The Benefits of Visual Learning
Here's a closer look at one of our popular mind maps on Biggerplate, shared by PuzzleBox - the benefits of visual learning, nicely outlined in a mind map.
The benefits of providing visuals in learning
Research entitled “Graphic Organisers: A Review of Scientifically Based Research ” has supported the instructional effectiveness of the use of visual learning techniques by examining the results of 29 studies. These findings of the research are explained below.
As we learn we code information both in verbal and non-verbal formats. By attending to both non-verbal as well as verbal forms of communication via the use of graphic organisers (such as concept maps or mind maps) information is easier to retain and recall.
The use of graphic organisers can then help students link the existing knowledge to new knowledge.
Working memory has a maximum capacity. If overloaded, learning does not take place. Graphic organisers, if used appropriately, can help reduce overload and enable more working memory to be devoted to learning.
Instructional design theory (Brookbank et al., 1999) indicated that graphic organisers enabled learners to improve critical thinking and higher order thinking skills, as measured by teacher observations and learner performance on classroom projects. Doyle (1999) and Meyer (1995) used graphic organisers as an outlining tool. The studies concluded that graphic organisers were a viable alternative to conventional note taking methods and assisted learners in the writing process.