Enhancing translational research in kinesiology requires utilizing diverse research methods. Concept mapping (CM), an applied, participatory research method, brings together stakeholders to address problems. CM involves preparing a project, generating answers to a problem, then structuring, rating, analyzing, representing, and interpreting the data. The results are visual depictions of the stakeholders’ collective thinking about a problem that help facilitate decision-making. In this paper, I describe CM, review CM physical activity projects, discuss opportunities for CM in kinesiology, and detail the limitations of CM. Professionals from the kinesiology subdisciplines can implement CM to facilitate collaboration and generate real-world solutions to real-world problems.
Senlin Chen and Alex Garn
conceptual change among learners of various grade or school levels about several different content knowledge areas. Specifically, Chen and Chen ( 2014 ) studied and classified ninth grade students’ ( N = 195) mental models of energy-balance concepts, based on the concept-mapping technique. They found that
Kimberly A. Clevenger, Michael J. Wierenga, Cheryl A. Howe, and Karin A. Pfeiffer
activity-friendly environment from the adolescent perspective: A concept mapping study . International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 15 ( 1 ), 99 . PubMed ID: 30326895 doi:10.1186/s12966-018-0733-x 10.1186/s12966-018-0733-x Holmes , R.M. , & Procaccino , J.K. ( 2009