the OK method is partly determined by the neutron detector locations, and the OK method is also applied to solve the optimal neutron detector location problem. The spatially averaged ordinary kriging variance (AOKV) is minimized using simulated annealing, and then, the optimal in-core neutron detector locations are obtained. The result shows that the current neutron detector location of DayaBay Unit 1 reactor is near-optimal

  17. The ACS Exams Institute Undergraduate Chemistry Anchoring Concepts Content Map I: General Chemistry

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    Holme, Thomas; Murphy, Kristen

    2012-01-01

    To provide tools for programmatic assessment related to the use of ACS Exams in undergraduate chemistry courses, the ACS Exams Institute has built a content map that applies to the entire undergraduate curriculum. At the top two levels, the grain size of the content classification is large and spans the entire undergraduate curriculum. At the…

  18. Cognitive Mapping of Advanced Level Physics Students' Conceptions of Quantum Physics.

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    Mashhadi, Azam; Woolnough, Brian

    This paper presents findings from a study that investigated students' understanding of quantum phenomena and focused on how students incorporate the ideas of quantum physics into their overall cognitive framework. The heuristic metaphor of the map is used to construct graphic representations of students' understanding of quantum physics. The…

  19. Using Self-Adaptive Evolutionary Algorithms to Evolve Dynamism-Oriented Maps for a Real Time Strategy Game

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    Lara Cabrera, Raúl; Cotta, Carlos; Antonio J. Fernández Leiva

    2013-01-01

    This work presents a procedural content generation system that uses an evolutionary algorithm in order to generate interesting maps for a real-time strategy game, called Planet Wars. Interestingness is here captured by the dynamism of games (i.e., the extent to which they are action-packed). We consider two different approaches to measure the dynamism of the games resulting from these generated maps, one based on fluctuations in the resources controlled by either player and another one based ...

  20. Fine-mapping of shotgun template-libraries; an efficient strategy for the systematic sequencing of genomic DNA.

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    Scholler, P; Karger, A E; Meier-Ewert, S; Lehrach, H; Delius, H; Hoheisel, J.D.

    1995-01-01

    To test the effectiveness of ordering shotgun DNA-templates prior to sequence analysis, the 450 kb left arm of yeast chromosome XII was randomly subcloned into a phagemid vector. Clones were ordered by hybridisation to an average map density of one new insert every 125 bp and are currently used for sequencing the chromosomal fragment. An 11.5 kb overlap between the template map and a DNA fragment that had been sequenced earlier allowed an independent evaluation of the strategy's effectiveness...

  1. A study on the effectiveness of investment strategy based on the concept of pivot points levels using Matthews criterion

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    Antoni Wili?ski

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the possibility of assessing traditional investment strategy based on the pivot points for using with other than the commonly used criterion is examined. The authors attempted to apply the Matthews Correlation Coefficient (further reffered as MCC criterion based on a confusion matrix when assessing the strategy to include more factors than the traditional criteria (such as profit, profit vs. Risk, Sharpe ratio, Calmar ratio and to express these factors by one number. The criterion based on a confusion matrix is, in authors beliefs, unique in this application and gives a fairly valuable estimation of trading strategy. An example of several strategies tested on EURUSD 1h time series in selected intervals in the years 2012-2013 is considered. Among these strategies there is a simple strategy based on the concept of pivot points levels and more complex derivative strategies, based on the vector of optimized values of certain parameters. These strategies are evaluated using both traditional criteria and modification of MCC proposed by the authors.

  2. Innovación y Estrategia: dos conceptos aparentemente contradictorios / Innovation and Strategy: two concepts apparently contradictory

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    Lorena del Carmen, Álvarez Castañón; Gilda Rosa, Bolaños Evia.

    Full Text Available El surgimiento de nuevos mercados, el e-business, la evolución de nuevas tecnologías, el nivel de competitividad organizacional, la globalización o totalización, no dejan lugar a dudas que el conocimiento representa una de las variables más críticas para lograr el éxito sostenible en cualquier organ [...] ización (Argyris y Schön, 1978; Nonaka, 1991; Kogut y Zander, 1992; entre otros). Uno de los retos más acuciantes para las organizaciones es incrementar su rendimiento en innovación, estamos viviendo una "economía del conocimiento" en la que justamente el conocimiento tiene que convertirse tangiblemente en una innovación, para permitirle a las organizaciones seguir siendo competitivas. En este escrito la autora presenta un análisis para determinar el grado de correlación entre la innovación y la estrategia de las organizaciones, dado que parecen ser conceptos contradictorios: estrategia implica planear e innovación implica inventar "sin orden aparente". A partir de este factor se propone un nuevo punto de vista en relación a los contextos organizacionales adecuados, en función de la estrategia, para obtener un mejor rendimiento de innovación, a través de un estudio realizado en empresas del estado de Guanajuato, México. La metodología es elaborada tomando como base el paradigma constructivista, basado en la "Reconstrucción de la Totalidad" (Páramo, 1999). De acuerdo con los cálculos realizados, se encontró un coeficiente de correlación significativo de 37% entre innovación y estrategia, basada en la escuela de aprendizaje. Se realizó la prueba de normalidad de los residuos, determinando que los datos se comportan de manera normal con un p-value de 58%. Asimismo, se realizaron las encuestas a los equipos de I+D+i de las empresas de la muestra. En conclusión, se señala que en las empresas guanajuatenses el contexto más propicio para detonar la innovación es una estrategia basada en el aprendizaje, organizaciones que aprenden con el tiempo y que a través del mismo convergen en patrones de conducta que funcionan; el coeficiente de correlación encontrado indica una solidez positiva entre innovación y estrategia en el contexto de aprendizaje. Los investigadores que simpatizan con el enfoque de aprendizaje descubrieron que, cuando tenía lugar una reorientación estratégica significativa, raras veces se originaba en una actividad de planificación formal; en realidad muchas veces ni siquiera venía de las oficinas de los directivos superiores (Mintzberg, 1999). Abstract in english The emergence of new markets, e-business, the development of new technologies, the level of organizational competitiveness, the globalization or aggregation, no doubt that the knowledge is one of the most critical variables to achieve sustainable success in any organization (Argyris y Schon, 1978; N [...] onaka, 1991; Kogut y Zander, 1992; among others). One of the most pressing challenges for organizations is to increase its performance of innovation; we have been living a "knowledge economy" that just the knowledge has to become tangibly in an innovation to allow organizations to remain competitive. In this paper the author presents an analysis to explain the degree of correlation between innovation and strategy on the organizations, since they seem to be contradictory concepts: strategy involves planning and innovation involves inventing "without an apparent order". From this perspective, a new point of view in relation to the contexts of the organizations might be considered, in function of the strategy, to obtain a better performance of innovation, through a study conducted on Guanajuato State, Mexico. The methodology is developed based on the constructivist paradigm; it was based methodologically on the "Reconstruction of the Whole" (Páramo, 1999). In the estimates made, it was finding a 37% between innovation and strategic, with the learning school. Normality test of residuals was made, finding that the data behave normally resulting in a p-value of 58%. Also, we conducted surveys of e

  3. Social Metaphorical Mapping of the Concept of Force "CHI-KA-RA" in Japanese

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    Suzuki, Mariko

    2005-01-01

    This research focused on the concept of "force" ("CHI-KA-RA" in Japanese) in Newtonian mechanics. The primary objective was to develop a tool, based on metaphor, to interpret student thinking in learning scientific topics. The study provides an example of using the tool to trace the process of mutual changes in thinking during a dialog among…

  4. A MIND MAP QUERY IN INFORMATION RETRIEVAL: THE ‘USER QUERY IDEA’ CONCEPT AND PRELIMINARY RESULTS

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    Rihab Ayed

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Users in Information Retrieval are formulating since many years their queries in a bag of words that should be understandable by the system. The problem of ‘bag of words’ format is that it can cause the deformation of the user’s information need. A question is raised in this paper to discover if there is a more faithful and richer way to users to formulate their idea of search. This paper proposes an approach for users to model their queries in Information Retrieval (IR based on the use of a brainstorming technique (Mind Mapping. The choice of the query representation model is based on assertions concerning Human Mind and habits of thinking. In this approach, an interpretation is suggested for the use of Mind Map, based on the relative importance weight of terms. Preliminary experimentation on a Medical corpus (CLEF2009 showed the accuracy of our approach.

  5. Generation IV nuclear energy systems: road map and concepts. Panel Discussion

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    Full text of publication follows: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems Initiative goal is as follows: Work internationally to identify, assess, and develop over the next three decades nuclear energy technologies that can compete in all markets with the most cost-efficient technologies anticipated while further enhancing nuclear safety, minimizing the impact of nuclear waste, and reducing the risk of proliferation. The first step, to develop a technology road map to guide international research and development cooperation, started in October 2000, is expected to take 2 yr and will address both short-term (5 to 10 yr) and long-term (30 yr) deployment of nuclear energy. The panel, consisting of DOE, National Laboratory, and Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee members, has been active in developing the initiative and road map. (authors)

  6. A new framework for performance evaluation system using strategy map: A case study of Islamic Azad University of Semnan

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    Afsaneh Mozaffari; Hamid Kalaei; Mahsa Shahhosseini; Yahya Chaghouee

    2013-01-01

    During the past few years, there have been extensive developments on Islamic Azad University, which has led on reduction of managerial flexibility. Therefore, these organizations concentrate on their strategic management via usage of the Balanced Model such as Balanced Score Card (BSC) to consider different organizational perspectives and it is important to have good description of organizational strategies and goals. The strategy map is a primary factor to assess the performance in different...

  7. Building the ACS Exams Anchoring Concept Content Map for Undergraduate Chemistry

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    Murphy, Kristen; Holme, Thomas; Zenisky, April; Caruthers, Heather; Knaus, Karen

    2012-01-01

    The ability to coherently assess content knowledge throughout an entire undergraduate career represents a significant advantage for programmatic assessment strategies. Chemistry, as a discipline, has an unusual tool in this regard because of the nationally standardized exams from the ACS Exams Institute. These exams are norm-referenced and allow…

  8. Students' Alternative Conceptions about Electricity and Effect of Inquiry-Based Teaching Strategies

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    Afra, Nada Chatila; Osta, Iman; Zoubeir, Wassim

    2009-01-01

    This study attempted to investigate the alternative conceptions that a group of 12 Lebanese students in a grade 9 class hold about electricity. It also attempted to evaluate learning outcomes of implementing in that class an inquiry-based module for the acquisition of conceptual understanding of basic concepts in electricity. Fourteen mostly…

  9. Community perceptions of childbearing and use of safer conception strategies among HIV-discordant couples in Kisumu, Kenya

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    Brooke T Breitnauer

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Safer conception strategies (SCS have the potential to decrease HIV transmission among HIV-discordant couples who desire children. Community perceptions of SCS may influence the scale-up and uptake of these services, but little is known about how communities will react to these strategies. Without community support for SCS, their success as an HIV prevention tool may be limited. The objective of this study is to characterize community perceptions of SCS for HIV-discordant couples in Kisumu, Kenya, to inform ongoing and future safer conception intervention studies in low-resource settings. Methods: We conducted six focus group discussions and 11 in-depth-interviews in Kisumu, Kenya, among a diverse group (N=59 of community members, including men, women, youth (age 19–25, community health workers and local leaders. An iterative qualitative analysis using a grounded theory approach was employed. Results and discussion: All participants emphasized the importance of childbearing in their society and the right to have children, regardless of an individual's HIV status. While most participants believed that HIV-discordant couples should be allowed to have children, they discussed several barriers to the uptake of SCS such as HIV-related stigma, fear of HIV transmission to the uninfected partner and child, fear of unfamiliar medical procedures and lack of information among community members and health care providers about HIV prevention interventions that allow safer conception. Access to information, community experiences with successful safer conception interventions, healthcare provider training, male engagement and community mobilization may help overcome these barriers. Though assisted reproduction strategies generated the most negative reactions from participants, our results suggest that with education and explanation of these services, participants express interest in these strategies and want them to be offered in their community. Conclusions: Many community members noted a need and desire for safer conception education and services in Kisumu. However, community barriers such as fear, stigma and lack of information should be addressed before safer conception interventions can be successfully implemented and delivered. Further research focused on community education, male engagement and healthcare provider training is a crucial next step in delivering safer conception in this region.

  10. An explanatory model of academic achievement based on aptitudes, goal orientations, self-concept and learning strategies

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    Miñano Pérez, Pablo; Castejón Costa, Juan Luis; Gilar Corbi, Raquel

    2012-01-01

    As a result of studies examining factors involved in the learning process, various structural models have been developed to explain the direct and indirect effects that occur between the variables in these models. The objective was to evaluate a structural model of cognitive and motivational variables predicting academic achievement, including general intelligence, academic self-concept, goal orientations, effort and learning strategies. The sample comprised of 341 Spanish students in the fir...

  11. Earth's gravity field mapping requirements and concept. [using a supercooled gravity gradiometer

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    Vonbun, F. O.; Kahn, W. D.

    1981-01-01

    A future sensor is considered for mapping the Earth's gravity field to meet future scientific and practical requirements for earth and oceanic dynamics. These are approximately + or - 0.1 to 10 mgal over a block size of about 50 km and over land and an ocean geoid to 1 to 2 cm over a distance of about 50 km. To achieve these values requires a gravity gradiometer with a sensitivity of approximately 10 to the -4 power EU in a circular polar orbiting spacecraft with an orbital altitude ranging 160 km to 180 km.

  12. Application of genetic algorithm with genetic modification and quality map in production strategy optimization; Aplicacao de algoritmo genetico com modificacao genetica e mapa de qualidade na otimizacao de estrategia de producao

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    Nakajima, Lincoln; Maschio, Celio; Schiozer, Denis J. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia Mecanica. Dept. de Engenharia de Petroleo

    2008-07-01

    The definition of position and number of wells is the most important stage on production strategy selection, since it will affect the reservoir behavior, which influences future decisions. However this process is time-consuming and it is often a trial-and-error approach. Many studies have been made in order to reduce the engineer's effort in this stage, by minimizing the number of simulation runs through proxy models or by automating the whole process, using some optimization algorithm. This work proposes a methodology that integrates genetic algorithm and quality map to automate the production strategy optimization. It is also introduced the concept of genetic modification, which is the procedure to update the quality map according to the wells production of each evaluated strategy. The objective is to improve the evolutionary process, allowing the evaluation of more promising alternatives, improving the chance of obtaining better solutions without a substantial increase in the number of simulations. (author)

  13. Design concept and testing strategy of a dual functional lithium lead test blanket module for ITER and EAST

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    A Dual Functional Lithium Lead (DFLL) TBM (Test Blanket Module) concept for testing in ITER has been proposed by Chinese Party to demonstrate the technologies of the liquid lithium lead (LiPb) breeder blankets, including Quasi-Static Lithium Lead (SLL) breeder blanket and the Dual-cooled Lithium Lead (DLL) breeder blanket, which emphasizes the balance and the consistence between the risk and the attractiveness of blanket technology development. Considering the confliction between the limited ITER resources for TBM testing and the requirement of various blanket concepts proposed by Parties, an effective testing strategy has been proposed to achieve the target of testing both SLL and DLL blanket concepts, technologies, and design tools. It covers three phases: materials R and D and small-scale out-of-pile mockup testing in loops, middle-scale TBMs pre-testing in EAST (the superconducting tokamak in China), and full-scale consecutive TBMs corresponding to different operation phases of ITER during the first 10 years. Description of TBM system concept and the testing strategy combining TBMs testing, in sequence and in parallel, in EAST and ITER, are presented in this contribution. (author)

  14. Análise de vizinhança de mapas conceituais a partir do uso de múltiplos conceitos obrigatórios / Neighborhood analysis of concept maps considering the use of multiple compulsory concepts

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    Paulo Rogério Miranda, Correia; Camila Aparecida Tolentino, Cicuto; Bianca, Dazzani.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Os mapas conceituais (MCs) são úteis para representar o conhecimento e promover a aprendizagem significativa. O objetivo desse trabalho foi utilizar a análise de vizinhança (AViz) para avaliar a aprendizagem dos alunos. Oxigênio, hemácias, células e nutrientes foram conceitos obrigatórios (COs) que [...] deveriam ser utilizados durante a elaboração de um MC para responder à seguinte pergunta: "como os nutrientes e o oxigênio chegam à célula?". Os resultados revelaram que proposições relacionando COs podem ser indicadores de uma adequada compreensão conceitual sobre o tema. Dos 36 MCs considerados, mais de 70% apresentaram 2 ou 3 proposições CO-CO. A AViz é uma maneira simples para identificar proposições com erros ou falta de clareza semântica, permitindo que os professores avaliem o nível de entendimento conceitual dos alunos durante o processo de aprendizagem. Abstract in english Concept maps (CMs) are useful to represent knowledge and promote meaningful learning. The aim of this study was to use Neighborhood Analysis (NeAn) to assess students' learning outcomes. Oxygen, erythrocyte, cells and nutrients were compulsory concepts (CCs) that must be used during the preparation [...] of a CM to answer "how do nutrients and oxygen reach the cell?". The results showed that propositions involving CCs may be indicators of an adequate conceptual understanding about the topic. From all CMs considered in this study (n=36), more than 70% presented two or three CC-CC propositions. NeAn is a straightforward way to identify propositions with mistakes or lack of semantic, allowing teachers to assess students' level of conceptual understanding during the learning process.

  15. An integrated approach to analyze strategy map using BSC – FUZZY AHP: A case study of auto industry

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    Mohammad Abdolshah

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available In an environment, which is highly competitive and everything changes rapidly, managers of organizations face with problems such as how to identify important factors preventing organizations from optimum use of available resources and capacities and invest more on key factors. To achieve this goal, we need to develop an effective strategy map for organizations. The strategy map is a constructional and expanding procedure to identify relationships among all the organization's strategic goals, which play a key role in achieving competitive advantage. Undoubtedly, representing a model to identify and to evaluate the important items for each of available goals in strategy map of each organization is a significant help for management to access higher competition benefits. In this paper, strategic objectives in the strategy map of one of the best producer of electric auto part makers in Iran called Electric Vehicle Co. East are evaluated based on balanced score card perspective and to assign appropriate values to available factors we use a hybrid method consist of AHP technique with Fuzzy logic.

  16. Mapping Aboveground Biomass in the Amazon Basin: Exploring Sensors, Scales, and Strategies for Optimal Data Linkage

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    Walker, W. S.; Baccini, A.

    2013-05-01

    Information on the distribution and density of carbon in tropical forests is critical to decision-making on a host of globally significant issues ranging from climate stabilization and biodiversity conservation to poverty reduction and human health. Encouraged by recent progress at both the international and jurisdictional levels on the design of incentive-based policy mechanisms to compensate tropical nations for maintaining their forests intact, governments throughout the tropics are moving with urgency to implement robust national and sub-national forest monitoring systems for operationally tracking and reporting on changes in forest cover and associated carbon stocks. Monitoring systems will be required to produce results that are accurate, consistent, complete, transparent, and comparable at sub-national to pantropical scales, and satellite-based remote sensing supported by field observations is widely-accepted as the most objective and cost-effective solution. The effectiveness of any system for large-area forest monitoring will necessarily depend on the capacity of current and near-future Earth observation satellites to provide information that meets the requirements of developing monitoring protocols. However, important questions remain regarding the role that spatially explicit maps of aboveground biomass and carbon can play in IPCC-compliant forest monitoring systems, with the majority of these questions stemming from doubts about the inherit sensitivity of satellite data to aboveground forest biomass, confusion about the relationship between accuracy and resolution, and a general lack of guidance on optimal strategies for linking field reference and remote sensing data sources. Here we demonstrate the ability of a state-of-the-art satellite radar sensor, the Japanese ALOS/PALSAR, and a venerable optical platform, Landsat 5, to support large-area mapping of aboveground tropical woody biomass across a 153,000-km2 region in the southwestern Amazon encompassing the state of Acre Brazil. Through a comprehensive comparison involving nearly 50 separate analyses, we assess accuracy in aboveground biomass estimates with respect to varying (a) satellite data inputs, (b) image spatial scales, (c) and field/image data linkage strategies. Our results confirm the utility of both ALOS/PALSAR and Landsat data for the provision of accurate estimates of aboveground biomass, with accuracy increasing markedly with increasing spectral resolution, decreasing spatial resolution, and as the spatial mismatches between field and image data sources are minimized.

