Activity 4.1 - Concept mapping your research

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Course: 2018 Science Communication Skills for Water Cooperation and Diplomacy
Book: Activity 4.1 - Concept mapping your research
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Date: Saturday, 27 November 2021, 7:01 AM

1 - Introduction

It can be useful to take your research and map out the different questions you are exploring, whilst also defining what the overall goal is. Doing so through concept mapping will allow you to develop ‘go-to’ descriptions or explanations when communicating different aspects of your work… without losing sight of the bigger picture. There is a template below you will now work through. Complete it in your own notes but be prepared to upload later in the module. You can use this Word template if you'd like. 



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2 - Establish the big idea

Establish what the ‘big idea’ or ‘big problem’ is that your research addresses. This should be very simple, and your research alone isn’t enough to solve it. Below are some examples:

“How to make sure everyone in the Nile Basin has access to enough water.” 

“How to make sure that the plants and animals of the Nile Basin are secure for the future.”

“How to prepare populations in the Nile Basin  for climate change.” 

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3 - What informs this big idea?

What single concept of your research feeds into this big idea or problem? Fill in the concept circles for your concept map. Here is an example below.



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4 - Identify key questions

Now you need to establish simple questions that will show why your research might be important. See worked example below. 



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5 - Find examples

Finally, do you have any examples of work you’ve done that tries to answer the specific questions you just teased out? Feel free to adapt the concept map, for example one piece of work might answer two different concepts. 


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6 - Activity completion

Now that you’ve organised your work into key concepts, we will look at communicating it in simple, clear language.