Physical webbing: Group construction of three-dimensional mindmaps to build understanding and knowledge.
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In an effort to make the learning strategy of Mind Mapping more experiential, an instructional strategy, termed Physical Webbing was devised. In the Physical Webbing activity, groups collaboratively build concrete (physical) representations of abstract content using kinesthetic or participatory manipulatives. The learning strategy of Mind Mapping is predominantly used on an individual basis and is most often paper-based. Therefore, using three-dimensional materials to collaboratively build abstract information into a concrete Mind Map enables students to experience the information in a concrete, tactile manner. The theoretical underpinnings of the Physical Web include Kolb's Experiential Learning Theory, Brain-based Learning principles and Papert's Constructionist Theory. A case study example of the implementation of the Physical Webbing process delineates a specific application and provides procedures for replication and expansion of the strategy. Qualitative analysis of surveys following the experiential activity provided evidence regarding the success and benefits of the incorporation of the Physical Webbing activity.
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