  17. Methodology and applicability of a safety and demonstration concept for a HAW final repository on clays. Safety concept and verification strategy; Methodik und Anwendungsbezug eines Sicherheits- und Nachweiskonzeptes fuer ein HAW-Endlager im Tonstein. Sicherheitskonzept und Nachweisstrategie

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    Ruebel, Andre; Meleshyn, Artur

    2014-08-15

    The report describes the site independent frame for a safety concept and verification strategy for a final repository for heat generating wastes in clay rock. In the safety concept planning specifications and technical measures are summarized that are supposed to allow a safe inclusion of radionuclides in the host rock. The verification strategy defines the systematic procedures for the development of fundamentals and scenarios as basis for the demonstration of the safety case and to allow the prognosis of appropriateness. The report includes the boundary conditions, the safety concept for the post-closure phase and the verification strategy for the post-closure phase.

  18. Public protection strategies for potential nuclear reactor accidents: sheltering concepts with existing public and private structures

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    Three generic sheltering/relocation strategies are identified and discussed. They are: population relocation only (no specific sheltering response initiated); sheltering at location following by relocation; and preferential sheltering followed by relocation. Shielding factors representative of these strategies are calculated, and the adequacy of using average shielding factors for the calculation of public health effects is discussed

  19. Conception of forming of marketing strategy of development of the strictly specialized machine-building enterprises

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    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available In the article the basic theoretical going is considered near development and realization of marketing strategy of the strictly specialized machine-building enterprises; the stages of forming of strategy are described; the complex of economic problems of realization of strategic marketing approach is exposed at the market of the special industrial to the products.

  20. Young Brazilian and Norwegian Children’s Concepts of Strategies and Goals for Emotion Regulation

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    Vikan, Arne; Karstad, Silja Berg; Dias, Maria

    2013-01-01

    Four-hundred-and-eighty children in the age groups of four and six years, 240 each from Brazil and Norway, were asked how their feelings of anger, sadness and fear were reduced in a recollected episode, to propose emotion regulation strategies for protagonists and to envisage the result of regulation strategies. A majority of even the youngest…

  1. Nonprofit health care services marketing: persuasive messages based on multidimensional concept mapping and direct magnitude estimation.

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    Hall, Michael L

    2009-01-01

    Persuasive messages for marketing healthcare services in general and coordinated care in particular are more important now for providers, hospitals, and third-party payers than ever before. The combination of measurement-based information and creativity may be among the most critical factors in reaching markets or expanding markets. The research presented here provides an approach to marketing coordinated care services which allows healthcare managers to plan persuasive messages given the market conditions they face. Using market respondents' thinking about product attributes combined with distance measurement between pairs of product attributes, a conceptual marketing map is presented and applied to advertising, message copy, and delivery. The data reported here are representative of the potential caregivers for which the messages are intended. Results are described with implications for application to coordinated care services. Theory building and marketing practice are discussed in the light of findings and methodology. PMID:19813121

  2. The use of active learning strategies in the instruction of Reactor Physics concepts

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    Each of the Active Learning strategies employed to teach Reactor Physics material has been or promises to be instructionally successful. The Cooperative Group strategy has demonstrated a statistically significant increase in student performance on the unit exam in teaching conceptually difficult, transport and diffusion theory material. However, this result was achieved at the expense of a modest increase in class time. The Tutorial CBI programs have enabled learning equally as well as classroom lectures without the direct intervention of an instructor. Thus, the Tutorials have been successful as homework assignments, releasing classroom time for other instruction. However, the time required for development of these tools was large, on the order of two hundred hours per hour of instruction. The initial introduction of the Case-Based strategy was roughly as effective as the traditional classroom instruction. Case-Based learning could well, after important modifications, perform better than traditional instruction. A larger percentage of the students prefer active learning strategies than prefer traditional lecture presentations. Student preferences for the active strategies were particularly strong when they believed that the strategies helped them learn the material better than they would have by using a lecture format. In some cases, students also preferred the active strategies because they were different from traditional instruction, a change of pace. Some students preferred lectures to CBI instruction, primarily because the CBI did not afford them the opportunity to question the instructor during the presentation

  3. The use of active learning strategies in the instruction of Reactor Physics concepts

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    Robinson, Michael A.

    2000-01-01

    Each of the Active Learning strategies employed to teach Reactor Physics material has been or promises to be instructionally successful. The Cooperative Group strategy has demonstrated a statistically significant increase in student performance on the unit exam in teaching conceptually difficult, transport and diffusion theory material. However, this result was achieved at the expense of a modest increase in class time. The Tutorial CBI programs have enabled learning equally as well as classroom lectures without the direct intervention of an instructor. Thus, the Tutorials have been successful as homework assignments, releasing classroom time for other instruction. However, the time required for development of these tools was large, on the order of two hundred hours per hour of instruction. The initial introduction of the Case-Based strategy was roughly as effective as the traditional classroom instruction. Case-Based learning could well, after important modifications, perform better than traditional instruction. A larger percentage of the students prefer active learning strategies than prefer traditional lecture presentations. Student preferences for the active strategies were particularly strong when they believed that the strategies helped them learn the material better than they would have by using a lecture format. In some cases, students also preferred the active strategies because they were different from traditional instruction, a change of pace. Some students preferred lectures to CBI instruction, primarily because the CBI did not afford them the opportunity to question the instructor during the presentation.

  4. A concept map aiding the knowledge management to build the collective knowledge in a nuclear organization - a case study: IEN

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    This paper's proposition is to build and apply a tool to aid the knowledge management based in the intellectual capital as a value and competitiveness aggregator for a science, technology and innovation public organization in the Brazilian's nuclear area - the 'Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear - IEN'. It will be presented the hole survey of the finalistic activities and what has been considered the intellectual capital to be developed and strategically validated in its decision making practices. It was also surveyed the inter relations between the stakeholders, hereby the maintainer (CNEN), federal government, support foundations, public employees and contributors, in many different aspects focusing the continuity of research and development (R and D) activities and its results. As it is going to be detailed, the tool has been designed based in the concept map methodology using the Cmap tools software. The hole cognitive basis used here was constructed under disclosed and recognized knowledge models about knowledge, knowledge management, knowledge transference and intellectual capital. (author)

  5. Strategy for the Reverse Supply Chain : Applicability of the Lean and the Agile Concepts

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    Daugnoraite, Laura; Slaitas, Kestutis

    2010-01-01

    The reverse part of the supply chain becomes more and more important due to the legislation, environmental concerns, higher volumes of returns, etc. As a result, companies cannot see the reverse supply chain as the additional costs only and have to think strategically. The right strategy for the reverse supply chain can help to achieve the competitive advantage. However, there are not so many researches made about strategies for the reverse supply chain yet, contrarily to the forward supply c...

  6. Language Learning Strategy Use and Concept Development among Jordanian Undergraduate English Language Majors

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    Mohammad Al-Jabali

    2012-01-01

    This study investigated, for two continuous years, the level of use of foreign language learning strategies (FLLSs). It also investigated their development in terms of the study-semester and gender variables by 45 Jordanian undergraduate English Language Majors. The Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL) was used as an instrument for collecting the data necessary to answer the questions of the study. Appropriate statistical devices were employed to analyze the data. The findings re...

  7. Exploring the Mobile Structural Assessment Tool: Concept Maps for Learning Website / Exploración de la herramienta de aseguramiento estructural móvil: mapas conceptuales para websites de aprendizaje

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    MEHMET, FILIZ; DAVID, TRUMPOWER; ARUN, VANAPALLI.

    2014-12-15

    Full Text Available En este artículo se describe cómo el algoritmo de búsqueda de ruta convierte puntajes de conceptos pareados en mapas conceptuales. También se presenta cómo este algoritmo ha sido utilizado para desarrollar estos mapas conceptuales para aprendizaje (\\url{http://www.conceptmapsforlearning.com}) basado [...] s en los principios del aseguramiento formativo efectivo. Las redes de búsqueda de ruta, una de las herramientas de representación de redes, ayudan a memorizar a los estudiantes y enunciar las relaciones entre mapas más que las herramientas de expresión espacial (tales como el escalonamiento multidimensional). Por tanto, las redes de búsqueda de rutas han sido usadas en varios estudios de estructura del conocimiento incluyendo la identificación de malos conceptos usados por los estudiantes. Para lograr esto, cada mapa de conocimiento tanto del estudiante como del experto son comparados vía el software de búsqueda de ruta y se remarcan las diferencias entre éstos. Después que los malos conceptos son identificados, el software de búsqueda falla en entregar una retroalimentación en estos nodos conceptuales. Para superar esta debilidad, se desarrolla una herramienta de mapa conceptual móvil que manda retroalimentaciones visuales, textuales y remediales (e.g. vídeos, enlaces a páginas web y applets) en las relaciones de los conceptos. Adicionalmente, los estudiantes son preguntados acerca de qué entienden de la retroalimentación brindada y se les da la oportunidad de revisar sus mapas de conocimiento después de recibir varios tipos de retroalimentación. Abstract in english In this paper, we describe how the pathfinder algorithm converts relatedness ratings of concept pairs to concept maps; we also present how this algorithm has been used to develop the Concept Maps for Learning website (\\url{http://www.conceptmapsforlearning.com}) based on the principles of effective [...] formative assessment. The pathfinder networks, one of the network representation tools, claim to help more students memorize and recall the relations between concepts than spatial representation tools (such as Multi-Dimensional Scaling). Therefore, the pathfinder networks have been used in various studies on knowledge structures, including identifying students misconceptions. To accomplish this, each students knowledge map and the expert knowledge map are compared via the pathfinder software, and the differences between these maps are highlighted. After misconceptions are identified, the pathfinder software fails to provide any feedback on these misconceptions. To overcome this weakness, we have been developing a mobile-based concept mapping tool providing visual, textual and remedial feedback (ex. videos, website links and applets) on the concept relations. This information is then placed on the expert concept map, but not on the students concept map. Additionally, students are asked to note what they understand from given feedback, and given the opportunity to revise their knowledge maps after receiving various types of feedback.

  8. Mapas conceituais no ensino de pós-graduação em enfermagem: relato de experiência / Concept maps of the graduate programme in nursing: experience report / Mapas conceptuales en la escuela de postgrado en enfermería: relato de experiencia

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    Greicy Kelly Gouveia Dias, Bittencourt; Maria Miriam Lima da, Nóbrega; Ana Cláudia Torres, Medeiros; Luciana Gomes, Furtado.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available O mapa conceitual é considerado uma estratégia que possibilita o desenvolvimento de habilidades de pensamento crítico. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar mapas conceituais elaborados por discentes para compreensão de projetos de pesquisa. Trata-se de um relato de experiência oriundo do Tópico Espec [...] ial: Mapa Conceitual, do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Enfermagem da Universidade Federal da Paraíba, em fevereiro de 2012. Desenvolveram-se leituras interativas sobre mapas conceituais, instalação e manuseio do software Cmap Tools, e construção de mapas conceituais. A avaliação considerou coerência entre conceitos, visualização de proposições, clareza de ideias e relação lógica entre conceitos. Como resultado, mapas foram evidenciados com coerência entre conceitos, relações significantes, clareza de ideias e relação lógica entre as etapas de um projeto de pesquisa. Salienta-se que o mapa conceitual pode ser uma estratégia de avaliação do processo de ensino-aprendizagem e pode ser utilizado no ensino, na pesquisa e em reflexões sobre a prática clínica em enfermagem. Abstract in spanish El mapa conceptual se considera una estrategia que permite el desarrollo de habilidades de pensamiento crítico. El objetivo de trabajo fue evaluar mapas conceptuales elaborados por estudiantes para comprensión de proyectos de investigación. Se trata de relato de experiencia que viene de Tema Especia [...] l: Mapa conceptual del Programa de Postgrado en Enfermería/Universidad Federal de Paraíba en febrero/2012. Desarrollando lectura interactiva sobre mapas conceptuales, instalación y manejo de software Cmap Tools, construcción de mapas conceptuales. Para la evaluación, se consideró la coherencia entre conceptos, proposiciones visión, claridad de ideas y relación lógica entre conceptos. Como resultado de ello, con mapas mostraron consistencia entre conceptos, relaciones significativas, claridad de ideas y relación lógica entre etapas de un proyecto de investigación. Debe tenerse en cuenta que el mapa conceptual puede ser una estrategia para evaluar el proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje y se puede utilizar en docencia, investigación y reflexión sobre la práctica de enfermería. Abstract in english The conceptual map is considered a strategy that enables the development of critical thinking skills. The aim of this article was to evaluate concept maps produced by students to obtain an understanding of research projects. This is an experience report based on the Special Topic: concept map of the [...] Graduate Program in Nursing/Federal University of Paraiba in February/2012. Methodology comprised interactive reading of concept maps, installation and use of Cmap Tools® software and construction of concept maps. Concept evaluation included coherence, propositions, clarity of ideas and logical relation between concepts. This evaluation of maps revealed consistency among concepts, significant relationships, clarity of ideas and logical relationship between the stages of a research project. Results showed that the concept map is a valid strategy to evaluate the learning-teaching process and can be used for education, research and reflection in the nursing practice.

  9. I. Concepts of Highly Excited Electronic Systems / II. Electronic Correlation Mapping from Finite to Extended Systems

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    Berakdar, Jamal

    2006-02-01

    Knowledge of the excitation characteristics of matter is decisive for the descriptions of a variety of dynamical processes, which are of significant technological interest. E.g. transport properties and the optical response are controlled by the excitation spectrum. This self-contained work is a coherent presentation of the quantum theory of correlated few-particle excitations in electronic systems. It begins with a compact resume of the quantum mechanics of single particle excitations. Particular emphasis is put on Green function methods, which offer a natural tool to unravel the relations between the physics of small and large electronic systems. The book contains explicit expressions for the Coulomb Green function of two charge particles and a generalization to three-body systems. Techniques for the many-body Green function of finite systems are introduced and some explicit calculations of the Green functions are given. Concrete examples are provided and the theories are contrasted with experimental data, when available. A complimentary volume presents an up-to-date selection of applications of the developed concepts and a comparison with available experiments is made

  10. Feasibility study of axillary reverse mapping lymphoscintigraphy in carcinoma breast: A concept toward preventing lymphedema

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    Gandhi, Sunny J.; Satish, C.; Sundaram, Palaniswamy Shanmuga; Subramanyam, Padma; Vijaykumar, D. K.

    2016-01-01

    Objective: In the surgery of breast cancer, axillary reverse mapping (ARM) is the identification and preservation of arm draining lymph node (ARM node) during an axillary dissection. The assumption is that the ARM node is different from node draining breast and is unlikely to be involved even in the patients with axillary nodal metastases. If we can identify and preserve ARM node using lymphoscintigraphy; morbidity of lymphedema, as seen with axillary dissection, may be avoided. Materials and Methods: Pathologically proven 50 breast cancer patients undergoing initial surgery (cTx-4, cN0-2, and Mx-0) were included in this study. Less than 37 MBq, 0.5 ml in equally divided doses of filtered 99mTc sulfur colloid was injected intradermally into the second and third web spaces. ARM nodes in the axilla were identified with the help of Gamma Probe intraoperatively; however, their location was noted with the reference to specific anatomical landmarks and sent for histopathological examination after excision. Results: The ARM node was successfully identified in 47/50 cases (sensitivity - 94%). In 40 out of 47 cases (85%), the location of the ARM node was found to lateral to the subscapular pedicle, above the second intercostobrachial nerve and just below the axillary vein. Of the 47 patients in whom ARM node/s were identified, metastasis was noted in 5 of them (10%). Four out of these 5 patients had the pN3 disease. Conclusion: ARM node exists, and it is feasible to identify ARM node using radio isotope technique with an excellent sensitivity. ARM node seems to have a fairly constant location in more than 80% cases. It is involved with metastasis (10% cases) only when there are multiple lymph nodal metastases in the axilla.

  11. Mapeamento conceitual da visão de sustentabilidade de diferentes atores do setor florestal brasileiro Concept mapping for the Brazilian forestry sector´s vision of sustainability

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    Aurea Maria Brandi Nardelli

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available A opção por uma estratégia que conduza a mudanças efetivas no setor florestal requer o estabelecimento de uma visão compartilhada de sustentabilidade, que contribua para a consolidação de instituições e que oriente as respostas empresariais. Este estudo foi desenvolvido com o objetivo de identificar quais seriam os elementos que compõem a visão de sustentabilidade para o setor, a partir da opinião de diversos atores sociais que participam de seu campo organizacional. Aplicou-se a técnica de Mapeamento Conceitual, utilizando o programa CONCEPT SYSTEM versão 1.75 para processamento dos dados. As declarações geradas foram agrupadas em seis temas, que abrangeram elementos do manejo florestal ambientalmente adequado, socialmente justo e economicamente viável. Para compor a visão de sustentabilidade do setor florestal brasileiro, os participantes consideraram mais importantes os grupos de conceitos "Floresta e Sociedade" e "Conservação Ambiental". As respostas foram comparadas por segmento e considerou-se o nível de importância aplicado aos elementos da visão de sustentabilidade como um reflexo das regras, dos padrões e dos valores cognitivos dos representantes dos interesses econômicos, sociais e ambientais.Opting for a strategy that produces effective changes in the Brazilian forestry sector requires establishing a shared vision of sustainability which will contribute to consolidating institutions that guide corporate responses. The objective of this study was to identify elements which compose the vision of sustainability for the sector, based on the opinions of several social participants of organizational field. The technique of concept mapping was applied using the CONCEPT SYSTEM program (version 1.75 to process data. The statements generated were grouped into six major themes covering elements of forest management considered environmentally adequate, socially just and economically viable. In composing the vision of sustainability, the participants considered the concept groupings of "Forestry and Society" and "Environmental Conservation" as the most important ones. Responses were compared by sector segments and the level of importance attributed to the elements of the vision was considered as a reflection of the rules, standards and cognitive values held by representatives of economic, social and environmental interests.

  12. Mapeamento conceitual da visão de sustentabilidade de diferentes atores do setor florestal brasileiro / Concept mapping for the Brazilian forestry sector´s vision of sustainability

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    Aurea Maria Brandi, Nardelli; James Jackson, Griffith.

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available A opção por uma estratégia que conduza a mudanças efetivas no setor florestal requer o estabelecimento de uma visão compartilhada de sustentabilidade, que contribua para a consolidação de instituições e que oriente as respostas empresariais. Este estudo foi desenvolvido com o objetivo de identificar [...] quais seriam os elementos que compõem a visão de sustentabilidade para o setor, a partir da opinião de diversos atores sociais que participam de seu campo organizacional. Aplicou-se a técnica de Mapeamento Conceitual, utilizando o programa CONCEPT SYSTEM versão 1.75 para processamento dos dados. As declarações geradas foram agrupadas em seis temas, que abrangeram elementos do manejo florestal ambientalmente adequado, socialmente justo e economicamente viável. Para compor a visão de sustentabilidade do setor florestal brasileiro, os participantes consideraram mais importantes os grupos de conceitos "Floresta e Sociedade" e "Conservação Ambiental". As respostas foram comparadas por segmento e considerou-se o nível de importância aplicado aos elementos da visão de sustentabilidade como um reflexo das regras, dos padrões e dos valores cognitivos dos representantes dos interesses econômicos, sociais e ambientais. Abstract in english Opting for a strategy that produces effective changes in the Brazilian forestry sector requires establishing a shared vision of sustainability which will contribute to consolidating institutions that guide corporate responses. The objective of this study was to identify elements which compose the vi [...] sion of sustainability for the sector, based on the opinions of several social participants of organizational field. The technique of concept mapping was applied using the CONCEPT SYSTEM program (version 1.75) to process data. The statements generated were grouped into six major themes covering elements of forest management considered environmentally adequate, socially just and economically viable. In composing the vision of sustainability, the participants considered the concept groupings of "Forestry and Society" and "Environmental Conservation" as the most important ones. Responses were compared by sector segments and the level of importance attributed to the elements of the vision was considered as a reflection of the rules, standards and cognitive values held by representatives of economic, social and environmental interests.

