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Conversations About Group Concept Mapping
Applications, Examples, and Enhancements



© 2018 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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.
 
Introduction
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
SECTION I
 
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  
Organizing  
A Sample of a Sorting and Rating  
 
Chapter 3. GCM in Action: Analyzing for Results, Producing the Map
Analysis  
Looking at the Maps  
Ratings Comparisons  
Interpretation  
Glossary: Commonly Used Terms in Group Concept Mapping  
 
SECTION II
 
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
Participation  
Representation and Visualization  
Utilization  
Integrated, Mixed-Method Approach  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 10. Forward
 
Appendices
A. Bibliography  
B. GCM Project Workbook  
C. Technology for Managing and Conducting GCM  
D. Guest Researchers’ Biographies  
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Student Resource Site
Visit the companion website for more information and resources about the GCM software as well as using SPSS for Group Concept Mapping.




Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • The Group Concept Mapping Process Model is the result of over 20 years of GCM practice with step-by-step application to guide the new or experienced user.
  • The Group Concept Mapping Workbook provides a planning document that readers can use to conduct a complete GCM project in a short time, offering them the support of a proven, easy-to-use structure in their work.
  • The Applications Summary provides a strong “research to practice” frame for students and offers support to researchers and faculty to expand their own work.
  • Interviewed researchers offer "how to do it" information not found in other social research volumes by describing their decisions and actions taken to complete unique projects with GCM.
  • A Synthesis chapter places GCM squarely in the context of mixed methods methodology, enabling research in many social environments.


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