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Concept maps as network data: Analysis of a concept map using the methods of social network analysis

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Concept mapping is a method that creates a visual representation that illustrates the thoughts, ideas, or planned actions that arise from a group of stakeholders on a particular issue. Social network analysis is a method that likewise creates a visual representation of data; a network map typically represents people and the connections, or lack thereof, between these people regarding a particular issue. While the goals of these two methods differ, the underlying data structures are similar; a network of relationships between data elements. Social network analysis is explored here as a supplement to concept mapping. A secondary analysis of a concept map to define to leadership needs was conducted using social network analysis. The methods and the implications for supplementing the analysis of concept maps and debriefing results with stakeholders are discussed.

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  • McLinden, Daniel, 2013. "Concept maps as network data: Analysis of a concept map using the methods of social network analysis," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 40-48.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:epplan:v:36:y:2013:i:1:p:40-48
    DOI: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2012.05.001
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    1. Goldman, Alyssa W. & Kane, Mary, 2014. "Concept mapping and network analysis: An analytic approach to measure ties among constructs," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 9-17.
    2. Stoyanov, Slavi & Jablokow, Kathryn & Rosas, Scott R. & Wopereis, Iwan G.J.H. & Kirschner, Paul A., 2017. "Concept mapping—An effective method for identifying diversity and congruity in cognitive style," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 238-244.
    3. Orsi, Rebecca, 2017. "Use of multiple cluster analysis methods to explore the validity of a community outcomes concept map," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 277-283.
    4. McLinden, Daniel, 2017. "And then the internet happened: Thoughts on the future of concept mapping," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 293-300.

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    Concept mapping; Social network analysis;

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