  13. Map-Based Power-Split Strategy Design with Predictive Performance Optimization for Parallel Hybrid Electric Vehicles

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    Jixiang Fan; Jiangyan Zhang; Tielong Shen

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, a map-based optimal energy management strategy is proposed to improve the consumption economy of a plug-in parallel hybrid electric vehicle. In the design of the maps, which provide both the torque split between engine and motor and the gear shift, not only the current vehicle speed and power demand, but also the optimality based on the predicted trajectory of vehicle dynamics are considered. To seek the optimality, the equivalent consumption, which trades off the fuel and elec...

  14. The Cognitive Science of Learning: Concepts and Strategies for the Educator and Learner.

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    Weidman, Joseph; Baker, Keith

    2015-12-01

    Education is the fundamental process used to develop and maintain the professional skills of physicians. Medical students, residents, and fellows are expected to learn considerable amounts of information as they progress toward board certification. Established practitioners must continue to learn in an effort to remain up-to-date in their clinical realm. Those responsible for educating these populations endeavor to teach in a manner that is effective, efficient, and durable. The study of learning and performance is a subdivision of the field of cognitive science that focuses on how people interpret and process information and how they eventually develop mastery. A deeper understanding of how individuals learn can empower both educators and learners to be more effective in their endeavors. In this article, we review a number of concepts found in the literature on learning and performance. We address both the theoretical principles and the practical applications of each concept. Cognitive load theory, constructivism, and analogical transfer are concepts particularly beneficial to educators. An understanding of goal orientation, metacognition, retrieval, spaced learning, and deliberate practice will primarily benefit the learner. When these concepts are understood and incorporated into education and study, the effectiveness of learning is significantly improved. PMID:26579660

  15. Indigenous Education and Knowledge - a de-legitimised Concept in the Education for All Strategies

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    Kanstrup-Jensen, Annette

    In this paper the attempt is made to emphasize the differences between indigenous education practices and concepts and the Western imposed cultural ethnocentrism in the South East Asian Region. It is my hope that the discussions in the paper will be of interest to scholars and students engaged in...

  16. Energy policy. Technical developments, political strategies, and concepts of action regarding renewable energy sources and rational energy use

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    This interdisciplinary study book deals with problems from the history of energy, energy sytems, energy engineering, and the potential of renewable energy sources: hydro and wind power, biomass, geothermal energy, photovoltaics and solar thermal conversion; the improvement of boundary conditions for their transfer to market; concepts of action and project funding preferences of the EU, USA and Japan in this sector; relevant activities of the federal German government and proposals by non-governmental players in the field as well as strategies for rational energy use; methods for building an energy consensus and criteria for valuating energy systems; concepts of action and proposals for extending solar energy use in the Mediterranean and Afrika, as well as political factors governing the market introduction and export promotion of renewable energy technologies in this triad: the USA, Japan, and the European Union. Seven of the papers contained in the book are individually recorded. (orig./RHM). 76 figs., 100 tabs

  17. Prospects and recommendations for risk mapping to improve strategies for effective malaria vector control interventions in Latin America.

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    Alimi, Temitope O; Fuller, Douglas O; Quinones, Martha L; Xue, Rui-De; Herrera, Socrates V; Arevalo-Herrera, Myriam; Ulrich, Jill N; Qualls, Whitney A; Beier, John C

    2015-01-01

    With malaria control in Latin America firmly established in most countries and a growing number of these countries in the pre-elimination phase, malaria elimination appears feasible. A review of the literature indicates that malaria elimination in this region will be difficult without locally tailored strategies for vector control, which depend on more research on vector ecology, genetics and behavioural responses to environmental changes, such as those caused by land cover alterations, and human population movements. An essential way to bridge the knowledge gap and improve vector control is through risk mapping. Malaria risk maps based on statistical and knowledge-based modelling can elucidate the links between environmental factors and malaria vectors, explain interactions between environmental changes and vector dynamics, and provide a heuristic to demonstrate how the environment shapes malaria transmission. To increase the utility of risk mapping in guiding vector control activities, definitions of malaria risk for mapping purposes must be standardized. The maps must also possess appropriate scale and resolution in order to become essential tools in integrated vector management (IVM), so that planners can target areas in greatest need of control measures. Fully integrating risk mapping into vector control programmes will make interventions more evidence-based, making malaria elimination more attainable. PMID:26694047

  18. Discontinuous PWM Modulation Strategy with Circuit-Level Decoupling Concept of Three-Level Neutral-Point Clamped (NPC) Inverter

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    Zhang, Zhe; Thomsen, Ole Cornelius; Andersen, Michael A. E.

    2013-01-01

    A new pulse width modulation (PWM) strategy which is an alternative approach of discontinuous PWM (DPWM) for a three-level neutral point clamped (NPC) inverter is developed and presented in this paper. The proposed PWM scheme not only takes advantage of the special properties available in NPC...... inverters, but also reduces the switching loss of the inverter along with an inherent neutral point (NP) voltage control. Based on a circuit-level decoupling concept, the NPC inverter can be decoupled into two three-level Buck converters in every defined operating section, and thereby the controller design...

  19. Using a Concept Cartoon to Gain Insight into Children's Calculation Strategies

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    Sexton, Matthew; Gervasoni, Ann; Brandenburg, Robyn

    2009-01-01

    Curriculum reform aimed at improving students' reasoning strategies for calculating was the focus of a research project in which the authors participated along with two school communities in regional Victoria. Another focus of the research was assisting teachers to gain insight into how their students approached calculations. This article explores…

  20. Structured Strategy for Implementation of the Teaching Portfolio Concept in Japan

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    Kurita, Kayoko

    2013-01-01

    This paper describes a strategy for successfully implementing the teaching portfolio in higher education institutions in Japan. The teaching portfolio has gained recognition in Japan in the last few years as an effective instrument for improving and showcasing teaching performance. It is well known that the implementation process is very important…

  1. Exploring Young Children's Understanding of Risks Associated with Internet Usage and Their Concepts of Management Strategies

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    Ey, Lesley-Anne; Cupit, C. Glenn

    2011-01-01

    The Internet provides remarkable opportunities for children's learning and development. Nevertheless, it is unregulated and hard to control, which potentially places children at risk of exploitation. This study examined five-eight-year-old children's understanding of dangers associated with the Internet, management strategies and sources of their…

  2. Storytelling as a Strategy for Understanding Concepts of Electricity and Electromagnetism

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    Kokkotas, Panos; Rizaki, Aikaterini; Malamitsa, Katerina

    2010-01-01

    In our research, we investigated whether students will develop inquiry skills, such as hypothesis exploration and formulation and interpretation, and metacognitive skills, such as comprehension of new knowledge, as a result of a storytelling strategy employed during teaching. We also investigated whether students will utilize the skills and…

  3. CITY BRAND PERSONALITY – AN INTERNATIONAL CONCEPT WITH REGIONAL APPLIANCE IN THE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

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    Oana Tugulea; Claudia Bobalca; Camelia Soponaru

    2013-01-01

    The personality of a city is an important concept to be created and evaluated by local administrators as this should be part of the touristic strategic approach. The aim of this paper is to create a research instrument that allows researchers to define the brand personality of a Romanian city. In order to use one instrument in a specific geographical area, the instrument has to be created using a qualitative research. Three focus groups were conducted in order to identify items to creat...

  4. Sustainable Intrapreneurship - The GSI Concept and Strategy - Unfolding Competitive Advantage via Fair Entrepreneurship

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    Anton, Roman

    2014-01-01

    Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship are among the most important prerequisites and concepts of modern economics and free market theory. Intrapreneurship is defined here in its broadest definition, as grades of entrepreneurship within a given system or entity, such as a company, organization, sector, cluster, national or even global economy. Hereby, intrapreneuring is more than only providing some opportunity to some employees. The wider definition rather unfolds intrapreneuring into a new u...

  5. Design concept and testing strategy of a dual functional lithium lead test blanket module for ITER and EAST

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    Liquid lithium lead (LiPb) breeder blankets, including Quasi-Static Lithium Lead (SLL) breeder blanket and the Dual-cooled Lithium Lead (DLL) breeder blanket, are considered by several parties of ITER program as a design option of DEMO blankets for fusion power reactors due to their potential attractiveness of economy, safety and relatively mature technology base. Considering the confliction between the limited ITER resources for TBM (Test Blanket Module) testing and the requirement of various DEMO blanket concepts proposed by Parties, a Dual Functional Lithium Lead (DFLL) TBM concept has been proposed for testing in ITER to demonstrate the technologies of both SLL and DLL blankets concepts, which emphasizes the balance and the consistence between the risk and the attractiveness of blanket technology development. The DFLL-TBM consists of two specific blanket schemes, namely the DLL and SLL schemes, with as similar as possible basic structure and auxiliary systems except for including FCIs and quicker flowing LiPb as coolant in DLL-TBM to achieve a high outlet temperature. The DLL scheme is the major target of the concept. The SLL scheme may be an optional target if the critical issues (e.g. MHD effects and FCI technology) for the DLL scheme could not be solved. The proposed test strategy will allow consecutively validating SLL/DLL blanket concepts, technologies, and design tools. It covers three phases: materials R and D and small-scale out-of-pile mockup testing in loops, middle-scale TBMs testing in EAST, the superconducting tokamak in China, severing as a pre-testing platform for TBM prior to ITER, because the major parameters of EAST are comparable to those of ITER (for EAST, BT 3.5 ? 4T, D-D neutron rate = 1015 ? 1017 n/sec, average heat flux on the FW = 0.1 ? 0.2 MW/m2, port size = 0.97 x 0.53 m2, plasma pulse length = ? 1000 sec), and full-scale consecutive TBMs corresponding to different operation phases of ITER during the first 10 years. Design details on TBM concept, such as structure scenarios, auxiliary systems, performances analyses and testing strategy combining TBMs testing, in sequence and in parallel, in EAST and ITER, are presented in this contribution. (author)

  6. Patterns of Persian EFL Learners’ Comprehension of Idiomatic Expressions: Reading Strategies and Cross-Cultural Mappings in focus

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    Bahador Sadeghi; Hossein Vahid Dastjerdi; Saeed Ketabi

    2010-01-01

    This paper primarily focuses on the description of the results of a study conducted with sixty Iranian adult EFL learners to investigate how the reading strategies and pragmatic elements are likely to govern and characterize the comprehension and interpretation process of English idioms with and without contextualized reading. It also intends to determine the role of cultural mappings and the extent to which Iranian EFL learners' knowledge of cultural idioms is affected by their L1 when they ...

  7. Aplicação de mapa conceitual para identificação de diagnósticos de enfermagem / Application of concept map for the identification of nursing diagnosis / Aplicación del mapa conceptual para identificación de diagnósticos de enfermería

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    Greicy Kelly Gouveia Dias, Bittencourt; Diego, Schaurich; Maiko, Marini; Maria da Graça Oliveira, Crossetti.

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Trata-se de relato de experiência cujo objetivo é o de relatar a aplicação do Mapa Conceitual como estratégia para desenvolver habilidades de pensamento crítico, na identificação dos diagnósticos de enfermagem prioritários numa situação clínica. Para tanto, apresenta-se o caso clínico fictício elabo [...] rado e o Mapa Conceitual construído com o auxílio do software Cmaps Tools. Concluiu-se que a utilização do Mapa Conceitual na identificação dos diagnósticos de enfermagem possibilitou o desenvolvimento de habilidades do pensamento crítico, devendo seu uso ser estimulado ao longo da formação acadêmica. Abstract in spanish Trata-se del relato de experiencia cuyo objetivo es relatar la aplicación del Mapa Conceptual, como estrategia para desarrollar habilidades del pensamiento crítico, en la identificación de los diagnósticos de enfermería prioritarios en una situación de clínica. Para tanto, se presenta uno caso clíni [...] co ficticio y el Mapa Conceptual construido con auxilio del software Cmaps Tools. Se concluye que la utilización del Mapa Conceptual en la identificación de los diagnósticos de enfermería posibilita el desarrollo de habilidades del pensamiento crítico, debiendo ser estimulado su uso a lo largo de la formación académica. Abstract in english This is an experience report, aiming at describing the application of the Concept Map as a strategy to develop critical thinking skills in the identification of priority nursing diagnoses in a clinical situation. An elaborated fictitious clinical case and the concept map, created by using the IHMC C [...] mapTools computer program, are presented. It was concluded that the use of Concept Map to identify the nursing diagnoses led to the development of critical thinking skills; therefore, its use should be stimulated during the academic program.

  8. Analyses of Teaching Strategies and Learning of Concepts of Astronomy in Elementary Education II

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    Voelzke, Marcos Rincon; Poffo, M. Roberta

    2012-07-01

    The proposed curricular of the State of Sao Paulo suggests for the discipline of Physical and Biological Sciences contents related to Astronomy for the Elementary Education. In 2010, a study was realised in a public school in Santo Andr to examine the pupils' previous knowledge. Only 19% of them reached a satisfactory note. In this year the contents were presented with three different teaching strategies. In the first class an expositive lesson with audiovisual aids was held, in the second one an expositive lesson in dialogue form was used, and in the third class a textbook research. After the approach a clear improvement of the performance was observe, and the class where the contents had been presented in an expositive lesson with dialogue showed the best effectsciency. This study facilitates analyses of the learning procedure and teaching strategies to improve the Astronomy education in the discipline of Science.

  9. Developing An Effective Strategy to Configure Assembly Systems Using Lean Concepts

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    M.Eswaramoorthi; P. S. S. Prasad; P. V. Mohanram

    2010-01-01

    The manufacturing industry has been pushed to adopt more effective production strategies to meet the challenges of shorter life cycle, higher quality, lower cost and wider variety of customer demands. This increased emphasis on achieving highly adaptive manufacturing with reduction in manufacturing costs and better utilization of manufacturing resources force to implementing new and efficient management techniques in their manufacturing operations. Some of the established tools in this contex...

  10. Work with groups in Family Health: concepts, structure and strategies for transcultural care. A qualitative study

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    Maria Teresinha de Oliveira Fernandes; Sônia Maria Soares

    2007-01-01

    This paper aims to investigate strategies of transcultural care emerging from group work in Family Health programs. It is a qualitative study based on Madeleine Leininger’s theory of the diversity and universality of care. Subjects were health professionals participating in Family Health teams, all of whom were group coordinators for diabetics and hypertensive patients in basic health care units within a sanitary district of Belo Horizonte. Participative observation and open interviews were u...

  11. ''Energy 2000 - Radioactive waste disposal 2000'': strategy and concept of nuclear waste disposal in Switzerland

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    The preparatory steps for final disposal have reached a high degree of safety and have been tested industrially. Final storage for low and medium active wastes are in operation in several countries. Testing of locations for final storage of highly active wastes in Switzerland has begun. The application of the storage concept agreed to by the Federal Council however, has run into long delays due to the missing regulatory instruments. The division of competence between the state and the cantons must be cleared up at the political level

  12. Long-term interim storage concepts with conditioning strategies ensuring compatibility with subsequent disposal or reprocessing

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    The objective of the CEA studies carried out under research topic 3 (long-term interim storage) of the 1991 French radioactive waste management law is to demonstrate the industrial feasibility of a comprehensive, flexible interim storage facility by thoroughly evaluating and comparing all the basic components of various interim storage concepts. In this context, the CEA is considering reference solutions or concepts based on three primary components (the package, the interim storage facility and the site) suitable for determining the specifications of a very long-term solution. Some aspects are examined in greater detail, such as the implementation of long-term technologies, conditioning processes ensuring the absence of water and contamination in the facility, or allowance for radioactive decay of the packages. The results obtained are continually compiled in reports substantiating the design options. These studies should also lead to an overall economic assessment in terms of the capital and operating cost requirements, thereby providing an additional basis for selecting the design options. The comparison with existing industrial facilities highlights the technical and economic progress represented by the new generation of interim storage units. (authors)

  13. Domestic water and sanitation as water security: monitoring, concepts and strategy.

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    Bradley, David J; Bartram, Jamie K

    2013-11-13

    Domestic water and sanitation provide examples of a situation where long-term, target-driven efforts have been launched with the objective of reducing the proportion of people who are water-insecure, most recently through the millennium development goals (MDGs) framework. Impacts of these efforts have been monitored by an increasingly evidence-based system, and plans for the next period of international policy, which are likely to aim at universal coverage with basic water and sanitation, are being currently developed. As distinct from many other domains to which the concept of water security is applied, domestic or personal water security requires a perspective that incorporates the reciprocal notions of provision and risk, as the current status of domestic water and sanitation security is dominated by deficiency This paper reviews the interaction of science and technology with policies, practice and monitoring, and explores how far domestic water can helpfully fit into the proposed concept of water security, how that is best defined, and how far the human right to water affects the situation. It is considered that they fit well together in terms both of practical planning of targets and indicators and as a conceptual framework to help development. The focus needs to be broad, to extend beyond households, to emphasize maintenance as well as construction and to increase equity of access. International and subnational monitoring need to interact, and monitoring results need to be meaningful to service providers as well as users. PMID:24080628

  14. A Comparative Study of the Effects of a Concept Mapping Enhanced Laboratory Experience on Turkish High School Students' Understanding of Acid-Base Chemistry

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    Ozmen, Haluk; Demircioglu, Gokhan; Coll, Richard K.

    2009-01-01

    The research reported here consists of the introduction of an intervention based on a series of laboratory activities combined with concept mapping. The purpose of this intervention was to enhance student understanding of acid-base chemistry for tenth grade students' from two classes in a Turkish high school. An additional aim was to enhance…

  15. Effect of Instructor-Provided Concept Maps and Self-Directed Learning Ability on Students' Online Hypermedia Learning Performance

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    Chou, Pao-Nan

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this experimental study was to explore the instructional effectiveness of integrating varied instructor-provided concept maps into an online hypertext learning environment, and the effect of learners' self-directed learning abilities on their learning performance. The research adopted a randomized posttest with…

  16. Do Science and Technology Teachers and Pre-Service Primary Teachers Have Different Thoughts about Concept Maps in Science and Technology Lessons?

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    Karakuyu, Yunus

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to determine the thoughts of primary science and technology teachers, primary class teachers, pre-service primary class teachers and pre-service primary science and technology teachers' about concept maps. This scale applied the use of basic and random method on the chosen 125 4th and 5th grade primary class teachers…

  17. Ecological problems related to uranium mining and uranium processing industry in Ukraine and restoration strategy concept

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    Ukraine's uranium facilities are located in the central part of the country, in urbanized districts with a high population density and intensively developed industry and agriculture. Nearly 50 years of uranium mining and milling at these facilities have caused radioactive contamination of the environment. This paper is devoted to identification of the main sources of actual and potential releases of radioactive materials to the environment, assessment of the radiological and environment risk as a basis for remedial measures. Choice of the best strategy for site restoration are described in this paper. (author)

  18. The Care of Corporal Punishment: Conceptions of Early Childhood Discipline Strategies among Parents and Grandparents in a Poor and Urban Area in Tanzania

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    Frankenberg, Sofia Johnson; Holmqvist, Rolf; Rubenson, Birgitta

    2010-01-01

    This study investigates conceptions of early childhood discipline strategies discussed in focus groups with parents and grandparents in a poor urban area in Tanzania. A grounded theory analysis suggested a model that included four discipline strategies related to corporal punishment: to beat with care, to treat like an egg, as if beating a snake…

  19. CITY BRAND PERSONALITY – AN INTERNATIONAL CONCEPT WITH REGIONAL APPLIANCE IN THE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

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    Oana Tugulea

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The personality of a city is an important concept to be created and evaluated by local administrators as this should be part of the touristic strategic approach. The aim of this paper is to create a research instrument that allows researchers to define the brand personality of a Romanian city. In order to use one instrument in a specific geographical area, the instrument has to be created using a qualitative research. Three focus groups were conducted in order to identify items to create the research instrument which is presented at the end of the paper. This research is a preliminary step for a future quantitative research that is intended to measure the city brand personality of the city of Iasi. The created instrument can be applied to any Romanian city.

