Conceptual map in degree thesis presentations

The conceptual map in presentations of thesis degree is one of the techniques used in slides or other computer programs, which help you to present theses, papers, talks and any similar event that the speaker needs to graphically present their work.

Can I use a Concept Map as a graphic resource? The answer is a resounding yes!. There are different methods and techniques to present information in a graphic way, including the Conceptual Map.

At the time of designing the presentations with slides, one of the questions most presented by the speakers is:

  • How do I do it?
  • What information did you post?
  • Is there a specific technique or method for the design of the presentations?
  • What is a Conceptual map in thesis presentations and what is it for?

According to Novak:

The conceptual map is a teachinglearning method made up of a method, strategies and schematic resource“.

In other words, the conceptual map helps you to expose certain information, in a visual way, where the orderly way you put the scheme will help you improve the way you teach and also learn.

How is a conceptual map elaborated in thesis presentations?

Developing a conceptual map is simple! You only have to take into account what elements and characteristics you should have, taking care to carry them out properly. Perhaps the public or the students have no notions if the map is well or poorly made, however, the success that it works will depend on how it was developed.

It is important to point out that like any technique and / or method, conceptual maps must meet certain criteria so that they can be read and understood. They contain elements and characteristics that identify it and that must be respected, which I indicate below:

What are the elements that make up a Conceptual Map in thesis presentations?

The elements that the conceptual map must contain according to Novak are the following:

  • Meanings assigned to words.
  • Proposition. (Conceptual terms united by wordslink).
  • Wordslink. (Words that serve to unite the concepts and indicate the existing relationship between both).

The words must have a specific meaning, which in a synthesized manner indicate what is being transmitted and the words link, gives coherence to the developed content. Likewise, the concept map should be designed with the following characteristics:

Characteristics of a conceptual map in degree thesis presentations

Regarding the characteristics, the conceptual map handles three highlights:

Hierarchy: Arranged in order of importance, the most inclusive are placed at the top level and the examples go to the end.

Selection: Contains a summary of the most important or significant message, theme and text.

Visual Impact: Highlight the words by exchanging uppercase and lowercase letters and highlighting them in circles or ellipses.

Conceptual map in examplegrade thesis presentations

As we can see in the previous example, the conceptual map helps by means of words to make a visual interpretation of the message we want to convey. It is important to consider this technique when making presentations on slides. Because due to its formality, it will serve to give the image of professionalism that is required. If on the contrary you use it for the teachinglearning process, you will also be able to get the information to your students quickly and easily.

What is the structure of a Conceptual Map in presentations of thesis of degree?

The conceptual maps should be structured with an introductory, concepts, words of links and propositions

Can the Conceptual Map in thesis thesis presentations carry images?

There is a paradigm about conceptual maps in which they must only carry concepts, words and letters. However, depending on the audience or students you address you can be designed with images. In the case of children or people who do not know how to read or have difficulty doing so, you can work with conceptual maps that contain images that represent the definitions you want to teach.

Example of a conceptual map in degree thesis presentations with images

As we can see in the previous example, the conceptual map helps by means of words to make a visual interpretation of the message we want to convey. It is important to consider this technique when making presentations on slides. Because due to its formality, it will serve to give the image of professionalism that is required. If on the contrary you use it for the teachinglearning process, you will also be able to get the information to your students quickly and easily.

What is the structure of a Conceptual Map in presentations of thesis of degree?

The conceptual maps should be structured with an introductory, concepts, words of links and propositions

Can the Conceptual Map in thesis thesis presentations carry images?

There is a paradigm about conceptual maps in which they must only carry concepts, words and letters. However, depending on the audience or students you address you can be designed with images. In the case of children or people who do not know how to read or have difficulty doing so, you can work with conceptual maps that contain images that represent the definitions you want to teach.

In the following example, a conceptual map is shown, which was developed for elementary students who did not know how to read. The objective of the class was to make known the characteristics of the food and how it is classified. The children were able to identify the images easily and related the definitions and classification in a simple way.

As can be seen, the images identify the type of food according to its classification, it respects the hierarchy, the selection and has a good visual impact.

Other visual tools in degree thesis presentations

Mental maps are very popular tools among students. However, in their preparation they tend to mix both concepts creating a kind of mixed presentations. Where they include images and concepts without any order, therefore, they do not manage to use either of the two tools optimally.

In addition there are also mental maps, flow charts, flow diagrams, conceptual networks, semantic networks, diagrams, of which I will speak in the next articles.

Final recommendations

Decide how you want to make your presentation, and follow the characteristics of the development of it, that way you can use conceptual maps depending on the type of exposure you are going to make.

During the time I was able to evaluate presentations, the students presented several weaknesses in their visual tools, some diagrams, although very elaborate, they did not understand them or themselves.

On the other hand, some students took their visual aids, which in the end did not use them, not taking advantage of this audiovisual resource.

It does not matter which method or tool you use whenever you design it according to the characteristics of it. Since otherwise it will only be a sheet or presentation with pictures and drawings and without any functionality.