Vol. 14 No. 2 (2023): MEDIA EDUCATION – Studi, ricerche e buone pratiche
Best practices

L’uso delle mappe concettuali per lo studio delle dipendenze da internet: una Unità didattica

Lidia Di Giuseppe
Convitto nazionale “V. Emanuele II” Roma

Published 2023-12-31


  • addictions,
  • adolescents,
  • digital citizenship,
  • civic education,
  • IAD,
  • school
  • ...More


The article provides an account of a research/Teaching unit that took place in a Classical High School in Rome. It began at the end of the I year and developed in the I quarter of the II year, divided into two phases, as part of the Civic Education lessons. The first purpose was to make students aware of the problems of Internet addiction, to make them self-conscious of the risks that they can run, especially following a period of pandemic, which has forced the entire Italian (and world) population to confinement at home. The second purpose was to test whether the use of concept maps was indeed useful in producing in students the desired knowledge about Internet Addiction Disorder. Concept maps were created first on research made independently by the students, then through a summary on the topic provided by the teacher. After each of the two steps, the same questionnaire was administered: the results were finally compared. It turned out that, in the transition from Step I to Step II, new learning had indeed occurred. The learning experience was fully satisfactory, and the pupils themselves confirmed that the concept maps helped them to organize and deepen the new knowledge they were acquiring.


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