Call for Papers


Knowledge Management & E-Learning (KM&EL)

(Indexed by SCOPUS)


Special Issue on


Novakian concept mapping
in university and professional education


Guest Editor


Prof. Ian M. Kinchin

Department of Higher Education,

University of Surrey

Guildford, UK



This special issue of the KM&EL international journal is dedicated to coverage of advances in the application of Novakian concept mapping to academic research and to teaching and learning at university and in professional education contexts.

Over the past forty years there have been numerous published studies that have illustrated learning gains among students who have been introduced to concept mapping in their classes – particularly in early-years and secondary education. This focus reflects the context of much of the early research conducted by Joseph Novak and colleagues at Cornell University that was looking to develop science education within compulsory education. Since then, many studies have reported quasi-experimental studies to show how the introduction of concept mapping has enhanced student learning when compared with traditional teaching environments.

In this call we invite papers that look beyond simple comparison between students who have used concept mapping and those who have not, to describe advances in the theorization and application of concept mapping in post-compulsory education.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Enhancement of student learning through concept mapping
  • Application of concept mapping to curriculum design
  • Application of concept mapping to strategic planning
  • Concept mapping to explore the links between teaching and research
  • Exploring disciplinary differences through concept mapping and visualization of disciplinary knowledge structures
  • Networked approaches to health professional education (e.g. medical, nursing, veterinary, dental and other allied health professions)
  • Visualization of links between theory and practice in applied subjects (e.g. clinical and engineering sciences)
  • Concept mapping and the integration of educational theory
  • Concept mapping and collaborative learning
  • Concept mapping and doctoral supervision
  • Concept mapping and faculty development
  • Mapping the development of professional expertise
  • Concept mapping and learning analytics
  • Application of concept mapping to e-learning design and delivery

This issue is designed to elicit both theoretical and applied papers that describe efforts to consider Novakian concept mapping in novel contexts and through innovative theoretical lenses that will help to embed the tool into practice more widely.

Important Dates  

Submission due: 15th September, 2014

Notification of acceptance: 24th November, 2014

Publication schedule: March, 2015 (Vol. 7. No. 1)

Submission Instructions

Electronic submission by email to the Guest Editor is required (

Papers must not have been published, accepted for publication, or presently be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A standard double-blind review process will be used for selecting papers to be published in this special issue. Authors should follow the instructions outlined in the KM&EL Website (see URL

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Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL)
ISSN 2073-7904


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Laboratory for Knowledge Management & E-Learning

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