  20. Language Management x 3 : A Theory, a Sub-concept, and a Business Strategy Tool

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    Sanden, Guro Refsum

    2014-01-01

    The term ‘language management’ has become a widely used expression in the sociolinguistic literature. Originally introduced by Jernudd and Neustupný in 1987, as a novel continuation of the language planning tradition stemming from the 1960/70s, language management along these lines has developed into the Language Management Theory (LMT). A second definition of language management, diverting from LMT, can be found in the work of Spolsky, who treats language management as a theoretical component of the wider concept of language policy. Furthermore, over the past 15 years a number of scholars, particularly from the international management discipline, appear to have taken an interest in language as a variable in business and corporate management. It is also common to refer to this research field as language management. This conceptual article offers a theoretically based comparison of the three definitions of language management, before discussing five main focus points, which may be used to highlight their analytical differences.

  1. Mapping the First 10 Years with Leximancer: Themes and Concepts in the Sports Management International Journal Choregia

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    Christos Anagnostopoulos

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This study uses Leximancer (a text-mining tool for visualizing the structure of concepts and themes in text to map the published research within Sports Management International Journal Choregia from 2005 to 2014. Drawing on 88 papers, of which 61 were classified as empirical and 27 as non-empirical ones, results reveal that the last half of the examined period concerned works that do not relate to the Greek context, which has been the case during the first years of Choregia’s publication. ‘Sports participation’, ‘physical activity’, ‘Greek football clubs’ – all largely associated with ‘management’ and ‘factors’ – shape the main themes in the studies published within Choregia. In addition, an emphasis on positivistic approaches, through the employment of questionnaires and utilizing students as the population for data collection, appears to be the dominant methodological orientation of the published content in Choregia. Becoming the platform for studies that originate beyond the American, Greek, and Iranian contexts, through special issues and invited contributions in the form of research notes would potentially increase this outlet’s scope and depth (that is, context and themes, respectively.

  2. Mapping the inhomogeneity of the U and Th distributions using sample size concept in the field conditions

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    Indigenously fabricated portable gamma-ray spectrometer (PGRS) is used for the measurement of gamma activity of 214Bi (1.76 MeV) and 208Tl (2.62 MeV), under field conditions in Mohar area, Shivpuri Distt. (MP). The energies are discriminated by using a NaI (Tl) crystal of size 1.75 inch x 2 inch. PGRS used to map the primordial elemental distributions shows reversals of concentration of thorium and uranium (represented by radium group) in field and lab analysis in many samples, which is attributed to the inhomogeneity of distribution of these elements in the area. The concept of difference in the volume of dish shaped field sample and the randomly picked up sample from the field grid point (400 gm in lab analysis) is utilized to interpret the inhomogeneity of these elements. However interpretations are based on the assumption that these primordial elements (U, Th) are in secular equilibrium and the terrain has low topographic relief. (author)

  3. Use of a group concept mapping approach to define learning outcomes for an interdisciplinary module in medicine.

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    Stoyanov, Slavi; Spoelstra, Howard; Bennett, Deirdre; Sweeney, Catherine; Van Huffel, Sabine; Shorten, George; O'Flynn, Siun; Cantillon-Murphy, Padraig; O'Tuathaigh, Colm; Burgoyne, Louise

    2014-06-01

    Learning outcomes are typically developed using standard group-based consensus methods. Two main constraints with standard techniques such as the Delphi method or expert working group processes are: (1) the ability to generate a comprehensive set of outcomes and (2) the capacity to reach agreement on them. We describe the first application of Group Concept Mapping (GCM) to the development of learning outcomes for an interdisciplinary module in medicine and engineering. The biomedical design module facilitates undergraduate participation in clinician-mentored team-based projects that prepare students for a multidisciplinary work environment. GCM attempts to mitigate the weaknesses of other consensus methods by excluding pre-determined classification schemes and inter-coder discussion, and by requiring just one round of data structuring. Academic members from medicine and engineering schools at three EU higher education institutions participated in this study. Data analysis, which included multidimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analysis, identified two main categories of outcomes: technical skills (new advancement in design process with special attention to users, commercialization and standardization) and transversal skills such as working effectively in teams and creative problem solving. The study emphasizes the need to address the highest order of learning taxonomy (analysis, synthesis, problem solving, creativity) when defining learning outcomes. PMID:24323801

  4. Combotherapy and current concepts as well as future strategies for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease

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    Fan LY

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Ling-Yun Fan,1,2 Ming-Jang Chiu2–4 1Department of Neurology, En Chu Kong Hospital, 2Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, Graduate Institute of Brain and Mind Sciences, 3Graduate Institute of Psychology, 4Graduate Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Bioinformatics, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan Abstract: It has been estimated that 35.6 million people globally had dementia in 2010 and the prevalence of dementia has been predicted to double every 20 years. Thus, 115.4 million people may be living with dementia in 2050. Alzheimer's disease (AD is the leading cause of dementia and is present in 60%–70% of people with dementia. Unfortunately, there are few approved drugs that can alleviate the cognitive or behavioral symptoms of AD dementia. Recent studies have revealed that pathophysiological changes related to AD occur decades before the appearance of clinical symptoms of dementia. This extended preclinical phase of AD provides a critical chance for disease-modifying agents to halt or delay the relentless process of AD. Although several trials targeting various pathological processes are ongoing, the examination of the combined use of different approaches to combat AD seems warranted. In this article, we will review current therapies, future strategies, and ongoing clinical trials for the treatment of AD with a special focus on combination therapies. Furthermore, preventive strategies for cognitively normal subjects in the presymptomatic stages of AD will also be addressed. In this review, we discuss current hypotheses of the disease process. In the decades since the approval of cholinesterase inhibitors, no new drug has ultimately demonstrated clear success in clinical trials. Given the difficulties that have been encountered in attempts to identify a single drug that can treat AD, we must pursue effective multi-target strategies, ie, combination therapies. The combination of cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine is considered well tolerated and safe, and this combination benefits patients with moderate-to-severe AD. In contrast, with the exception of adjuvant therapies of conventional drugs, combinations of different disease-modifying agents with different mechanisms may have promising synergic effects and benefit cognition, behavior, and daily living function. Keywords: disease-modifying agent, combination therapy, Alzheimer's disease

  5. Agent-based Cyber Control Strategy Design for Resilient Control Systems: Concepts, Architecture and Methodologies

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    Craig Rieger; Milos Manic; Miles McQueen

    2012-08-01

    The implementation of automated regulatory control has been around since the middle of the last century through analog means. It has allowed engineers to operate the plant more consistently by focusing on overall operations and settings instead of individual monitoring of local instruments (inside and outside of a control room). A similar approach is proposed for cyber security, where current border-protection designs have been inherited from information technology developments that lack consideration of the high-reliability, high consequence nature of industrial control systems. Instead of an independent development, however, an integrated approach is taken to develop a holistic understanding of performance. This performance takes shape inside a multiagent design, which provides a notional context to model highly decentralized and complex industrial process control systems, the nervous system of critical infrastructure. The resulting strategy will provide a framework for researching solutions to security and unrecognized interdependency concerns with industrial control systems.

  6. Mapping the Galaxy Color-Redshift Relation: Optimal Photometric Redshift Calibration Strategies for Cosmology Surveys

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    Masters, Daniel; Stern, Daniel; Ilbert, Olivier; Salvato, Mara; Schmidt, Samuel; Longo, Giuseppe; Rhodes, Jason; Paltani, Stephane; Mobasher, Bahram; Hoekstra, Henk; Hildebrandt, Hendrik; Coupon, Jean; Steinhardt, Charles; Speagle, Josh; Faisst, Andreas; Kalinich, Adam; Brodwin, Mark; Brescia, Massimo; Cavuoti, Stefano

    2015-01-01

    Calibrating the photometric redshifts of >10^9 galaxies for upcoming weak lensing cosmology experiments is a major challenge for the astrophysics community. The path to obtaining the required spectroscopic redshifts for training and calibration is daunting, given the anticipated depths of the surveys and the difficulty in obtaining secure redshifts for some faint galaxy populations. Here we present an analysis of the problem based on the self-organizing map, a method of mapping the distribution of data in a high-dimensional space and projecting it onto a lower-dimensional representation. We apply this method to existing photometric data from the COSMOS survey selected to approximate the anticipated Euclid weak lensing sample, enabling us to robustly map the empirical distribution of galaxies in the multidimensional color space defined by the expected Euclid filters. Mapping this multicolor distribution lets us determine where - in galaxy color space - redshifts from current spectroscopic surveys exist and whe...

  7. The BrainMap strategy for standardization, sharing, and meta-analysis of neuroimaging data

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    Bzdok Danilo

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Neuroimaging researchers have developed rigorous community data and metadata standards that encourage meta-analysis as a method for establishing robust and meaningful convergence of knowledge of human brain structure and function. Capitalizing on these standards, the BrainMap project offers databases, software applications, and other associated tools for supporting and promoting quantitative coordinate-based meta-analysis of the structural and functional neuroimaging literature. Findings In this report, we describe recent technical updates to the project and provide an educational description for performing meta-analyses in the BrainMap environment. Conclusions The BrainMap project will continue to evolve in response to the meta-analytic needs of biomedical researchers in the structural and functional neuroimaging communities. Future work on the BrainMap project regarding software and hardware advances are also discussed.

  8. Mapping Strategies and Sound Engine Design for an Augmented Hybrid Piano

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    Dahlstedt, Palle

    Based on a combination of novel mapping techniques and carefully designed sound engines, I present an augmented hybrid piano specifically designed for improvisation. The mapping technique, originally developed for other control interfaces but here adapted to the piano keyboard, is based on a dyna...... musical work. Performances include concerts in UK, Japan, Singapore, Australia and Sweden, in solos and ensembles, performed by several pianists. Variations of this hybrid instrument for digital keyboards are also presented....

  9. Mapas conceituais: estratégia de ensino/aprendizagem e ferramenta avaliativa / Conceptual maps: teaching and learning strategies and an evaluative tool

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    Nadia Aparecida de, Souza; Evely, Boruchovitch.

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente ensaio tem por objetivo apresentar uma reflexão sobre as potencia lidades do mapa conceitual como estratégia de ensino/aprendizagem e ferramenta ava liativa. Revisitar o referencial teórico relativo à temática possibilitou contemplar a utili dade do mapa conceitual sob diferentes perspect [...] ivas: daquele que ensina e daquele que aprende. Valer-se dos mapas conceituais como estratégias de ensino/aprendizagem, também e concomitantemente como ferramenta avaliativa, é criar possibilidades para a organiza ção do conhecimento pela promoção de experiências educativas que provoquem não somen te reflexão, busca de compreensão e processamento profundo da informação, mas tam bém o desenvolvimento da autorregulação, da metacognição e do aprender a aprender Abstract in english This essay has the purpose of reflecting upon the potential benefits of con ceptual map as teaching and learning strategies and an evaluative tool. To revisit the the oretical framework of this theme made it possible to analyze the utility of conceptual map under different perspectives: the teachers [...] ´ and the students´. It became clear that the use of conceptual map as teaching and learning strategies, as well as an evaluative tool, leads to knowledge organization by means of promotion of learning experiences which not only generate reflection, comprehension and deep processing of information, but also contributes to the development of metacognition, self-regulation and learning to learn processes

  10. Mapas conceituais: estratégia de ensino/aprendizagem e ferramenta avaliativa Conceptual maps: teaching and learning strategies and an evaluative tool

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    Nadia Aparecida de Souza

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente ensaio tem por objetivo apresentar uma reflexão sobre as potencia lidades do mapa conceitual como estratégia de ensino/aprendizagem e ferramenta ava liativa. Revisitar o referencial teórico relativo à temática possibilitou contemplar a utili dade do mapa conceitual sob diferentes perspectivas: daquele que ensina e daquele que aprende. Valer-se dos mapas conceituais como estratégias de ensino/aprendizagem, também e concomitantemente como ferramenta avaliativa, é criar possibilidades para a organiza ção do conhecimento pela promoção de experiências educativas que provoquem não somen te reflexão, busca de compreensão e processamento profundo da informação, mas tam bém o desenvolvimento da autorregulação, da metacognição e do aprender a aprenderThis essay has the purpose of reflecting upon the potential benefits of con ceptual map as teaching and learning strategies and an evaluative tool. To revisit the the oretical framework of this theme made it possible to analyze the utility of conceptual map under different perspectives: the teachers´ and the students´. It became clear that the use of conceptual map as teaching and learning strategies, as well as an evaluative tool, leads to knowledge organization by means of promotion of learning experiences which not only generate reflection, comprehension and deep processing of information, but also contributes to the development of metacognition, self-regulation and learning to learn processes

  11. On-Orbit Maintenance Operations Strategy for the International Space Station - Concept and Implementation

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    Patterson, Linda P.

    2001-01-01

    The International Space Station (ISS) has an operational mission and profile that makes it a Logistics and Maintenance (L&M) support challenge different from previous programs. It is permanently manned, assembled on orbit, and multi-national. With this technical and operational challenge, a unique approach is needed to support the hardware and crew. The key is the integration of on-orbit and ground analysis, supply, maintenance, and crew training into a coherent functional process that supports ISS goals and objectives. To integrate all the necessary aspects of hardware and personnel to support on-orbit maintenance, a myriad of products and processes must be created and coordinated, such that the right resources are in the right place at the right time to ensure continued ISS functionality. This paper will familiarize the audience with ISS On-Orbit Maintenance (OOM) concepts and capabilities for different maintenance tasks and discuss some of the logic behind their selection. It will also identify the operational maintenance support responsibility split between the U.S. and the various International Partners (IPs).

  12. Canadian fuel cell development strategy: definition of fuel cell design macroparameters and selection of design concepts

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    Scott, D.S.

    1981-07-01

    The objectives of this study were to define overall performance and cost goals of a fuel cell system to power a commuter rail locomotive and to investigate design concepts that can meet these goals. In order to satisfy the objectives it was considered appropriate to structure the work activities along three components: the computer modelling of commuter rail locomotive performance, such that performance and cost targets for a competitive fuel cell system may be adequately determined, the examination of potential target applications for a Canadian fuel cell technology, and the determination of more detailed fuel cell design criteria. Work on all components has been performed. A computer simulation was undertaken of Toronto's GO Transit Lakeshore line. Studies have identified the principle that fuel cell market penetration is more likely in those settings where fuel cost is a high fraction of the total operating cost. Target applications are outlined in Great Lakes shipping and telecommunications splicing vans. Fuel cell design considerations examined include the use of carbon substrates or nickel electrodes and the constraints of heat and current management upon large-area electrodes. 2 refs.

  13. The recharge area concept: A strategy for siting nuclear waste repositories

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    The Recharge Area Concept is the proposition that in Canadian-Shield type natural environments recharge areas of regional groundwater flow systems are superior for high-level nuclear waste repositories to other types of groundwater flow regimes, especially to areas of groundwater discharge. This conclusion is reached from an analysis of basinal groundwater flow models. The calculations were made for a two-dimensional flank of a fully saturated topographic basin, 20 km long and 4 km deep, in which groundwater is driven by gravity. Variants of hydraulic-conductivity distributions were considered: 1) homogeneous; 2) stratified; and 3) stratified-faulted. The faults attitudes were changed by steps from vertical to horizontal for different variants. The model is assumed conceptually to represent the crystalline-rock environment of the Canadian Shield. The hydrogeologic performances of hypothetical repositories placed 500 m deep in the recharge and discharge areas were characterized by thirteen parameters. The principal advantages of recharge- over discharge-area locations are: 1) longer travel paths and return-flow times from repository to surface; 2) robustness of predicted values of performance parameters; 3) field-verifiability of favourable hydrogeologic conditions (amounting to an implicit validation of the calculated minimum values of return-flow times); 4) site acceptance based on quantifiable and observable flow-controlling parameters; and 5) simple logistics and favourable economics of site selection and screening. As a by-product of modeling, it is demonstrated that the presence of old water is not an indication of stagnancy. (author)

  14. Establishment of an indicator concept for the German strategy on adaptation to climate change

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    Schoenthaler, Konstanze; Andrian-Werburg, Stefan von; Wulfert, Katrin [Bosch und Partner GmbH, Muenchen (Germany); Luthardt, Vera; Kreinsen, Beatrice; Schultz-Sternberg, R.; Hommel, Robert [Hochschule fuer Nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (Germany)

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    Even if we succeed in achieving the EU target of reducing global warming to 2 C, it will be absolutely essential to adapt to changing climatic conditions. The greenhouse gases currently present in the atmosphere will influence the climate in coming decades. The day on which it is quite clear which climatic scenario prevails, so that it is possible to model all relevant processes down to regional level, will be the day on which it is too late to adapt to the actual scenario. Our endeavours to adapt to climate change do not mean, however, that we can neglect to take measures in order to reduce the output of greenhouse gases. It is important to remember that on their own, neither adaptation nor mitigation can prevent the grave impacts resulting from climate change. In fact, they complement each other meaningfully thus helping to alleviate the risks of climate change. On 17th December 2008 the German Federal Cabinet adopted the DAS (German Strategy for the Adaptation to Climate Change), (Bundesregierung 2008). The DAS has created the framework for adapting to the consequences of climate change in Germany. First and fore-most, the DAS contributes its guidelines at Federal level, to provide a guideline for agents at other levels. The Strategy lays the foundation for a medium-term process. In conjunction with the individual Federal States and other groups representing various sectors of society, the Strategy provides a step-by-step assessment of the risks of climate change. Furthermore, it states the potential requirements for action, and defines the appropriate goals and potential adaptation measures to be developed and implemented in this process. In due course, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) will design a comprehensive set of tools to support and advance the DAS. An integral part of this will be the Special Information System 'Adaptation' (FISKA) and an Indicator System to aid adaptation. The latter is one of the key tasks identified for the DAS. As far as the Indicator System is concerned, it has been decided to prepare a Report on Indicators for the success of adaptation measures and the challenges facing Germany. Proposals regarding indicators for monitoring the success of the adaptation strategy and a proposal for a suitable illustration in the shape of an indicator-based report for adaptation at Federal level are to be presented in spring 2011, in conjunc-tion with the publication of the Action Plan 'Adaptation at Federal Level'. This may be added to the Action Plan either as an enclosure or as a supplementary document. Furthermore it is planned to incorporate the preparation of a Report on Indicators and the underlying Indicator Set as a Measure under the Action Plan. This is to be achieved by 2013. Subsequently, regular reviews of progress made in adapting to the consequences of climate change could be carried out by means of progress reports. The DAS Indicator System and the Adaptation Report will be developed in a multi-stage process on behalf of the BMU. This process will be under the aegis of UBA / KomPass. The Consultation Project entitled 'Indicators for the German Adaptation Strategy' discussed in this document, was initiated in December 2008 and completed in March 2010. It resulted in an initial set of indicators for adaptation at Federal level and a structure for the Report on Indicators. This set of indicators will be consolidated in a R and E project that is scheduled to run (with a time lag) from the beginning of 2010 until the beginning of 2011. One of the objectives of this R and D project is to produce a Report on Indicators. The Consultation Project was initially based on a sectoral and very pragmatic approach thus reflecting the basic structural approach of the DAS. The statements contained in the DAS refer essentially to the Action Fields and to two additional Cross-sectional Fields. The Con-sultation Project dealt with all Action Fields and Cross-sectional Fields. These are: - human health, - building sector, - water regime, water management, coastal and marine protection - soil, - biodiversity, - agriculture, - woodland and forestry, - fishery, - energy industry (change, transport and utilities), - finance management, - transport, transport infrastructure, - trade and industry, - tourism industry, - the Cross-sectional Fields of spatial, regional and physical development planning as well as population protection. The intention is, in due course, to pursue a more integrated approach to the adaptation proc-ess, for example by prioritising adaptation measures at Federal level across a number of Action Fields. As far as the future development of indicators is concerned, it is therefore in-tended to consider also those indicators which offer the potential of achieving political pro-gress in adapting to climate change for the whole of Germany. In this context, one of the most important questions will be whether the Federal Government is creating the appropriate regulatory framework to support adaptation. The broad range of areas affected by climatic impacts and the requirement to apply and agree adaptation measures as far as possible encompassing all sectors, makes it necessary to involve all government departments in the development of the Indicator System. Despite the Environment Department's leading role in directing the overall process, it relies on the active cooperation of and acceptance by all other government departments throughout the entire process - from selecting the indicators to preparing the report. The UBA's Consultation Project FG I.2.1 'Climate Protection' paved the way for a successive incorporation of gov-ernment departments for implementation by the principal in the course of numerous bilateral discussions and mini group meetings. Until the reporting process for the Consultation Project began in early March 2010, the liaison work with various individual government departments had reached various degrees of intensity. (orig.)

