, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 73–99 | Cite as

Exploring the psychometric properties of the mind-map scoring rubric

  • Cheng HuaEmail author
  • Stefanie A. Wind
Original Paper


Educational practitioners have used mind mapping as an instructional strategy for decades. Recently, researchers have explored the use of mind mapping in classroom settings, and observed that using this tool may benefit students’ conceptual understanding, as well as improve their creativity. Despite their widespread use, there is a lack of psychometrically sound assessment rubrics that researchers and practitioners can use to evaluate the quality of mind maps. To address this issue, we developed and evaluated a new scoring rubric, namely, mind-map-scoring rubric (MMSR) using a sample of 120 mind maps. By applying many-facet Rasch modeling, we observed that the MMSR demonstrated acceptable psychometric properties. We also observed that the level of difficulty of the aspect of the mind maps was not consistent across different educational levels. We discuss implications for research and practice in relation with the use of visual-learning tools.


Mind map Scoring rubic Many-Facet rasch model Rater-Mediated assessment 


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On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and CounselingThe University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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