Conversations About Group Concept Mapping: Applications, Examples, and Enhancements

Conversations About Group Concept Mapping: Applications, Examples, and Enhancements

by Mary A. Kane, Scott R. Rosas

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Conversations About Group Concept Mapping: Applications, Examples, and Enhancements takes a concise, practice-based approach to group concept mapping. After defining the method, demonstrating how to design a project, and providing guidelines to analyze the results, this book then dives into real research exemplars.  Conversations with the researchers are based on in depth interviews that connected method, practice and results.

The conversations are from a wide variety of research settings, that include mapping the needs of at-risk African American youth, creating dialogue within a local business community, considering learning needs in the 21st century, and identifying the best ways to support teens receiving Supplemental Social Security Income. The authors reflect on the commonalities between the cases and draw out insights into the overall group concept mapping method from each case.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506329208
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 10/13/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Mary Kane, MSLIS, is President of Concept Systems, Inc., a social research and evaluation firm specializing in capturing the knowledge and opinions of people and agencies to improve organizations, cultures and environments. Ms. Kane assesses and addresses the needs of local, national and international agencies, guiding government offices, foundations, professional associations, corporations and academic and research institutions to awareness, consensus and decisions. A special emphasis in Mary’s work is creating awareness of “group wisdom” in a community or organization, and guiding groups to harness collective knowledge to produce meaningful, measurable and useful outcomes for program, policy and population change.  Ms. Kane is author or co-author of many publications on the applications of Group Concept Mapping (GCM) in organizational decision-making and strategic planning and evaluation.  Her current research focuses on “Valuing Voice” in underrepresented communities to support sustainable change; and expanding the definition of competencies for evaluation.  As first author of the authoritative text on concept mapping, Concept Mapping for Planning and Evaluation, Mary was able to use her deep knowledge in partnership with Dr. Rosas to create, in this volume, an exciting expansion of GCM’s story

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Chapter 1. Simple Rules for Constructing Group Knowledge: The What and How of GCM
By the Book: The Textbook Definition of GCM
A “Group Wisdom” Definition
GCM’s Simple Rules: The Participant as Knowledge Holder
How GCM is Used
Where GCM is Used
Chapter 2. GCM in Action: Capturing Knowledge, Valuing Participation
GCM’s Simple Rules: What We Ask of the Participant
The Researcher’s Roles in GCM
Designing and Conducting GCM: The Project Process Model
Orientation to the Model: Roles in GCM
The GCM Process: An Exemplar
Idea Generation
Data Development and Phase II Planning
A Sample of a Sorting and Rating
Chapter 3. GCM in Action: Analyzing for Results, Producing the Map
Looking at the Maps
Ratings Comparisons
Glossary: Commonly Used Terms in Group Concept Mapping
Chapter 4. Conversations on Group Concept Mapping With Guest Researchers: Introduction
Chapter 5. A Conversation on Needs of At-Risk African American Youth in Chicago
Design Decisions and Technical Innovations
Chapter 6. A Conversation on Regional Economic Development and Cultural Entrepreneurship
Design Decisions and Technical Innovations
Chapter 7. A Conversation on the Future of Learning: New Ways to Learn New Skills for Future Jobs
Design Decisions and Technical Innovations
Chapter 8. A Conversation on Promoting Readiness for Living, Learning, and Working for Youth Who Have Disabilities Who Receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Design Decisions and Technical Innovations
Chapter 9. Synthesis: What We’ve Learned
Representation and Visualization
Integrated, Mixed-Method Approach
Chapter 10. Forward
A. Bibliography
B. GCM Project Workbook
C. Technology for Managing and Conducting GCM
D. Guest Researchers’ Biographies

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