  15. Cognitive Mapping Techniques: Implications for Research in Engineering and Technology Education

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    Dixon, Raymond A.; Lammi, Matthew

    2014-01-01

    The primary goal of this paper is to present the theoretical basis and application of two types of cognitive maps, concept map and mind map, and explain how they can be used by educational researchers in engineering design research. Cognitive mapping techniques can be useful to researchers as they study students' problem solving strategies…

  16. 'Catch them young strategy' for the ethical education on radiation technology: A concept of 7 'Es'

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    It is the ethics which makes human to make the justifiable use of radiation; there are always two sides of coin; the benefits in the use of ionising radiation and radionuclide should weigh with the risk. Radiation technology has both, the advantages and disadvantages with certain shortcomings; however abandonment of any technology at this juncture may be threat to human civilization. There should always be a rapid evolving process in the development of technology-and so in radiation techniques for the sustenance of human welfare. Hence a ''strategy'' is intended to be proposed and formulated through this Conference; some in-depth and deep rooted engravings on the young minds are proposed which are going to be the part of an enlightened citizens and policy makers of tomorrow who could justifiably implement the right and better use of radiation technology. Thus nowhere it could be taken as the liberal use of double-edged sword. The proposed strategy in the presentation will emphasize on educational policy from light learning activities in the classroom to a short term and long-lasting impact for the young children through planned lessons which could make a mind-etching luminous part of their curriculum. Ethics is an engrave on the minds which are formed after prolonged exposure of stimuli to brain through receptor organs by various ways like by a regular 'dinner table chats', company chat on playground' and 'off-hour chat by teacher' or by self-experience. Radiation education leading to ethics certainly can not be by self-experiences - however the narration, pictures and movies on some of incidences like that of Hiroshima and Nagasaki should be very often and religiously given and shown to them world wide. An impressive and sugar-coated' informal ways of radiation education is needed. The principle of 7 Es i.e. how exposure to experiences, education, enrichment of knowledge, elimination of fear and engravings in mind lead to ethics for radiation which will give us enlightened citizens, policy-makers and leaders. Author will advocate the inclusion of certain lessons in curriculum whereby child should cultivate rationality of the use of radiation and eliminate fear against radiation. This would enable adolescent brains to permeate the judicious learning leading to the formation of their mindset and related behaviour. The psychological and sociological impact of radiation education with the possible questions in the minds of august audience and luminaries are also intended to be discussed. The logics based upon the adolescent brain and age-related behavioral manifestations will further advocate the proposed strategic and premeditated theory on ethical education on the use of radiation technology. (author)

  17. Work with groups in Family Health: concepts, structure and strategies for transcultural care. A qualitative study

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    Maria Teresinha de Oliveira Fernandes

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims to investigate strategies of transcultural care emerging from group work in Family Health programs. It is a qualitative study based on Madeleine Leininger’s theory of the diversity and universality of care. Subjects were health professionals participating in Family Health teams, all of whom were group coordinators for diabetics and hypertensive patients in basic health care units within a sanitary district of Belo Horizonte. Participative observation and open interviews were used for data collection. Information was collected between June and November 2006, respecting ethical issues. Data interpretation was based on Bardin’s proposal for content analysis. The themes we found were as follows: the group in a transcultural perspective, how the group is structured, work strategies with diabetic and hypertensive groups, the technology of work with groups in a transcultural perspective, and the challenges and advances of group work in Family Health programs. Results indicate that group work is still poorly innovative, with a need to increase multidisciplinarity; current methodologies emphasize a culture of disease and recurrent pedagogic processes such as approaches still focused on the transmission of knowledge. It is worth noting that certain professionals, such as nurses, physical therapists and social workers, practice a differentiated approach centered on the culture of subjects and on the validation of their experiences. The gaze on diabetic and hypertensive patients goes beyond surveillance for medication use, reaching out to those aspects that influence the treatment and control of the disease, within the context in which such patients live. In practice, we were able to recognize and confirm the technical and theoretical difficulties that professionals face when coordinating groups, and to check the belief that resources and logistical support make it possible for groups to become more interesting and effective. Groups were started after these professionals joined the Family Health program, and became a tool to deal with the demands of diabetic and hypertensive patients, becoming an indispensable tool for the daily work of health teams. With its modus operandi the method needs to be recognized, having become a reality in all of the Basic Health Units where, generally speaking, group work is well developed. Group work raises the possibility of transforming teamwork to reach a more horizontal relation between participating agents, meaning that professional power/autonomy needs to be negotiated and subdivided so that knowledge and decisions become shared.

  18. Work with groups in Family Health: concepts, structure and strategies for transcultural care. A qualitative study

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    Maria Teresinha de Oliveira Fernandes

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims to investigate strategies of transcultural care emerging from group work in Family Health programs. It is a qualitative study based on Madeleine Leininger’s theory of the diversity and universality of care. Subjects were health professionals participating in Family Health teams, all of whom were group coordinators for diabetics and hypertensive patients in basic health care units within a sanitary district of Belo Horizonte. Participative observation and open interviews were used for data collection. Information was collected between June and November 2006, respecting ethical issues. Data interpretation was based on Bardin’s proposal for content analysis. The themes we found were as follows: the group in a transcultural perspective, how the group is structured, work strategies with diabetic and hypertensive groups, the technology of work with groups in a transcultural perspective, and the challenges and advances of group work in Family Health programs. Results indicate that group work is still poorly innovative, with a need to increase multidisciplinarity; current methodologies emphasize a culture of disease and recurrent pedagogic processes such as approaches still focused on the transmission of knowledge. It is worth noting that certain professionals, such as nurses, physical therapists and social workers, practice a differentiated approach centered on the culture of subjects and on the validation of their experiences. The gaze on diabetic and hypertensive patients goes beyond surveillance for medication use, reaching out to those aspects that influence the treatment and control of the disease, within the context in which such patients live. In practice, we were able to recognize and confirm the technical and theoretical difficulties that professionals face when coordinating groups, and to check the belief that resources and logistical support make it possible for groups to become more interesting and effective. Groups were started after these professionals joined the Family Health program, and became a tool to deal with the demands of diabetic and hypertensive patients, becoming an indispensable tool for the daily work of health teams. With its modus operandi the method needs to be recognized, having become a reality in all of the Basic Health Units where, generally speaking, group work is well developed. Group work raises the possibility of transforming teamwork to reach a more horizontal relation between participating agents, meaning that professional power/autonomy needs to be negotiated and subdivided so that knowledge and decisions become shared.

  19. Mapping the categories of the Swedish primary health care version of ICD-10 to SNOMED CT concepts: Rule development and intercoder reliability in a mapping trial

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    Nilsson Gunnar H

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Terminologies and classifications are used for different purposes and have different structures and content. Linking or mapping terminologies and classifications has been pointed out as a possible way to achieve various aims as well as to attain additional advantages in describing and documenting health care data. The objectives of this study were: • to explore and develop rules to be used in a mapping process • to evaluate intercoder reliability and the assessed degree of concordance when the 'Swedish primary health care version of the International Classification of Diseases version 10' (ICD-10 is matched to the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine, Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT • to describe characteristics in the coding systems that are related to obstacles to high quality mapping. Methods Mapping (interpretation, matching, assessment and rule development was done by two coders. The Swedish primary health care version of ICD-10 with 972 codes was randomly divided into an allotment of three sets of categories, used in three mapping sequences, A, B and C. Mapping was done independently by the coders and new rules were developed between the sequences. Intercoder reliability was measured by comparing the results after each set. The extent of matching was assessed as either 'partly' or 'completely concordant' Results General principles for mapping were outlined before the first sequence, A. New mapping rules had significant impact on the results between sequences A - B (p Conclusion Mapping from ICD-10-categories to SNOMED CT needs clear and extensive rules. It is possible to reach high intercoder reliability in mapping from ICD-10-categories to SNOMED CT. However, several obstacles to high quality mapping remain due to structure and content characteristics in both coding systems.

  20. Terrorist profiling as a Counterinsurgency Strategy: Applying the Concept to Law Enforcement

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    Farhan Hyder Sahito

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The nature of terrorism is fundamentally psychological. Similarly, psychological profiling is widely accepted in detecting crimes in both law enforcement operations and the study of criminology. However, there is a need to transfer its appearance from old traditional criminal environment to the context of counterterrorism. This research argues that most prevalent method of interrogating suspects to achieve distinction between guilty and innocent is to establish a set of psychological attributes and factors. This paper proposes that terrorist's profiling is value-added intelligence that may add a new dimension in counterterrorism to identify the individual behind a terrorist act. It is important to constructs a terrorist profile before designing a paradigm that should determine the probability of terroristic trends within the individual as well as certain perceptible qualities with which an observed suspect can be likened to. This article proposes a personality-guided model of interrogation with different categories to steer clear of oversimplified thinking about individual terrorist or groups. The objective is to adapt the style and content of questioning to obtain a clear overall picture of the suspect's knowledge with appropriate interviewing and interrogation methods. This profiling will provide thorough understanding of the ideology that drives terrorism and more awareness of the likely means and likely targets used by terrorists. This paper is a shift in direction – focusing rather on the development of evidence-based methods that could lead to an effective counterinsurgency strategy and the extraction of innocent's involvement in the terrorism.

  1. Developing An Effective Strategy to Configure Assembly Systems Using Lean Concepts

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    M.Eswaramoorthi

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The manufacturing industry has been pushed to adopt more effective production strategies to meet the challenges of shorter life cycle, higher quality, lower cost and wider variety of customer demands. This increased emphasis on achieving highly adaptive manufacturing with reduction in manufacturing costs and better utilization of manufacturing resources force to implementing new and efficient management techniques in their manufacturing operations. Some of the established tools in this context are lean practices. In manufacturing, assembly is one of the major activities that combine the machined components into final product. Decision on appropriate facility layout and viable assembly sequence (line balancing adaptable to takt time requirement with cost benefit is a challenging task. This paper proposes an integrated cost model for a typical assembly process to determine cost per part more precisely by considering seven types of "contributing factors". This procedure is performed under different takt time conditions to configure the assembly system in terms of cost per piece and to decide the adaptable layout. A prototype assembly system is established in this research to demonstrate the effectiveness of the cost model. The results show that there are significant variations in cost per piece with respect to changes in layout configurations and takt time.

  2. Mapping the Galaxy Color-Redshift Relation: Optimal Photometric Redshift Calibration Strategies for Cosmology Surveys

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    Masters, Daniel; Capak, Peter; Stern, Daniel; Ilbert, Olivier; Salvato, Mara; Schmidt, Samuel; Longo, Giuseppe; Rhodes, Jason; Paltani, Stephane; Mobasher, Bahram; Hoekstra, Henk; Hildebrandt, Hendrik; Coupon, Jean; Steinhardt, Charles; Speagle, Josh; Faisst, Andreas; Kalinich, Adam; Brodwin, Mark; Brescia, Massimo; Cavuoti, Stefano

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    Calibrating the photometric redshifts of ?109 galaxies for upcoming weak lensing cosmology experiments is a major challenge for the astrophysics community. The path to obtaining the required spectroscopic redshifts for training and calibration is daunting, given the anticipated depths of the surveys and the difficulty in obtaining secure redshifts for some faint galaxy populations. Here we present an analysis of the problem based on the self-organizing map, a method of mapping the distribution of data in a high-dimensional space and projecting it onto a lower-dimensional representation. We apply this method to existing photometric data from the COSMOS survey selected to approximate the anticipated Euclid weak lensing sample, enabling us to robustly map the empirical distribution of galaxies in the multidimensional color space defined by the expected Euclid filters. Mapping this multicolor distribution lets us determine where—in galaxy color space—redshifts from current spectroscopic surveys exist and where they are systematically missing. Crucially, the method lets us determine whether a spectroscopic training sample is representative of the full photometric space occupied by the galaxies in a survey. We explore optimal sampling techniques and estimate the additional spectroscopy needed to map out the color-redshift relation, finding that sampling the galaxy distribution in color space in a systematic way can efficiently meet the calibration requirements. While the analysis presented here focuses on the Euclid survey, similar analysis can be applied to other surveys facing the same calibration challenge, such as DES, LSST, and WFIRST.

  3. Using a Conflict Map as an Instructional Tool To Change Student Conceptions in Simple Series Electric-Circuits.

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    Tsai, Chin-Chung

    2003-01-01

    Examines the effects of using a conflict map on 8th grade students' conceptual change and ideational networks about simple series electric circuits. Analyzes student interview data through a flow map method. Shows that the use of conflict maps could help students construct greater, richer, and more integrated ideational networks about electric…

  4. Nonisocentric Treatment Strategy for Breast Radiation Therapy: A Proof of Concept Study

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    Purpose: To propose a nonisocentric treatment strategy as a special form of station parameter optimized radiation therapy, to improve sparing of critical structures while preserving target coverage in breast radiation therapy. Methods and Materials: To minimize the volume of exposed lung and heart in breast irradiation, we propose a novel nonisocentric treatment scheme by strategically placing nonconverging beams with multiple isocenters. As its name suggests, the central axes of these beams do not intersect at a single isocenter as in conventional breast treatment planning. Rather, the isocenter locations and beam directions are carefully selected, in that each beam is only responsible for a certain subvolume of the target, so as to minimize the volume of irradiated normal tissue. When put together, the beams will provide an adequate coverage of the target and expose only a minimal amount of normal tissue to radiation. We apply the nonisocentric planning technique to 2 previously treated clinical cases (breast and chest wall). Results: The proposed nonisocentric technique substantially improved sparing of the ipsilateral lung. Compared with conventional isocentric plans using 2 tangential beams, the mean lung dose was reduced by 38% and 50% using the proposed technique, and the volume of the ipsilateral lung receiving ≥20 Gy was reduced by a factor of approximately 2 and 3 for the breast and chest wall cases, respectively. The improvement in lung sparing is even greater compared with volumetric modulated arc therapy. Conclusions: A nonisocentric implementation of station parameter optimized radiation therapy has been proposed for breast radiation therapy. The new treatment scheme overcomes the limitations of existing approaches and affords a useful tool for conformal breast radiation therapy, especially in cases with extreme chest wall curvature

  5. Using Self-Organizing Neural Network Map Combined with Ward's Clustering Algorithm for Visualization of Students' Cognitive Structural Models about Aliveness Concept.

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    Yorek, Nurettin; Ugulu, Ilker; Aydin, Halil

    2016-01-01

    We propose an approach to clustering and visualization of students' cognitive structural models. We use the self-organizing map (SOM) combined with Ward's clustering to conduct cluster analysis. In the study carried out on 100 subjects, a conceptual understanding test consisting of open-ended questions was used as a data collection tool. The results of analyses indicated that students constructed the aliveness concept by associating it predominantly with human. Motion appeared as the most frequently associated term with the aliveness concept. The results suggest that the aliveness concept has been constructed using anthropocentric and animistic cognitive structures. In the next step, we used the data obtained from the conceptual understanding test for training the SOM. Consequently, we propose a visualization method about cognitive structure of the aliveness concept. PMID:26819579

  6. Using a limited mapping strategy to identify major QTL’s for resistance to grapevine powdery mildew (Erysiphe necator) and their use in marker-assisted breeding.

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    A limited genetic mapping strategy was used to develop genetic markers in populations segregating for powdery mildew (Erysiphe necator) resistance. A genetic map was constructed and QTL analysis completed on a population derived from Muscadinia rotundifolia cv. Magnolia. In two additional populati...

  7. Concepts and Strategies for Transparency Monitoring of Nuclear Materials at the Back End of the Fuel/Weapons Cycle

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    Representatives of the Department of Energy, the national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and others gathered to initiate the development of broad-based concepts and strategies for transparency monitoring of nuclear materials at the back end of the fuel/weapons cycle, including both geologic disposal and monitored retrievable storage. The workshop focused on two key questions: ''Why should we monitor?'' and ''What should we monitor?'' These questions were addressed by identifying the range of potential stakeholders, concerns that stakeholders may have, and the information needed to address those concerns. The group constructed a strategic framework for repository transparency implementation, organized around the issues of safety (both operational and environmental), diversion (assuring legitimate use and security), and viability (both political and economic). Potential concerns of the international community were recognized as the possibility of material diversion, the multinational impacts of potential radionuclide releases, and public and political perceptions of unsafe repositories. The workshop participants also identified potential roles that the WIPP may play as a monitoring technology development and demonstration test-bed facility. Concepts for WIPP'S potential test-bed role include serving as (1) an international monitoring technology and development testing facility, (2) an international demonstration facility, and (3) an education and technology exchange center on repository transparency technologies

  8. Digital soil mapping: strategy for data pre-processing / Mapa digital de solos: estratégias para processamento de dados

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    Alexandre ten, Caten; Ricardo Simão Diniz, Dalmolin; Luis Fernando Chimelo, Ruiz.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Mapas de solos têm na borda dos polígonos a região de maior variabilidade, o que leva os pedólogos a divergir quanto ao delineamento das classes de solos nesses locais. O objetivo deste estudo foi propor uma estratégia de pré-processamento de dados aplicada ao mapeamento digital de solos. Polígonos [...] de solos em um mapa de treinamento foram deslocados para seu interior em 100 e 160 m. Essa estratégia possibilitou que covariáveis localizadas próximas à borda das classes de solos não fossem utilizadas na geração dos modelos de Árvore de Decisão (AD). Três ADs geradas a partir de oito covariáveis preditoras, ligadas aos fatores relevo e organismos, amostradas nos polígonos originais de um mapa de solos e em polígonos deslocados em 100 e 160 m para o seu interior, foram utilizadas para predizer classes de solos. O modelo de AD a partir de observações distantes 160 m da borda dos polígonos no mapa original é menos complexo e tem melhor desempenho preditivo. Abstract in english The region of greatest variability on soil maps is along the edge of their polygons, causing disagreement among pedologists about the appropriate description of soil classes at these locations. The objective of this work was to propose a strategy for data pre-processing applied to digital soil mappi [...] ng (DSM). Soil polygons on a training map were shrunk by 100 and 160 m. This strategy prevented the use of covariates located near the edge of the soil classes for the Decision Tree (DT) models. Three DT models derived from eight predictive covariates, related to relief and organism factors sampled on the original polygons of a soil map and on polygons shrunk by 100 and 160 m were used to predict soil classes. The DT model derived from observations 160 m away from the edge of the polygons on the original map is less complex and has a better predictive performance.

