CMC 2012 – Fifth International Conference on Concept Mapping

Valetta, Malta – September 17-20, 2012

Local Arrangements:

The Fifth International Conference on Concept Mapping follows on the success of the first four Conferences held Pamplona, San José, Tallinn/Helsinki and Viña del Mar in bringing together scholars and practitioners interested in concept mapping. It is being organized by the University of Malta and the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, USA.

The Conference is aimed at all persons interested in the use of concept maps (based on the work of Dr. Joseph Novak), including, but not limited to: facilitation of learning; eliciting, capturing, archiving, and using "expert" knowledge; planning instruction; assessment of "deep" understandings; research planning; collaborative knowledge modeling; creation of "knowledge portfolios"; and administrative and strategic planning and monitoring. We expect participants from a broad range of fields presenting a wide variety of research and applications of concept mapping. All presentations at the conference are expected to include time for questions, answers, and scholarly discussion.

Electronic paper submissions can be submitted in the following categories:

· Paper Proposals: Papers are reports of completed research accepted by a panel of experts and peers and will be published in the conference proceedings. There are three categories for papers: (a) empirical research, (b) model or theory development, and (c) theorizing from the literature. The time allotted for each session is 30 minutes (20 minutes presentation/10 minutes discussion). Audience participation, as a principle of adult education, is stressed. Full papers submissions have a length of up to 8 pages.

· Poster Presentations (with paper): The posters will form a visual display prepared by conference participants describing a research initiative, program, pedagogical model, and/or best practice on how concept mapping is applied in a variety of settings. Poster presentations serve as an effective forum for the exchange of information and a means to communicate ideas, research, and programs. Poster papers should have a maximum length of 4 pages and will be published in the conference proceedings.

· Poster Presentation (without paper). Posters that do not include a formal paper will also be accepted for presentation at the conference. Participants can submit a 500 word abstract if they are interested in presenting a poster without writing a formal paper. The abstracts will be reviewed for selection at the conference.

All papers should be written and presented in Spanish or English. The Proceedings of the Conference will be published as a book by the University of Malta and posted on the Conference web site.

All papers from previous conferences are available at and can be searched at

Time-line for Proposal Submission Process


To submit a paper or poster please go to the following web site: For each type of presentation follow the directions as to the page numbers and the format that is posted there.


PROCEEDINGS: June 30, 2012

CONFERENCE DATES: September 17-20, 2012

Program Committee Honorary Chair

Joseph Novak, Cornell University and Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, USA

Program Committee Chair

Alberto J. Cañas, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

Local Arrangements Chair

Jacqueline Vanhear, University of Malta, Malta

Steering Committee

Priit Reiska, Tallinn University, Estonia
Jaime Sánchez, Universidad de Chile, Chile
Simone Conceição, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Paulo Correia, Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil
Sumitra Himangshu, Macon State College, USA
Jesús Salinas, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain

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