Learning, Creating, and Using Knowledge: Concept Maps as Facilitative Tools in Schools and Corporations, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Learning, Creating, and Using Knowledge

Concept Maps as Facilitative Tools in Schools and Corporations, 2nd Edition

By Joseph D. Novak


320 pages

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Paperback: 9780415991858
pub: 2009-11-24
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pub: 2009-11-24
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This fully revised and updated edition of Learning, Creating, and Using Knowledge recognizes that the future of economic well being in today's knowledge and information society rests upon the effectiveness of schools and corporations to empower their people to be more effective learners and knowledge creators. Novak’s pioneering theory of education presented in the first edition remains viable and useful. This new edition updates his theory for meaningful learning and autonomous knowledge building along with tools to make it operational ─ that is, concept maps, created with the use of CMapTools and the V diagram.

The theory is easy to put into practice, since it includes resources to facilitate the process, especially concept maps, now optimised by CMapTools software. CMapTools software is highly intuitive and easy to use. People who have until now been reluctant to use the new technologies in their professional lives are will find this book particularly helpful. Learning, Creating, and Using Knowledge is essential reading for educators at all levels and corporate managers who seek to enhance worker productivity.

Table of Contents



  1. An Overview of the Book
  2. The Need for a Theory of Education
  3. Meaningful Learning for Empowerment
  4. The Construction of New Meanings
  5. Ausubel’s Assimilation Learning Theory
  6. The Nature of Knowledge and How Humans Create Knowledge
  7. The Effective Teacher/Manager
  8. The Context for Education/Management
  9. Evaluation and Rewards
  10. Improving Education in Schools and Corporations


About the Author

Joseph D. Novak, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, Education and Biology, is Senior Research Scientist, Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
EDUCATION / Computers & Technology
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology