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Title: Combining Concept Maps and Interviews to Produce Representations of Personal Professional Theories in Higher Vocational Education: Effects of Order and Vocational Domain
Authors: Van den Bogaart, Antoine
Schaap, Harmen
Hummel, Hans
Kirschner, Paul A.
Keywords: personal professional theories
concept maps
vocational education
teacher training
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Van den Bogaart, A. C. M., Schaap, H., Hummel, H. G. K., & Kirschner, P. A. (2017). Combining Concept Maps and Interviews to Produce Representations of Personal Professional Theories in Higher Education: Effects of Order and Vocational Domain. Instructional Science, (15)3, 359-376.
Abstract: This article is about the use of personal professional theories (PPTs) in Dutch higher vocational education. PPTs are internalised bodies of formal and practical knowledge and convictions, professionals use to direct their behaviour. With the aid of high-quality representations of students’ PPTs teachers can access, monitor, and support the professional development of students. Two qualitatively equivalent techniques for representing PPTs are (computer-supported) concept mapping and interviewing. This article reports on a study of the effects of combining these techniques to determine whether (1) this results in higher quality representations and (2), if so, whether technique order will make a difference. The study was conducted in two very different vocational domains: accountancy with 29 participants and teacher education with 20 participants. The results of a counterbalanced quasi-experiment with two factors (i.e. domain and order) show in both domains that combining the techniques improves quality but order does not matter. This order independence has practical importance as the computer-supported analysis of a student generated concept map and subsequently discussing the results with the student, fosters learning and fits in educational practice well.
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