Mindmapping the Cross-Cultural Issues: Administration and Classroom Teaching
MIND MAPPING Mind Mapping, first developed by Tony Buzan, is a creative brainstorming technique that uses both sides of the brain – the rational/logical, as well as our creative/innovative/intuitive side. The same basic rules that apply to brainstorming also apply to Mind Mapping: –No evaluation or judgment of ideas –Strive for quantity – the more ideas the better! –Even wild ideas are encouraged – you never know where those wild ideas may lead! –Build on the ideas of others Mind Mapping is non-linear and rather than developing lists of ideas it clusters issues/topics/ideas together
MIND MAPPING Elements of the mind mapping process include: An image, word or words that represent the central focus or problem, is placed in the center of the page. Ideas and thoughts are allowed to flow without evaluation or judgment Key words or symbols are used to represent ideas Similar key words/symbols/ideas are clustered together and connected to the central idea with lines. Color is used for emphasis. Images, and symbols are often used to stimulate the mind to make additional connections and to highlight ideas/thoughts. From: Wycoff, J. (1986) Mindmapping: Your personal guide to exploring creativity and problem-solving. New York: Berkley Books.