Establishing meaningful connections: the use of Concept Maps as a learning tool

  • Cesar Orsini University of Glasgow University of Chile
  • Phillip Evans University of Glasgow Gifu University


The constant changes in health professions, and the need for future practitioners to remain competetent means that students should be taught using meaningful and integrated learning strategies. Among the different strategies that help students retain information, develop critical thinking and reason to solve several difficulties; concept maps have been addressed as one such relevant approach. They are described as an organised hierarchical representation of mental understandings, linking a set of relevant concepts using verbs or phrases that give sense to the map. In this short communication the authors intend to discuss the current use and benefits of concept maps within health professions education, along with what constitutes an effective concept map and how it should be introduced to students.

Author Biographies

Cesar Orsini, University of Glasgow University of Chile
Dr Orsini is a PhD candidate in Health Professions Education, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, U.K., and researcher at the Teaching and Learning Centre (FEN), University of Chile, Santiago, Chile.
Phillip Evans, University of Glasgow Gifu University

Mr Evans was a Senior University Teacher and Director of the Doctoral Programme in Health Professions Education, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, at the time the paper was written.  He is now a professor of Medical Education at MEDC Gifu University, Japan.


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