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Developing Scholarly Thinking Using Mind Maps in Graduate Nursing Education

Kotcherlakota, Suhasini PhD; Zimmerman, Lani PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA; Berger, Ann M. PhD, APRN, AOCNS, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/01.NNE.0000435264.15495.51
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Two broad issues that beginning graduate nursing students face are identifying a research focus and learning how to organize complex information. Developing a mind map is 1 strategy to help students clarify their thinking and lay the foundation for in-depth expertise related to their research focus, review of the literature, and conceptual framework. The authors discuss their use of mind mapping combined with feedback using a fishbowl technique.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Kotcherlakota), Professor (Drs Zimmerman and Berger), College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Kotcherlakota, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-5330 (skotcherlakota@unmc.edu).

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