Institutional members access full text with Ovid®

Share this article on:

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
Feature Articles

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.

Supplemental Digital Content is available in the text

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 (

Supplemental digital content is available for this article. Direct URL citations appear in the printed text and are provided in the HTML and PDF versions of this article on the journal’s Web site (

© 2013 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.