  9. Strategies for mapping synaptic inputs on dendrites in vivo by combining two-photon microscopy, sharp intracellular recording and pharmacology

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    Prakash Kara

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Uncovering the functional properties of individual synaptic inputs on single neurons is critical for understanding the computational role of synapses and dendrites. Previous studies combined whole-cell patch recording to load neurons with a fluorescent calcium indicator and two-photon imaging to map subcellular changes in fluorescence upon sensory stimulation. By hyperpolarizing the neuron below spike threshold, the patch electrode ensured that changes in fluorescence associated with synaptic events were isolated from those caused by back-propagating action potentials. This technique holds promise for determining whether the existence of unique cortical feature maps across different species may be associated with distinct wiring diagrams. However, the use of whole-cell patch for mapping inputs on dendrites is challenging in large mammals, due to brain pulsations and the accumulation of fluorescent dye in the extracellular milieu. Alternatively, sharp intracellular electrodes have been used to label neurons with fluorescent dyes, but the current passing capabilities of these high impedance electrodes may be insufficient to prevent spiking. In this study, we tested whether sharp electrode recording is suitable for mapping functional inputs on dendrites in the cat visual cortex. We compared three different strategies for suppressing visually evoked spikes: (1 hyperpolarization by intracellular current injection, (2 pharmacological blockade of voltage-gated sodium channels by intracellular QX-314, and (3 GABA iontophoresis from a perisomatic electrode glued to the intracellular electrode. We found that functional inputs on dendrites could be successfully imaged using all three strategies. However, the best method for preventing spikes was GABA iontophoresis with low currents (5 to 10 nA, which minimally affected the local circuit. Our methods advance the possibility of determining functional connectivity in preparations where whole-cell patch may be impractical.

  10. The effects of collaborative concept mapping on the achievement, science self-efficacy and attitude toward science of female eighth-grade students

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    Ledger, Antoinette Frances

    This study sought to examine whether collaborative concept mapping would affect the achievement, science self-efficacy and attitude toward science of female eighth grade science students. The research questions are: (1) Will the use of collaborative concept mapping affect the achievement of female students in science? (2) Will the use of collaborative concept mapping affect the science self-efficacy of female students? (3) Will the use of collaborative concept mapping affect the attitudes of females toward science? The study was quasi-experimental and utilized a pretest-posttest design for both experimental and control groups. Eighth grade female and male students from three schools in a large northeastern school district participated in this study. The achievement test consisted of 10 multiple choice and two open-response questions and used questions from state-wide and national assessments as well as teacher-constructed items. A 29 item Likert type instrument (McMillan, 1992) was administered to measure science self-efficacy and attitude toward science. The study was of 12 weeks duration. During the study, experimental group students were asked to perform collaborative concept map construction in single sex dyads using specific terms designated by the classroom teacher and the researcher. During classroom visitations, student perceptions of collaborative concept mapping were collected and were used to provide insight into the results of the quantitative data analysis. Data from the pre and posttest instruments were analyzed for both experimental and control groups using t-tests. Additionally, the three teachers were interviewed and their perceptions of the study were also used to gain insight into the results of the study. The analysis of data showed that experimental group females showed significantly higher gains in achievement than control group females. An additional analysis of data showed experimental group males showed significantly greater gains in achievement than experimental group females. The analysis of science self-efficacy data showed that neither experimental nor control group females increased their scores pre to posttest, both showed small decreases in scores. However, the posttest scores of the experimental group females were significantly higher than the posttest scores of the control group females. The analysis of the attitude toward science survey data showed that the scores of the experimental group females did not change from pre to posttest. However, scores of the control group females declined from pre to posttest. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  11. Discontinuous PWM Modulation Strategy with Circuit-Level Decoupling Concept of Three-Level Neutral-Point Clamped (NPC) Inverter

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    Zhang, Zhe; Thomsen, Ole Cornelius

    2013-01-01

    A new pulse width modulation (PWM) strategy which is an alternative approach of discontinuous PWM (DPWM) for a three-level neutral point clamped (NPC) inverter is developed and presented in this paper. The proposed PWM scheme not only takes advantage of the special properties available in NPC inverters, but also reduces the switching loss of the inverter along with an inherent neutral point (NP) voltage control. Based on a circuit-level decoupling concept, the NPC inverter can be decoupled into two three-level Buck converters in every defined operating section, and thereby the controller design can be simplified. The salient features of the proposed scheme, as compared with the existing carrier-based DPWM strategies, are: 1) its reduced computational processing time, 2) its capability to balance the DC-link voltage without any additional control and 3) its reduced complexity e.g. only one carrier wave needed for pulse width modulating. Same as a space vector modulation, the maximum modulation index, 1.1547, can be attainable by the proposed scheme. Moreover, compared to conventional continuous sinusoidal pulse width modulation, using this technique here the switching losses of the devices can be reduced by one third. In order to explain the operation of this topology properly, the decoupling principle including the driving signal synthesis and the NP potential variation are analyzed in detail in this paper. Finally the viability and performance of the proposed modulation scheme are shown through simulation and experimental results in a laboratory prototype.

  12. Maintenance strategies and safety on a deregulated market. Mapping of changes in maintenance strategies and their possible consequences

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    The overall purpose of the project was to make a survey of the changes in the Swedish nuclear power plants over the last five years. There is a risk that nuclear power companies after a deregulation will focus especially on reducing operation and maintenance costs and that the changes could have a negative effect on the reactor safety. The task has involved summarising the actual changes, describing the present situation, the need for future development and the differences between the plants as well as identifying possible reactor safety related risks. The survey has been carried out in a broad perspective, studying the changes in equipment, maintenance strategies and the work situation of the staff. Three case studies were carried out at the Swedish nuclear power plants. Documentation from the companies has been analysed and a selection of in total 27 'informed' employees in different positions have been interviewed in total. The project also included a fourth case study concerning railway traffic. This branch of business is interesting because of its longer experience on a deregulated and competitive market. Conclusions concerning the companies individually as well as similarities and differences between them are presented in this report. Results: There have been more changes both in strategy and organisation in the last five years than during the preceding 5-10-year-period and the pace has been relatively rapid. The deregulation of the electricity market was implemented January 1997 and became the main motive force for the changes. The staffing has been reduced or unchanged and the work demands have increased. The maintenance skills have been redistributed within the organisation. New methods and equipment, i.e. RCM, and programmable systems make increased demands for analytical and theoretical competence. In the short term, job satisfaction and motivation have in some cases been negatively influenced by the new organisation forms, according to several of the interviewed. The results indicate, in accordance with other research results, that rationalisations and changes must be combined with work development and the participation of the employees to be successful. Outsourcing has been used for some activities. All the companies have established a joint maintenance department for their units. The companies have been moving towards lean organization which has increased the work load of the staff. Therefore more planning is required to get a optimal resource allocation, to avoid problems at work peaks. All the plants have abandoned a downright customer-supplier relation for the benefit of one competent maintenance supplier with a comprehensive view. As a result the contractual undertaking of the maintenance department towards the production units is made on a long term basis. The new maintenance strategy is based on status controls for condition based maintenance and on riskbased analysing methods. There are modern computer-based maintenance systems at all the plants. Computer-based instruments are used direct in the production line where they require a competence shift in the staff. Positive effects that appeared in the interviews are better possibilities for experience feed back and methods development, access to a wider and larger competence and a joint working method. The results show that there are already some positive effects and there are more to be expected. But it is also clear that these effects have neither come as easily nor as fast as was expected. Possible negative effects: there is a risk that the staffing might be too scarce, especially in work peaks, e.g. unexpected shutdowns. A high work load and much overtime work mean greater strain on the staff. Problems with job satisfaction and motivation, chiefly after the change to a matrix organisation. Uncertainties as to responsibility and roles in the new organisation. The practical competence might 'disappear' in the present competence shift focusing on analytical, computer based methods. The difficulties of risk based methods are several: they might not correspond with reality, they might not measure what they are intended to measure and it might be that the probabilistic risk assessment approach is allowed to dominate over the deterministic at the expense of a good balance between them. There is also a risk that the methods are not enough developed, that the knowledge of how the results should be interpreted is limited and that this might lead to the wrong conclusions. With tighter priorities there is an increasing risk that the wrong things are left out. The feeling of 'ownership' towards a certain production unit as well as the team feeling might disappear when the employees work on several units. Deficiencies in the maintenance instructions become evident when the staff are transferred. If the work routines have not been thoroughly documented there is a risk that the staff make mistakes or that the measures are forgotten. A number of conditions have been identified that might influenced the reactor safety negatively in the long term if they are not taken care of. Such conditions are an increased pressure on the staff, high work load and too much overtime, uncertainties as to responsibility and roles, lack of job satisfaction and motivation and deficient maintenance instructions. Economic pressure and a high rate of change might also give negative influence. It is, however, important to stress that the results indicate that the changes are not carried out with a one-sided focus on cost reductions but with a focus on both individual and organisational learning and development. Safety culture has also been an important part of the change operations. It seems, though, as if it has been more difficult to balance the economy and safety messages to the staff

  13. Energy management strategies based on efficiency map for fuel cell hybrid vehicles

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    Feroldi, Diego; Serra, Maria; Riera, Jordi

    2009-01-01

    The addition of a fast auxiliary power source like a supercapacitor bank in fuel cell-based vehicles has a great potential because permits a significant reduction of the hydrogen consumption and an improvement of the vehicle efficiency. The Energy Management Strategies, commanding the power split between the power sources in the hybrid arrangement to fulfill the power requirement, perform a fundamental role to achieve this objective. In this work, three strategies based on the knowledge of th...

  14. Fuzzy cognitive maps for stereovision matching

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    Pajares Martinsanz, Gonzalo; Cruz García , Jesús Manuel de la

    2006-01-01

    This paper outlines a method for solving the stereovision matching problem using edge segments as the primitives. In stereovision matching the following constraints are commonly used: epipolar, similarity, smoothness, ordering and uniqueness. We propose a new matching strategy under a fuzzy context in which such constraints are mapped. The fuzzy context integrates both Fuzzy Clustering and Fuzzy Cognitive Maps. With such purpose a network of concepts (nodes) is designed, each concept represen...

  15. Gene and DNA concepts by UNIFAL-MG entering students and the effectiveness of drama as a Molecular Biology teaching strategy

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The Molecular Biology concepts comprehension is important for understanding several Biological processes as well as to establish correlations and interrelations among cell processes and its interaction with the environment. The aim of this work was to evaluate the undergraduate students from the Universidade Federal de Alfenas-MG (UNIFAL-MG knowledge about gene and DNA concepts as well as to evaluate the effectiveness of drama as an innovative teaching strategy. This strategy was evaluated by the students` knowledge gain and scholar performance. The results showed the UNIFAL-MG beginners’ students presented defective concepts about gene and DNA composition and structure, probably due to deficient teaching-learning process before the University entrance. Drama was an efficient strategy to induce learning gain and to improve scholar performance of classes with a good initial level of knowledge.

  16. Using an Enhanced Conflict Map in the Classroom (Photoelectric Effect) Based on Lakatosian Heuristic Principle Strategies

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    Oh, Jun-Young

    2011-01-01

    Researchers have shown that most students resist changes to their core beliefs by offering auxiliary hypotheses at the first sign of the development of conceptual change. Studies have viewed student reaction to discrepant events as an important clue in helping researchers understand not only the structure of alternative concepts (Niaz, "Science &…

  17. Using an Enhanced Conflict Map in the Classroom (Photoelectric Effect) Based on Lakatosian Heuristic Principle Strategies

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    Oh, Jun-Young

    2011-01-01

    Researchers have shown that most students resist changes to their core beliefs by offering auxiliary hypotheses at the first sign of the development of conceptual change. Studies have viewed student reaction to discrepant events as an important clue in helping researchers understand not only the structure of alternative concepts (Niaz, "Science &…

  18. The Learning Effectiveness of the Concept Map Approach of e-Learning Applied to a Math Class of Special Educational Students in a Vocational School

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    Wan-Ju Chen; Hong-Min Lin; Shu-Fen Nien

    2014-01-01

    In order to improve the learning math capability among learning with disabilities in a special education class at a vocational school, the researchers tried to understand the learning predicament of special education students and tried to apply the Concept Map approach of e-learning to a math class. Also the researchers sought to explore the predicament of action process, solution methods, professional growth and the consequences. The research adopted the execution and observation of action r...

  19. Using Self-Organizing Neural Network Map Combined with Ward’s Clustering Algorithm for Visualization of Students’ Cognitive Structural Models about Aliveness Concept

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    Nurettin Yorek; Ilker Ugulu; Halil Aydin

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    We propose an approach to clustering and visualization of students’ cognitive structural models. We use the self-organizing map (SOM) combined with Ward’s clustering to conduct cluster analysis. In the study carried out on 100 subjects, a conceptual understanding test consisting of open-ended questions was used as a data collection tool. The results of analyses indicated that students constructed the aliveness concept by associating it predominantly with human. Motion appeared as the most fre...

  20. Map-Based Power-Split Strategy Design with Predictive Performance Optimization for Parallel Hybrid Electric Vehicles

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    Jixiang Fan

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a map-based optimal energy management strategy is proposed to improve the consumption economy of a plug-in parallel hybrid electric vehicle. In the design of the maps, which provide both the torque split between engine and motor and the gear shift, not only the current vehicle speed and power demand, but also the optimality based on the predicted trajectory of vehicle dynamics are considered. To seek the optimality, the equivalent consumption, which trades off the fuel and electricity usages, is chosen as the cost function. Moreover, in order to decrease the model errors in the process of optimization conducted in the discrete time domain, the variational integrator is employed to calculate the evolution of the vehicle dynamics. To evaluate the proposed energy management strategy, the simulation results performed on a professional GT-Suit simulator are demonstrated and the comparison to a real-time optimization method is also given to show the advantage of the proposed off-line optimization approach.

  1. Mapping the Galaxy Color-Redshift Relation: Optimal Photometric Redshift Calibration Strategies for Cosmology Surveys

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    Masters, Daniel; Capak, Peter; Stern, Daniel; Ilbert, Olivier; Salvato, Mara; Schmidt, Samuel; Longo, Giuseppe; Rhodes, Jason; Paltani, Stephane; Mobasher, Bahram; Hoekstra, Henk; Hildebrandt, Hendrik; Coupon, Jean; Steinhardt, Charles; Speagle, Josh

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    Calibrating the photometric redshifts of >10^9 galaxies for upcoming weak lensing cosmology experiments is a major challenge for the astrophysics community. The path to obtaining the required spectroscopic redshifts for training and calibration is daunting, given the anticipated depths of the surveys and the difficulty in obtaining secure redshifts for some faint galaxy populations. Here we present an analysis of the problem based on the self-organizing map, a method of mapp...

  2. Modeling and Mapping Golden-winged Warbler Abundance to Improve Regional Conservation Strategies

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    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Conservation planning requires identifying pertinent habitat factors and locating geographic locations where land management may improve habitat conditions for high priority species. I derived habitat models and mapped predicted abundance for the Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera, a species of high conservation concern, using bird counts, environmental variables, and hierarchical models applied at multiple spatial scales. My aim was to understand habitat associations at multiple spatial scales and create a predictive abundance map for purposes of conservation planning for the Golden-winged Warbler. My models indicated a substantial influence of landscape conditions, including strong positive associations with total forest composition within the landscape. However, many of the associations I observed were counter to reported associations at finer spatial extents; for instance, I found Golden-winged Warblers negatively associated with several measures of edge habitat. No single spatial scale dominated, indicating that this species is responding to factors at multiple spatial scales. I found Golden-winged Warbler abundance was negatively related with Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera abundance. I also observed a north-south spatial trend suggestive of a regional climate effect that was not previously noted for this species. The map of predicted abundance indicated a large area of concentrated abundance in west-central Wisconsin, with smaller areas of high abundance along the northern periphery of the Prairie Hardwood Transition. This map of predicted abundance compared favorably with independent evaluation data sets and can thus be used to inform regional planning efforts devoted to conserving this species.

  3. A modern twist on the beaumont and st. Martin case: encouraging analysis and discussion in the bioethics classroom with reflective writing and concept mapping.

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    Goller, Carlos C

    2014-12-01

    Historical ethical dilemmas are a valuable tool in bioethics courses. However, garnering student interest in reading and discussing the assigned cases in the classroom can be challenging. In an effort to actively engage undergraduate and graduate students in an Ethical Issues in Biotechnology course, an activity was developed to encourage reflection on a classical ethical dilemma between a patient, St. Martin, and his employer/caretaker, Beaumont. Two different texts were used to analyze the ethical ramifications of this relationship: a chapter in a popular press book and a short perspective in a medical journal. Participants read the book chapter for homework and discussed it in class. This easy read highlights the fundamental ethical issues in the relationship between two men. Students were then provided with a second text focusing on the scientific accomplishments achieved through Beaumont's experimentation on St. Martin. A structured worksheet prompted participants to reflect on their feelings after reading each text and create a concept map depicting the dilemma. Student-generated concept maps and written reflections indicate participants were able to list the ethical issues, analyze the situation, and evaluate the information provided. This activity not only encouraged higher-level thinking and reflection, it also mirrored the course's structured approach of using concept mapping and reflection to dissect ethical dilemmas. PMID:25574285

  4. The quality of radiation care: The results of focus group interviews and concept mapping to explore the patient’s perspective

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    Background and purpose: In this study, we explore the quality aspects of radiation care from the patient’s perspective in order to develop a draft Consumer Quality Index (CQI) Radiation Care instrument. Materials and methods: Four focus group discussions with (former) cancer patients were held to explore the aspects determining the quality of radiation care. The list of aspects generated was categorised based on similarity and importance in a concept mapping procedure. Results: Four focus group discussions revealed seven main themes related to the quality of radiation care: information provision, a patient-centred approach, professional competence, planning and waiting times, accessibility, cooperation and communication, and follow-up care. Results of concept mapping procedures revealed which items the patients considered to be most important. A radiation oncologist who is up to date about the patient’s file is of paramount importance for cancer patients receiving radiotherapy. Conclusions: The quality aspects found through focus group discussions provided useful insight into how patients experience radiation care. Furthermore, concept mapping made these results more solid. To evaluate the quality of radiation care from the patient’s perspective, these quality aspects will be guiding in the development of a CQI Radiation Care.

  5. A Modern Twist on the Beaumont and St. Martin Case: Encouraging Analysis and Discussion in the Bioethics Classroom with Reflective Writing and Concept Mapping

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    Carlos C. Goller

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Historical ethical dilemmas are a valuable tool in bioethics courses. However, garnering student interest in reading and discussing the assigned cases in the classroom can be challenging. In an effort to actively engage undergraduate and graduate students in an Ethical Issues in Biotechnology course, an activity was developed to encourage reflection on a classical ethical dilemma between a patient, St. Martin, and his employer/caretaker, Beaumont. Two different texts were used to analyze the ethical ramifications of this relationship: a chapter in a popular press book and a short perspective in a medical journal. Participants read the book chapter for homework and discussed it in class. This easy read highlights the fundamental ethical issues in the relationship between two men. Students were then provided with a second text focusing on the scientific accomplishments achieved through Beaumont's experimentation on St. Martin. A structured worksheet prompted participants to reflect on their feelings after reading each text and create a concept map depicting the dilemma. Student-generated concept maps and written reflections indicate participants were able to list the ethical issues, analyze the situation, and evaluate the information provided. This activity not only encouraged higher-level thinking and reflection, it also mirrored the course's structured approach of using concept mapping and reflection to dissect ethical dilemmas.

  6. Mapeamneto conceitual como estratégia para romper fronteiras disciplinares: a isomeria nos sistemas biológicos / Concept mapping as a tool to break disciplinary boundaries: isomerism in biological systems

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    Paulo Rogério Miranda, Correia; John W. A., Donner Jr.; Maria Elena, Infante-Malachias.

