Constructivist dialogue mapping analysis of ant adaptation

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This paper introduces constructivist dialogue mapping (CDM), a new type of concept mapping. CDM encodes what people learn during a non-goal directed learning activity. CDM is a practical means to outline the mini theories users fluidly construct as they explore open-ended learning environments. To demonstrate the method, in this paper we use CDM to track how two modelers elaborate understandings during use of a constructionist learning game, Ant Adaptation. Using the method, we show how two users contest and construct their idea of self-organization in ant colonies. The method is rooted in constructionism, constructivism, concept mapping, and conceptual change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-112
Number of pages36
JournalInformatics in Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020


  • Agent-based models
  • Complexity research
  • Concept mapping
  • Conceptual change
  • Constructionism
  • Constructivism
  • Evaluation
  • Qualitative methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Computer Science Applications


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