Concept mapping-An effective method for identifying diversity and congruity in cognitive style

Slavi Stoyanov*, Kathryn Jablokow, Scott R. Rosas, Iwan G.J.H. Wopereis, Paul A. Kirschner

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Abstract

This paper investigates the effects of cognitive style for decision making on the behavior of participants in different phases of the group concept mapping process (GCM). It is argued that cognitive style should be included directly in the coordination of the GCM process and not simply considered as yet another demographic variable. The cognitive styles were identified using the Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory, which locates each person’s style on a continuum ranging from very adaptive to very innovative. Cognitive style could explain diversity in the participants’ behavior in different phases of the GCM process. At the same time, the concept map as a group’s common cognitive construct can consolidate individual differences and serves as a tool for managing diversity in groups of participants. Some of the results were that: (a) the more adaptive participants generated ideas that fit to a particular, well-established and consensually agreed paradigm, frame of reference, theory or practice; (b) the more innovative participants produced ideas that were more general in scope and required changing a settled structure (paradigm, frame of reference, theory or practice); and (c) the empirical comparison of the map configurations through Procrustes analysis indicated a strong dissimilarity between cognitive styles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-244
Number of pages7
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Volume60
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017

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Individuality
Decision Making
Group
Demography
Equipment and Supplies
managing diversity
paradigm
innovation
decision making
method
Cognitive style
Concept mapping
human being
Frame of reference
Paradigm
analysis
comparison
co-ordination
effect
Dissimilarity

Keywords

  • Group concept mapping
  • Cognitive style
  • Procrustes analysis

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