This very interesting study contemplates mind mapping as "a new learning approach" based on the investigations of various thinkers :
- Howard Gardner and his " 5 minds for the future " theory. The 5 minds for the future as set out by Gardner are:
- The Disciplined Mind;
- The Synthesising Mind;
- The Creating Mind;
- The Respectful Mind; and
- The Ethical Mind.
- Edward Tufte and the role of information visualization
Objective and study method
The aim of this study was to discover the impact of mind mapping on the learning skills of 140 students at the University of Cordoba between 2006 and 2008. The research used approved methods of results analysis. The students, who before never had used mind mapping, have created a total of 1200 individual mind maps and 125 team mind maps.
Among the cognitive abilities improved by mind mapping, the authors distinguish comprehension, information organization and capacity of reflection. In the field of social abilities, the study underlines the positive impact of mind mapping on self-esteem and knowledge socialization.