    Full Text Available O mapeamento conceitual foi utilizado como uma ferramenta para verificar as mudanças conceituais de estudantes de Ensino Médio após a realização de atividades didáticas desenvolvidas durante as aulas de Química. O objetivo pedagógico a ser atingido foi romper as fronteiras que segregam o conheciment [...] o científico em disciplinas isoladas. Os estudantes foram intencionalmente provocados a relacionar conceitos de Química e de Biologia, a fim de compreender melhor e explicar as conseqüências biológicas da isomeria. Os mapas conceituais elaborados pelos estudantes, antes e após as atividades propostas, evidenciaram o aparecimento de relações entre conceitos químicos e biológicos, que foram avaliadas qualitativamente. Este trabalho mostra que os mapas conceituais podem ser utilizados como ferramentas para auxiliar o professor na realização de práticas didáticas interdisciplinares na escola, bem como para acompanhar o progresso dos estudantes em direção à interdisciplinaridade. Abstract in english Concept mapping was used as a tool for checking the conceptual changes caused by didactic activities implemented during chemistry classes in high school. Its pedagogical aim was to break down the boundaries, which segregate scientific knowledge into isolated disciplines. The students were intentiona [...] lly provoked to merge concepts from chemistry and biology, in order to better understand and explain the biological consequences of isomerism. The concept maps produced by the students before and after the activities confirmed the appearance of relationships among chemical and biological concepts, which were qualitatively evaluated. This work shows that concept maps can be used to follow the students' progress towards interdisciplinarity, and to help the teacher to devise future classroom activities to reinforce and to expand interdisciplinary relationships.

  7. Mapping the Journey: Developing an Information Literacy Strategy as Part of Curriculum Reform

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    Salisbury, Fiona; Sheridan, Linda

    2011-01-01

    This article will outline the development of an Information Literacy Strategy in 2009 as part of an overall program of curriculum review and renewal at La Trobe University, Australia. Current information literacy programs at La Trobe University Library employ a diverse range of approaches and delivery methods. However, they are limited in scope…

  8. Mapas conceituais como ferramenta de avaliação na sala de aula / Concept maps as a tool for evaluation in classroom

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    Paulo Rogério Miranda, Correia; Amanda Cristina da, Silva; Jerson Geraldo, Romano Junior.

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available A utilização dos mapas conceituais (MCs) como ferramenta de avaliação da aprendizagem foi explorada na disciplina Ciências da Natureza, oferecida aos alunos ingressantes da Escola de Artes, Ciências e Humanidades (EACH). Devido à riqueza e à diversidade das estruturas proposicionais elaboradas pelos [...] alunos, o desafio de corrigir MCs é mais complexo do que a correção de testes de múltipla escolha ou de questões dissertativas. Um procedimento comparativo envolvendo o professor (P), três especialistas em mapeamento conceitual (E) e os alunos (A) foi utilizado para avaliar MCs (n = 109). A pergunta focal dos MCs explorou as relações conceituais entre as observações astronômicas do século XVI, o nascimento da ciência moderna e a ampliação da nossa compreensão sobre o universo. Gráficos de correlação foram elaborados para comparar as avaliações (PxE, PxA e ExA). Os resultados obtidos confirmaram a complexidade do processo de avaliação dos MCs, impondo uma mudança nos procedimentos usualmente adotados na sala de aula. A possibilidade dos alunos serem incluídos no processo avaliativo é confirmada pela correlação verificada entre as avaliações feitas pelo professor e pelos alunos. Abstract in english The use of concept maps (CMs) as an evaluation tool of students' learning was explored during the Natural Science course assigned to all 1styear higher education students at School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities (University of São Paulo). The richness and diversity of propositional networks produc [...] ed by the students made the assessment task more complex than the evaluation of multiple-choice tests or open questions. A procedure for comparing the evaluation made by the professor (P), three experts in CMs (E) and the students (S) was used to appraise a set of CMs (n = 109). CMs' focal question explored the conceptual relationships among astronomic observations made during the 16$^{th}$ century, the birth of modern science and, the increase of our understanding about the universe. Correlation graphs were plotted to compare these evaluations in pairs (PxE, PxS and ExS). The results confirmed the complexity of the MCs evaluation, which asks for changing the procedures frequently used in the classroom. The possibility of including the students in the evaluation process is confirmed by the correlation found between the assessments made by them and the professor.

  9. El concepto de estrategia como fundamento de la planeación estratégica / The concept of strategy as a basis for strategic planning

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    Emigdio Rafael, Contreras Sierra.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Resumen El concepto de estrategia ha tenido a través del tiempo muchos usos y aplicaciones diversas, desde el campo militar -en el cual se dice que tuvo su origen-, pasando por el político, administrativo, económico, religioso, cultural y social; en cada uno de ellos se ubica como un referente por l [...] a forma en que ha sido utilizado. La estrategia se constituye en un aspecto muy importante en las decisiones que deben tomar las personas que tienen a cargo la gestión de una organización, en la que hay recursos de todo tipo que deben ser utilizados en forma óptima para cumplir con las políticas y metas trazadas. Asimismo, la estrategia es una apuesta en un mundo globalizado en el que las empresas luchan por lograr mantenerse en el mercado utilizando todas las herramientas que poseen, estableciendo políticas flexibles y agresivas de gestión que les permitan posicionarse y tener continuidad en el futuro. Abstract in english Abstract The concept of strategy has had over time, many uses and diverse applications from the military field, where it says have originated, passing through the political, administrative, economic, religious, cultural and social fields, in each of them has located in such a way, that constitutes a [...] referent by the way that has been used. It is a very important aspect for the decisions to be taken by those who are responsible for the management of an organization, where there are all kinds of resources, that should be used optimally in order to comply with the policies and goals drawn. The strategy is a bet in a globalized world, where companies are fighting to stay in the market using all the tools they possess, establishing flexible and aggressive policies management that allow positioning and have continuity in the future.

  10. $\\lambda$-perfect maps

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    Namdari, M; Siavoshi, M. A.

    2015-01-01

    The $\\lambda$-perfect maps, a generalization of perfect maps (continuous closed maps with compact fibers) are presented. Using $P_\\lambda$-spaces and the concept of $\\lambda$-compactness some results regarding $\\lambda$-perfect maps will be investigated.

  11. Knowledge Maps for E-Learning

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    Lee, Jae Hwa; Segev, Aviv

    2012-01-01

    Maps such as concept maps and knowledge maps are often used as learning materials. These maps have nodes and links, nodes as key concepts and links as relationships between key concepts. From a map, the user can recognize the important concepts and the relationships between them. To build concept or knowledge maps, domain experts are needed.…

  12. An alternative validation strategy for the Planck cluster catalog and $y$-distortion maps

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    Khatri, Rishi

    2015-01-01

    We present an all sky map of the $y$-type distortion calculated from the full mission Planck HFI (High Frequency Instrument) data using the recently proposed approach to component separation based on parametric model fitting and model selection. This simple model selection approach allows us to distinguish between carbon monoxide (CO) line emission and $y$-type distortion, something that is not possible using the internal linear combination based methods. We create a mask to cover the regions of significant CO emission relying on the information in the $\\chi^2$ map obtained when fitting for the $y$-distortion and CO emission to the lowest four HFI channels. We revisit the second Planck cluster catalog and try to quantify the quality of the cluster candidates in an approach that is similar in spirit to Aghanim et al. (2014). We find that at least $93\\%$ of the clusters in the cosmology sample are free of CO contamination. We also find that $59\\%$ of unconfirmed candidates may have significant contamination fro...

  13. Effective learning stratgies to support children's construction of science concepts

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    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available This article provides ways of eliciting children's previous understanding of science: drawing of conept maps, annotated drawings and concept cartoons. Besides, there are suggestions of effective learning strategies to support children in learning science concepts which include: simulations, comic cartoons, toys, analogies and games.

  14. Effective learning stratgies to support children's construction of science concepts

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    SO Wing Mui Winnie

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    This article provides ways of eliciting children's previous understanding of science: drawing of conept maps, annotated drawings and concept cartoons. Besides, there are suggestions of effective learning strategies to support children in learning science concepts which include: simulations, comic cartoons, toys, analogies and games.

  15. An new self-organizing maps strategy for solving the traveling salesman problem

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    This paper presents an approach to the well-known traveling salesman problem (TSP) using self-organizing maps (SOM). There are many types of SOM algorithms to solve the TSP found in the literature, whereas the purpose of this paper is to look for the incorporation of an efficient initialization methods and the definition of a parameters adaptation law to achieve better results and a faster convergence. Aspects of parameters adaptation, selecting the number of nodes of neurons, index of winner neurons and effect of the initial ordering of the cities, as well as the initial synaptic weights of the modified SOM algorithm are discussed. The complexity of the modified SOM algorithm is analyzed. The simulated results show an average deviation of 2.32% from the optimal tour length for a set of 12 TSP instances

  16. Concept-mapping as a teaching method to facilitate critical thinking in nursing education: A review of the literatureeview of the literature

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    Nursing students are exposed to a vast amount of information and reading material that is very specific, technical, and new to the students. Unless nurse educators provide a learning environment that promotes understanding through interaction, students might only commit unassimilated information to their short-term memory through rote learning, and no meaningful learning will occur. Nursing students must be able to link learned facts, concepts and principles with new knowledge in order to make sound rational decisions in practice (All & Havens 1997:1210, 1213. The aim of this paper is to describe the utilisation of concept-mapping as a teaching method to facilitate critical thinking by students in nursing education. The description of the utilisation of concept-mapping is done from the theoretical framework of concept-mapping and critical thinking to provide the epistemological basis for concept-mapping (Facione 1990:6, 13. Based on the exploration and description of the theoretical frameworks, four steps to facilitate critical thinking were formulated through concept-mapping on the basis of the educational process: the identification, interactive constructing process, formulation and evaluation steps. It is concluded that the utilisation of these steps will assist nurse educators to implement conceptmapping as a teaching method to facilitate critical thinking by student nurses in nursing education. Recommendations are made.

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    Verpleegkundestudente word blootgestel aan ’n geweldige hoeveelheid inligting en leesmateriaal wat baie spesifiek, tegnies en nuut is vir die studente. Tensy verpleegkundeopvoeders ’n leeromgewing kan voorsien wat deur interaksie die bevordering van begrip bewerkstellig, kan studente inligting deur papegaaiwerk in hul korttermyngeheue stoor, eerder as om dit te assimileer – geen betekenisvolle leer sal dus plaasvind nie. Verpleegkundestudente moet die vermoë hê om die verband tussen aangeleerde feite, konsepte en beginsels en nuwe kennis te lê sodat hulle in die praktyk rasionale besluite kan maak (All & Havens 1997:1210, 1213. Hierdie artikel het ten doel om die aanwending van konsepkartering as 'n onderrigstrategie te beskryf, ten einde die kritiese denke van leerders in die verpleegkunde te fasiliteer. Die beskrywing van die aanwending van konsepkartering word vanuit die teoretiese raamwerke van konsepkartering en kritiese denke gedoen om die epistemologiese grondslag vir konsepkartering te voorsien (Facione 1990:6, 13. Gegrond op die verkenning en beskrywing van die teoretiese raamwerke, word vier fases vir die fasilitering van kritiese denke geformuleer deur middel van konsepkartering. Hierdie verkenning en beskrywing is gebaseer op die onderwysproses: die identifiseringsfase, die interaktiewe konstrueringsproses, die formuleringsfase en evalueringsfase. Die gevolgtrekking word gemaak dat die aanwending van hierdie fases verpleegopvoeders behulpsaam sal wees in die implementering van konsepkartering as 'n onderrigmetode om kritiese denke by leerling verpleërs te fasiliteer in verpleegkunde-onderwys. Aanbevelings word gemaak.

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    Chabeli, M., 2010, ‘Concept-mapping as a teaching method to facilitate critical thinking in nursing education: A review of the literature’, Health SA Gesondheid 15(1, Art. #432, 7 pages. DOI:10.4102/hsag.v15i1.432

  17. The Influence of Teaching Note-Taking and Information Mapping on Learning and Recalling in Science

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    Arslan, Mehmet

    2006-01-01

    This work describes an experimental research on note taking and concept mapping in a science class of 5 graders in Kayseri (Central Anatolia, Turkey) in the academic year 2002 - 2003. Gained results are in favor of convictions that view note taking as an effective learning strategy. At least it was more effective than concept mapping in the…

  18. The effects of concept and vee mappings under three learning modes on Jamaican eighth graders' knowledge of nutrition and plant reproduction

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    Ugwu, Okechukwu; Soyibo, Kola

    2004-01-01

    The first objective of this study was to investigate if the experimental students' post-test knowledge of nutrition and plant reproduction would be improved more significantly than that of their control group counterparts based on their treatment, attitudes to science, self-esteem, gender and socio-economic background. Treatment involved teaching the experimental students under three learning modes--pure cooperative, cooperative-competitive and individualistic whole class interpersonal competitive condition--using concept and vee mappings and the lecture method. The control groups received the same treatment but were not exposed to concept and vee mappings. This study's second objective was to determine which of the three learning modes would produce the highest post-test mean gain in the subjects' knowledge of the two biology concepts. The study's sample comprised 932 eighth graders (12-13-year-olds) in 14 co-educational comprehensive high schools randomly selected from two Jamaican parishes. An integrated science performance test, an attitudes to science questionnaire and a self-esteem questionnaire were used to collect data. The results indicated that the experimental students (a) under the three learning modes, (b) with high, moderate, and low attitudes to science, and (c) with high, moderate, and low self-esteem, performed significantly better than their control group counterparts. The individualist whole class learning mode engendered the highest mean gain on the experimental students' knowledge, while the cooperative-competitive learning mode generated the highest mean gain for the control group students.

  19. Generation IV nuclear energy systems: road map and concepts. 1. A Long-Term Energy Source Based on an HTGR Concept

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    Today, the major component of the world's power consumption is based on natural gas and petroleum products. The major challenge for research and development of new energy sources is to find environmentally and economically acceptable ways to make a transition away from these increasingly scarce primary fuels. Technologies based on nuclear fission offer a promising solution. Reactor designs that capitalize on inherent safety characteristics are attractive choices for the further development of nuclear power. Such a system is the high temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR). Current research on the HTGR concept concentrates on a reactor with a pebble bed core. Analysis focuses on several areas. These include the following conceptual studies: 1. potential combinations of advanced fuel compositions and structural materials that improve performance characteristics of the pebble bed HTGR; 2. an advanced pebble bed HTGR design with a helium temperature elevated to >1300 K that provides the possibility of obtaining higher efficiency of the thermodynamic cycle; 3. prolonged operation of the pebble bed HTGR on a single fuel loading reaching high burnups. The results obtained from the listed foregoing studies are presented and discussed in this paper. As in all conventional reactors, during operation of the pebble bed, HTGR fissile material is being burned. This loss of fissile material in the fuel needs to be compensated for. Compensation of the fuel depletion can be performed by external actions, such as replacement or addition of new fuel, control rod motion, or internal conversion of fertile material into fissile material in the pebble bed HTGR core. The possibility of sustaining criticality during a long-term operation based on the mechanism of internal conversion has been demonstrated. The main idea of the present analysis consists of minimizing the external action required for the pebble bed HTGR toward prolonged operation on a single fuel loading. Flexibility of the HTGR fuel cycle and the possibility of achieving high fuel burnups in the HTGR core under conditions of safe reactor operation are the key conditions that make the pebble bed HTGR concept attractive as the basis for long-term energy development. They are also the major reasons why this concept has been chosen for the current studies. Efficient utilization of different forms and types of fuels is possible even in the same core. Uranium, plutonium, and mixed fuels in dicarbide and dioxide forms are studied as possible elements of fuel composition to be utilized as a long-term energy source. To improve the pebble bed HTGR behavior at elevated temperatures, refractory and chemically stable ZrC has been considered as an alternative to SiC. The current studies of the pebble bed HTGR concept are performed with SCALE 4.3 and MCNP 4A. SCALE 4.3 is a multipurpose computer code system that has modules for deterministic criticality and burnup calculations. Application of this code system allows accurate modeling of fuel depletion. As a result, fuel lifetime is evaluated for a particular combination of materials utilized. MCNP 4A is the code system for Monte Carlo modeling. The Monte Carlo method offers the possibility of taking into account all the details of the three-dimensional geometry of the real pebble bed core. The model of the pebble bed HTGR core takes into account the well-known double heterogeneity due to utilization of fuel pebbles and dispersion fuel. The methodology of realistic modeling for detailed descriptions of the pebble bed HTGR core developed earlier is applied to provide sufficient accuracy in both the Monte Carlo and deterministic calculations. Accuracy of all the models used in the deterministic calculations with SCALE is validated using the results of the MCNP calculations with the detailed three-dimensional model. The current analysis of the long-term energy source based on the pebble bed HTGR concept is aimed toward an inherent balance between the fuel material depletion and material conversion mentioned earlier. The studies concentrate on the pebb

  20. Improved mapping strategy to better inform policy on the control of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis in Sierra Leone

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    Sonnie Mustapha

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH are endemic in Sierra Leone confirmed by national mapping in 2008. To better inform planning of preventive chemotherapy strategy, another survey was conducted before mass drug administration (MDA in seven districts according to the mapping results or local knowledge. Fifty-nine chiefdoms and one school in every chiefdom were selected. Thirty school children aged 9-14 years from each school (total: 1760 were examined by parasitological methods for infection with Schistosoma mansoni and STHs. Results The overall prevalence of S. mansoni was 40.2% (95% confidence interval (CI: 37.9-42.5%, particularly in Kailahun (63.3%, Kenema (46.7%, Koinadugu (41.9% and Kono (71.7%. The results demonstrated the focal distribution of S. mansoni in Bo, Tonkolili and Bombali districts with prevalence ranging from 0.0-63.3%, 3.3-90.0% and 0.0-67.9% respectively. The arithmetic mean intensity of S. mansoni infection was 95.4 epg (95% CI: 61.4-129.5 epg, Heavy mean intensity of infection was found in Kailahun (120.2 epg, Kenema (104.5 epg, Koinadugu (112.3 epg and Kono (250.3 epg. Heavy or moderate infection with S. mansoni occurred in 20.7% of children examined. Hookworm prevalence was moderate: 31.2% (95% CI: 29.1-33.4%, but high in Bo (50.0% and Tonkolili (56.7%. Hookworm intensity of infection was light with a mean epg of 53.0 (95% CI: 38.4-67.7 epg. Prevalence and intensity of Ascaris lumbricoides (1.5%, 17.8 epg and Trichuris trichiura (2.5%, 20.3 epg was low. Conclusions The prediction by previous spatial analysis that S. mansoni was highly endemic across north-eastern Sierra Leone was confirmed with a significant proportion of children heavily or moderately infected. The distribution of S. mansoni in Bo, Tonkolili and Bombali districts ranged widely, highlighting the importance of considering the nature of focal transmission in national mapping exercises. These results were used to refine the MDA for schistosomiasis control to chiefdom implementation units rather than the entire district in these 3 districts. The survey demonstrated that sufficient number of survey sites for schistosomiasis mapping in each district should be used to provide a better national planning of MDA activities, and that it is affordable with the contributions from all parties involved and national resources mobilized.

  1. Mapas conceptuales como herramienta pedagógica en la enseñanza de la química orgánica / Concept maps as a pedagogical tool for teaching organic chemistry

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    Francisco Javier, Cañas Urrutia; Carlos Manuel, Cárcamo Díaz; Leontina del Carmen, Lazo Santibáñez.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english Organic Chemistry is a branch of Chemistry involving the study of the carbon atom, its compounds and reactions. Numerous investigations carried out in the field of teaching and learning processes indicate that knowledge of a conceptual and explanatory type is not conveyed in a conventional manner, b [...] ut rather each individual is constructed. Therefore, the proposal for this study was devised to help students achieve significant sustainable learning in the area of reactivity in organic chemistry, using the Concept Maps described by Novak (1998) as a teaching tool.

  2. “CLASSIC NMR”: An In-Situ NMR Strategy for Mapping the Time-Evolution of Crystallization Processes by Combined Liquid-State and Solid-State Measurements**

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    Hughes, Colan E.; Williams, P Andrew; Harris, Kenneth D.M.

    2014-01-01

    A new in-situ NMR strategy (termed CLASSIC NMR) for mapping the evolution of crystallization processes is reported, involving simultaneous measurement of both liquid-state and solid-state NMR spectra as a function of time. This combined strategy allows complementary information to be obtained on the evolution of both the solid and liquid phases during the crystallization process. In particular, as crystallization proceeds (monitored by solid-state NMR), the solution state becomes more dilute,...

