Concept maps

Overall Purpose

To gather information about someone’s understanding of and attitudes toward a complex subject or topic.


Can offer a more comprehensive and complex view of someone’s thinking than a test does.

Could be a better tool for visual learners or test-phobic people.

Can gather and data.

Can be used as a form of embedded assessment.


Takes training to complete properly,

Takes training for the program leader to learn how to administer.

Can be challenging and time consuming to score. Can be difficult to analyze and interpret.