Joseph Novak


Professor Emeritus, Cornell University


Senior Research Scientist

Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC)




Joseph D. Novak, Learning, Creating, and Using Knowledge: Concept Maps as Facilitative Tools in Schools and Corporations. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2010.


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 optimized 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 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.




From the Foreword:

“Concept maps provide a window into students' minds—they reflect students' knowledge structures. As an instructional tool, concept maps encourage students to explicitly organize and make public their (current version of) knowledge. Concept maps encourage them to engage content and put effort into deeply thinking about the content.


You are about to embark on an adventure, one that will likely change the way you see education—that is, reorganize your knowledge and feelings. As Novak admits, sometime it will be challenging—but hang in there. The journey is well worth it!”

Prof. Richard J. Shavelson

Stanford University


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