  3. Validation Strategy for User-specific Map Products for the European Copernicus Security Service. GI_Forum|GI_Forum 2015 – Geospatial Minds for Society|

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    Riedler, Barbara; Weinke, Elisabeth; Pernkopf, Lena; D´Oleire-Oltmanns, Sebastian; Lang, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    The increasing demand for and availability of (geo-)data products in the EC-ESA conjoint Copernicus initiative has boosted geospatial information services in a range of societal domains. Addressing the domain of human security we developed a validation strategy for user-specific map products. This validation strategy is based on four categories (relevance, impact, readability, transferability) that each consists of selected validation attributes. The developed expert-based scaling approach fo...

  4. Mitochondria sequence mapping strategies and practicability of mitochondria variant detection from exome and RNA sequencing data.

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    Zhang, Pan; Samuels, David C; Lehmann, Brian; Stricker, Thomas; Pietenpol, Jennifer; Shyr, Yu; Guo, Yan

    2016-03-01

    The rapid progress in high-throughput sequencing has significantly enriched our capacity for studying the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). In addition to performing specific mitochondrial targeted sequencing, an increasingly popular alternative approach is using the off-target reads from exome sequencing to infer mtDNA variants, including single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and heteroplasmy. However, the effectiveness and practicality of this approach have not been tested. Recently, RNAseq data have also been suggested as a good source for alternative data mining, but whether mitochondrial variants can be detected from RNAseq data has not been validated. We designed a study to evaluate the practicability of mtDNA variant detection using exome and RNA sequencing data. Five breast cancer cell lines were sequenced through mitochondrial targeted, exome, and RNA sequencing. Mitochondrial targeted sequencing was used as the gold standard to compute the validation and false discovery rates of SNP and heteroplasmy detection in exome and RNAseq data. We found that exome and RNA sequencing can accurately detect mitochondrial SNPs. However, the lower false discovery rate makes exome sequencing a better choice for heteroplasmy detection than RNAseq. Furthermore, we examined three alignment strategies and found that aligning reads directly to the mitochondrial reference genome or aligning reads to the nuclear and mitochondrial references genomes simultaneously produced the best results, and that aligning to the nuclear genome first and afterwards to the mitochondrial genome performed poorly. In conclusion, our study provides important guidelines for future studies that intend to use either exome sequencing or RNAseq data to infer mitochondrial SNPs and heteroplasmy. PMID:26249222

  5. "Games Are Made for Fun": Lessons on the Effects of Concept Maps in the Classroom Use of Computer Games

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    Charsky, Dennis; Ressler, William

    2011-01-01

    Does using a computer game improve students' motivation to learn classroom material? The current study examined students' motivation to learn history concepts while playing a commercial, off-the-shelf computer game, Civilization III. The study examined the effect of using conceptual scaffolds to accompany game play. Students from three ninth-grade…

  6. Hierarchical Concept Indexing of Full-Text Documents in the Unified Medical Language System Information Sources Map.

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    Wright, Lawrence W.; Nardini, Holly K. Grossetta; Aronson, Alan R.; Rindflesch, Thomas C.

    1999-01-01

    Describes methods for applying natural-language processing for automatic concept-based indexing of full text and methods for exploiting the structure and hierarchy of full-text documents to a large collection of full-text documents drawn from the Health Services/Technology Assessment Text database at the National Library of Medicine. Examines how…

  7. The effects of using concept mapping as an artifact to engender metacognitive thinking in first-year medical students' problem-based learning discussions: A mixed-methods investigation

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    Shoop, Glenda Hostetter

    Attention in medical education is turning toward instruction that not only focuses on knowledge acquisition, but on developing the medical students' clinical problem-solving skills, and their ability to critically think through complex diseases. Metacognition is regarded as an important consideration in how we teach medical students these higher-order, critical thinking skills. This study used a mixed-methods research design to investigate if concept mapping as an artifact may engender metacognitive thinking in the medical student population. Specifically the purpose of the study is twofold: (1) to determine if concept mapping, functioning as an artifact during problem-based learning, improves learning as measured by scores on test questions; and (2) to explore if the process of concept mapping alters the problem-based learning intragroup discussion in ways that show medical students are engaged in metacognitive thinking. The results showed that students in the problem-based learning concept-mapping groups used more metacognitive thinking patterns than those in the problem-based learning discussion-only group, particularly in the monitoring component. These groups also engaged in a higher level of cognitive thinking associated with reasoning through mechanisms-of-action and breaking down complex biochemical and physiologic principals. The students disclosed in focus-group interviews that concept mapping was beneficial to help them understand how discrete pieces of information fit together in a bigger structure of knowledge. They also stated that concept mapping gave them some time to think through these concepts in a larger conceptual framework. There was no significant difference in the exam-question scores between the problem-based learning concept-mapping groups and the problem-based learning discussion-only group.

  8. Mind Maps: Useful Schematic Tool for Organizing and Integrating Concepts of Complex Patient Care in the Clinic and Classroom

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    Zipp, Genevieve Pinto; Maher, Cathy; D'Antoni, Anthony V.

    2009-01-01

    Academicians are always trying to answer the question, "What is the most effective way to teach?" Finding the answer to this question is no easy task but recognizing that each teachable moment must be shaped based upon the learner, task, and the environment enable the academician to consider viable teaching strategies that would promote the…

  9. Lymphatic mapping to tailor selective lymphadenectomy in cN0 tongue carcinoma: beyond the sentinel node concept

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    De Cicco, C.; Trifiro, G.; Travaini, L.L.; Fiorenza, M.; Paganelli, G. [European Institute of Oncology, Nuclear Medicine, Milan (Italy); Calabrese, L.; Bruschini, R.; Chiesa, F. [European Institute of Oncology, Head and Neck Surgery Division, Milan (Italy); Ferrari, M.E. [European Institute of Oncology, Medical Physics Division, Milan (Italy); Viale, G. [European Institute of Oncology and University of Milan, Pathology Division, Milan (Italy)

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    Cervical lymph node status is the most important pathological determinant of prognosis and decision making in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). The aim of this study was to demonstrate that lymphoscintigraphy (LS) can supply a complete map of the lymphatic drainage before surgery, allowing planning of the type of intervention and serving to guide lymphadenectomy. The study population comprised 14 patients with T2-4 SCCs of the tongue and clinically negative lymph nodes in the neck (cN0) who were scheduled to undergo tumour resection and selective level I-IV neck dissection extended to level V. LS was performed in all patients following the injection of {sup 99m}Tc-colloidal sulphide in three aliquots around the primary lesion. Dynamic, static and tomographic images of the head and neck were acquired. The operative specimens were subjected to lymphoscintigraphic evaluation. Preoperative and postoperative imaging results were compared with the pathological findings. All nodes were examined using haematoxylin-eosin staining. Preoperative LS was successful in all patients. Preferential pathways of lymphatic drainage were identified: level II of the neck was the most common lymphatic drainage pattern, followed by levels IV and III. Contralateral drainage occurred in 11 patients and in two of them metastatic nodes were found on the contralateral side. Metastases were observed only in radioactive lymph nodes. LS is able to supply a complete map of the lymphatic drainage before surgery, making it possible to tailor selective neck dissection to each individual patient based on the results of preoperative mapping, thereby sparing healthy lymphatic tissue and reducing surgery-related morbidity. (orig.)

  10. Lymphatic mapping to tailor selective lymphadenectomy in cN0 tongue carcinoma: beyond the sentinel node concept

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    Cervical lymph node status is the most important pathological determinant of prognosis and decision making in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). The aim of this study was to demonstrate that lymphoscintigraphy (LS) can supply a complete map of the lymphatic drainage before surgery, allowing planning of the type of intervention and serving to guide lymphadenectomy. The study population comprised 14 patients with T2-4 SCCs of the tongue and clinically negative lymph nodes in the neck (cN0) who were scheduled to undergo tumour resection and selective level I-IV neck dissection extended to level V. LS was performed in all patients following the injection of 99mTc-colloidal sulphide in three aliquots around the primary lesion. Dynamic, static and tomographic images of the head and neck were acquired. The operative specimens were subjected to lymphoscintigraphic evaluation. Preoperative and postoperative imaging results were compared with the pathological findings. All nodes were examined using haematoxylin-eosin staining. Preoperative LS was successful in all patients. Preferential pathways of lymphatic drainage were identified: level II of the neck was the most common lymphatic drainage pattern, followed by levels IV and III. Contralateral drainage occurred in 11 patients and in two of them metastatic nodes were found on the contralateral side. Metastases were observed only in radioactive lymph nodes. LS is able to supply a complete map of the lymphatic drainage before surgery, making it possible to tailor selective neck dissection to each individual patient based on the results of preoperative mapping, thereby sparing healthy lymphatic tissue and reducing surgery-related morbidity. (orig.)

  11. Genetic maps of SSR and SRAP markers in diploid orchardgrass (Dactylis glomerata L.) using the pseudo-testcross strategy.

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    Xie, Wengang; Zhang, Xinquan; Cai, Hongwei; Huang, Linkai; Peng, Yan; Ma, Xiao

    2011-03-01

    Orchardgrass (Dactylis glomerata L.) is one of the most important cool-season forage grasses commonly grown throughout the temperate regions of the world. The objective of this work was to construct a diploid (2n = 2x = 14) orchardgrass genetic linkage map useful as a framework for basic genetic studies and plant breeding. A combination of simple sequence repeat (SSR) and sequence-related amplified polymorphism (SRAP) molecular markers were used for map construction. The linkage relationships among 164 SSRs and 108 SRAPs, assayed in a pseudo-testcross F1 segregating population generated from a cross between two diploid parents, were used to construct male (01996) and female (YA02-103) parental genetic maps. The paternal genetic map contains 90 markers (57 SSRs and 33 SRAPs) over 9 linkage groups (LGs), and the maternal genetic map is composed of 87 markers (54 SSRs and 33 SRAPs) assembled over 10 LGs. The total map distance of the male map is 866.7 centimorgans (cM), representing 81% genome coverage, whereas the female map spans 772.0 cM, representing 75% coverage. The mean map distance between markers is 9.6 cM in the male map and 8.9 cM in the female map. About 14% of the markers remained unassigned. The level of segregation distortion observed in this cross was 15%. Homology between the two maps was established between five LGs of the male map and five LGs of the female map using 10 bridging markers. The information presented in this study establishes a foundation for extending genetic mapping in this species, serves as a framework for mapping quantitative trait loci (QTLs), and provides basic information for future molecular breeding studies. PMID:21423284

  12. The effectiveness of teaching strategies for creativity in a nursing concepts teaching protocol on the creative thinking of two-year RN-BSN students.

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    Ku, Ya-Lie; Kao Lo, Chi-Hui; Wang, Jing-Jy; Lee Hsieh, Jane; Chen, Kuei-Min

    2002-06-01

    Because of changes in the medical environment, nurses must maintain the ability of divergent thinking to solve the health problems of patients. However, many nurses whose work in clinical practice has become routine have lost the ability of creativity. To cultivate nurses creativity should be a goal of nursing education. The purpose of this study is to evaluate a nursing concepts teaching protocol by utilizing teaching strategies directed toward creativity to promote creativity in two-year RN-BSN students. This study design is a time series and one group experiment utilizing multiple instances of treatment. Teaching strategies for creativity were applied to a teaching unit and 52 two-year RN-BSN students were tested for creativity before the end of each semester. This study was conducted from March, 1999 to May, 2000, but only 30 students completed all tests and reached a 58% return rate. Torrance s (1974) definitions of creativity includ fluency, flexibility, and uniqueness were followed and the instrument, a questionnaire on Creativity in the application of the Nursing Process Tool (CNPT), was designed based on Emerson (1988). The content validity of Chinese-version CNPT was.79. The inter-coder reliability between two researchers was.84 following a coding guide that ten nursing education experts had established. The results indicated that 30 two-year RN-BSN students had improved fluency and flexibility. The improvements reached a significant level after the third semester. Only uniqueness declined. It is suggested that nursing faculty apply teaching strategies uniqueness more often in a teaching protocol of nursing concepts. By utilizing teaching strategies of creativity in a teaching protocol of nursing concepts, it is expected that two-year RN-BSN students can acquire characteristics of creativity for problem-solving skills in clinical settings. PMID:12119595

  13. "Meaning" as a sociological concept: A review of the modeling, mapping, and simulation of the communication of knowledge and meaning

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    Leydesdorff, Loet

    2010-01-01

    The development of discursive knowledge presumes the communication of meaning as analytically different from the communication of information. Knowledge can then be considered as a meaning which makes a difference. Whereas the communication of information is studied in the information sciences and scientometrics, the communication of meaning has been central to Luhmannâ??s attempts to make the theory of autopoiesis relevant for sociology. Analytical techniques such as semantic maps and the simulation of anticipatory systems enable us to operationalize the distinctions which Luhmann proposed as relevant to the elaboration of Husserlâ??s â??horizons of meaningâ? in empirical research: interactions among communications, the organization of meaning in instantiations, and the self-organization of interhuman communication in terms of symbolically generalized media such as truth, love, and power. Horizons of meaning, however, remain uncertain orders of expectations, and one should caution against reific...

  14. A study on the effectiveness of investment strategy based on the concept of pivot points levels using Matthews criterion

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    Antoni Wili?ski; Tomasz Nyczaj; Aneta Bera; Piotr B?aszy?ski

    2013-01-01

    In this work, the possibility of assessing traditional investment strategy based on the pivot points for using with other than the commonly used criterion is examined. The authors attempted to apply the Matthews Correlation Coefficient (further reffered as MCC) criterion based on a confusion matrix when assessing the strategy to include more factors than the traditional criteria (such as profit, profit vs. Risk, Sharpe ratio, Calmar ratio) and to express these factors by one number. The crit...

  15. Connecting Three Pivotal Concepts in K-12 Science State Standards and Maps of Conceptual Growth to Research in Physics Education

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    Singh, Chandralekha

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes three conceptual areas in physics that are particularly important targets for educational interventions in K-12 science. These conceptual areas are force and motion, conservation of energy, and geometrical optics, which were prominent in the US national and four US state standards that we examined. The four US state standards that were analyzed to explore the extent to which the K-12 science standards differ in different states were selected to include states in different geographic regions and of different sizes. The three conceptual areas that were common to all the four state standards are conceptual building blocks for other science concepts covered in the K-12 curriculum. Since these three areas have been found to be ripe with deep student misconceptions that are resilient to conventional physics instruction, the nature of difficulties in these areas is described in some depth, along with pointers towards approaches that have met with some success in each conceptual area.

  16. Real-Time exploration of brain oscillations in human intracranial data: Towards novel BCI, neurofeedback and functional mapping strategies

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    Karim Jerbi

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available A large body of evidence from primate studies indicates that motor intention can be decoded via multiple single-unit recordings or LFPs recorded not only in primary motor cortex, but also in premotor and parietal areas. In humans, reports of invasive BCI systems are less numerous and signal selection for optimal control is still in its early days. We performed a series of studies to evaluate the possible utility of intracerebral recordings obtained via Stereo-Electroencephalography (SEEG depth electrodes in epilepsy patients for the development of novel Brain-Computer interfaces. To test the ability of patients to control various parameters of their intracranial recordings in real-time we designed an online signal analysis system that computes and displays the ongoing power variations at various frequencies. Combining the findings of task-related power modulations observed with this system (Brain TV with that of classical offline analysis, paves the way for the development of novel strategies for BCI, Neurofeedback and real-time functional mapping [1]. The advantages of the Brain TV approach is that it may allow for the detection of previously unsuspected correlations between the subject’s behaviour and power modulations in various brain areas. It can also be used to test the detectability in single-trial mode of task-specific oscillatory power modulations revealed by offline functional exploration paradigms. In particular, our finding suggest that efficient BCI devices can be achieved using intracranial signals recorded from multiple brain areas based on power modulations of both low (theta/alpha/beta and high (gamma frequency estimations and suggest that BCI performance may be improved by using signals recorded from various systems such as the oscillatory activity recorded in the motor and oculomotor systems as well as higher cognitive processes including attention and mental calculation networks [2-4]. Finally, possible impacts on non-invasive BCI techniques are also discussed.

  17. A novel 9 × 9 map-based solvent selection strategy for targeted counter-current chromatography isolation of natural products.

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    Liang, Junling; Meng, Jie; Wu, Dingfang; Guo, Mengzhe; Wu, Shihua

    2015-06-26

    Counter-current chromatography (CCC) is an efficient liquid-liquid chromatography technique for separation and purification of complex mixtures like natural products extracts and synthetic chemicals. However, CCC is still a challenging process requiring some special technical knowledge especially in the selection of appropriated solvent systems. In this work, we introduced a new 9 × 9 map-based solvent selection strategy for CCC isolation of targets, which permit more than 60 hexane-ethyl acetate-methanol-water (HEMWat) solvent systems as the start candidates for the selection of solvent systems. Among these solvent systems, there are clear linear correlations between partition coefficient (K) and the system numbers. Thus, an appropriate CCC solvent system (i.e., sweet spot for K = 1) may be hit by measurement of k values of the target only in two random solvent systems. Besides this, surprisingly, we found that through two sweet spots, we could get a line ("Sweet line") where there are infinite sweet solvent systems being suitable for CCC separation. In these sweet solvent systems, the target has the same partition coefficient (K) but different solubilities. Thus, the better sweet solvent system with higher sample solubility can be obtained for high capacity CCC preparation. Furthermore, we found that there is a zone ("Sweet zone") where all solvent systems have their own sweet partition coefficients values for the target in range of 0.4 honokiol and magnolol from the extracts of Magnolia officinalis Rehd. Et Wils and tanshinone IIA from Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge. In practice, it is much easier to get a suitable solvent system only by making a simple screening two to four HEMWat two-phase solvent systems to obtain the sweet line or sweet zone without special knowledge or comprehensive standards as references. This is an important advancement for solvent system selection and also will be very useful for isolation of current natural products including Traditional Chinese Medicines. PMID:25980692

  18. Cognitive maps

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    Minder, Bettina; Laursen, Linda Nhu; Lassen, Astrid Heidemann

    2014-01-01

    . Conceptual clustering is used to analyse and order information according to concepts or variables from within the data. The cognitive maps identified are validated through the comments of some of the same experts. The study presents three cognitive maps and respective world-views explaining how the design...

  19. The reading room: Exploring the use of literature as a strategy for integrating threshold concepts into nursing curricula.

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    McAllister, Margaret; Lasater, Kathie; Stone, Teresa Elizabeth; Levett-Jones, Tracy

    2015-11-01

    In addition to acquiring a solid foundation of clinical knowledge and skills, nursing students making the transition from lay person to health professional must adopt new conceptual understandings and values, while at the same time reflecting on and relinquishing ill-fitting attitudes and biases. This paper presents creative teaching ideas that utilise published narratives and explores the place of these narratives in teaching threshold concepts to nursing students. Appreciating nuance, symbolism and deeper layers of meaning in a well-drawn story can promote emotional engagement and cause learners to care deeply about an issue. Moreover, aesthetic learning, through the use of novels, memoirs and picture books, invites learners to enter into imagined worlds and can stimulate creative and critical thinking. This approach can also be a vehicle for transformative learning and for enhancing students' understanding and internalisation of threshold concepts that are integral to nursing. Guided engagement with the story by an effective educator can help learners to examine taken-for-granted assumptions, differentiate personal from professional values, remember the link between the story and the threshold concept and re-examine their own perspectives; this can result in transformative learning. In this paper, we show how threshold concepts can be introduced and discussed with nursing students via guided engagement with specific literature, so as to prompt meaningful internalised learning. PMID:26310934

  20. New-Concept Part-Time Employment as a Work-Family Adaptive Strategy for Women Professionals with Small Children

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    Hill, E. Jeffrey; Martinson, Vjollca; Ferris, Maria

    2004-01-01

    This study investigates how the option for new-concept part-time (NPT) employment influences the ability of mothers of preschool children working in professional occupations to successfully integrate work and family responsibilities. Female NPT professionals (n=279) and female full-time (FT) professionals (n=250) were compared. The NPT group…