[Publicações] Analyzing the Use of Concept Maps in Computer Science: A Systematic Mapping Study

Vinicius dos SANTOS¹, Érica F. de SOUZA¹,

¹Department of Computer, Federal Technological University of Paraná – UTFPR
Cornélio Procópio/PR, Brazil

²Laboratory of Computing and Applied Mathematics,
National Institute for Space Research – INPE
São José dos Campos/SP, Brazil,,,

Abstract. Context: concept Maps (CMs) enable the creation of a schematic representation of a domain knowledge. For this reason, CMs have been applied in different research areas, including Computer Science. Objective: the objective of this paper is to present the results of a systematic mapping study conducted to collect and evaluate existing research on CMs initiatives in Computer Science. Method: the mapping study was performed by searching five electronic databases. We also performed backward snowballing and manual search to find publications of researchers and research groups that accomplished these studies. Results: from the mapping study, we identified 108 studies addressing CMs initiatives in different subareas of Computer Science that were reviewed to extract relevant information to answer a set of research questions. The mapping shows an increasing interest in the topic in recent years and it has been extensively investigated due to support in teaching and learning. Conclusions: based on our results we conclude that the use of CMs as an educational tool has been widely accepted in Computer Science.

Keywords: systematic mapping study; concept maps; knowledge representation; computer science; education tool.

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