Posted by: pkab | 17 May 2008

How to Create a Concept Map: Obesity


1. Identify the general/broad topic that you are interested in.

Example: You are interested in the general topic of obesity

2. Brainstorm on the general topic and list all the concepts and themes that are related to the topic on a large piece of paper. Keep the concepts as concise as possible.

Example:

Who?
How many?
Reasons or causes of
Effects of
More fast food
Bigger portions
Large fries
Diabetes
Technology dependent
Stroke
Heart disease
High-blood pressure
Balanced diet
Little sugar
Kids
Adult female
Mothers
Depression
Genetic
More TV viewing
Sedentary life style
Low work productivity
Low self-esteem
Poor emotional health
Physical fitness at work
Balanced diet
Nutritious meals
Less fast food
Obese parents
Unhealthy Diet
Little physical exercise
Soda pop
Dessert
Too much sugar
Commuters
Few pedestrians
How to prevent
Transportation system
Exercise programs
Physical fitness in school
Physical exercise
Walk or pedal to work


3. Using unlined paper, write the main theme in the center of the page.

4. Take the other concepts identified in the brainstorming and connect them to the center concept. You can use other organizational patterns such as branches, arrows or groups. More important ideas should be put nearer to the center and less important ones closer to the edge. Identify the relationship between the concepts.

Image of obesity concept map

5. After the map has been created, look at the organizational patterns to see if the pieces fit together and make sense and if there is anything missing. After the map has been created, look at the organizational patterns to see if the pieces fit together and make sense and if there is anything missing.

Source: USU Merrill-Cazier Library


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