Compare and Contrast Chart: two styles of Mapping
There are many different styles of mapping and they are known by many names. But at this point, there is little relationship between the names used and the style of mapping. Here, you can two mapping styles: Tony Buzan’s Mind Map and Judy Fishel’s Concept Map. We will begin with an example of each style, both drawn by Judy Fishel, both covering more or less the same material.
Note that this map includes a number of pictures. To really show his style there should be many more pictures but it’s hard to find images for thinking, memory, etc.
Notice in the dark blue section, the third line down. It says Preview Table of Contents, but since Buzan allows only one word per line, it begins with “Preview.” Next, with a bump in the line it says “Contents”. Finally, on another bump, it says “Table.” The bumps indicate a new line leading off the previous line.
This map never writes words on lines. They are usually either in a box or oval. For the outer level, I didn’t enclose the ideas in a shape.
When needed, several words are used together.
There are no pictures here, though they could be included when they make the idea clear. I do many cocept maps in black and white but sometimes add color for interest.
The Compare and Contrast Chart
Category Mind Map Concept Map
Color Always: considered very important Rarely: not considered important
Pictures Many: considered very important Rarely: not considered important
Basic shape Radiant: ideas flow out from center Radiant: ideas flow out from center
Words on a level Only ONE WORD at a time One – three or four words as needed
Word placement Always on a line Usually in box or circle except last level
Lines Usually curved at all levels Always straight unless line needs to
. Here they are almost straight curve to get around object to connect
Relationship of ideas Ideas emerge from creative flow as Ideas are intended to be logical
. one idea brings other ideas to mind. reflecting the structure of the content
Uses Often used for brainstorming, but now Useful for study, to show structure
. used by many people to show structure to show relationships ideas, show
. relationship of details to main ideas.