Mind Mapping as a Teaching and Learning Strategy

March 29th, 3:30 – 4:30
Faculty Lounge, University Center

Cathy Maher, Assist. Professor of Physical Therapy
Genevieve Zipp, Professor of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration

Creating an environment that develops a students’ ability to think critically is an educator’s primary role. Researchers within higher education and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) are continually seeking evidence-based support for the effectiveness of diverse teaching and learning strategies, which promote critical thinking. Adult learning literature supports that the relational linking of new information to old information promotes cognitive knowledge development in the adult learner. Given the vast amount of experiences from which a learner can relate newly acquired information to develop a meaningful representation of what is learned, a teaching and learning strategy known as “mind mapping” has been recently explored in the literature as a means to support adult learning.

This workshop will demonstrate how mind mapping by design can support the learner’s integration of material and assist in fostering meaningful insight. It will also explore the tenets and theoretical rationale associated with mind mapping and engage faculty in an experiential learning mind mapping activity.

Catherine Maher, PT, DPT, GCS is an Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University in the School of Health and Medical Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy. Her scholarly interests focus on the following areas of interest: a) interprofessional education practices, b) the effects of dual task performance on walking, and c) use of diverse teaching and learning strategies for the promotion of critical thinking skills. She serves as the coordinator for the SHMS, International Innovation Project.

Genevieve Pinto Zipp, PT, EdD is a Professor at Seton Hall University in the School of Health and Medical Sciences, Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration. In addition, to mentoring interprofessional health science PhD students she teaches in her area of clinical specialty in the Department of Physical Therapy at Seton Hall. She is the Director of the Center for Interprofessional Education in Health Sciences at Seton Hall University. She is active in the Academy of Neurology where she has co-chaired IVSTEP, Entry-Level Neuro Practice Guidelines, and StrokEDGE endeavors.

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