A worldview, such as that defined by Institute for Creation Research tenets of scientific creationism, is a cognitive structure or schemata that impacts human information processing and learning. Cognitive research indicates that there is not a physical referent for such structural knowledge in the human brain. But planners and writers of educational materials view structural knowledge or worldview as a useful metaphor for describing how the human brain constructs or structures knowledge. Research indicates that structural knowledge is tied to memory processes, problem solving, learning, and knowledge acquisition. This paper focuses on the use of mapping techniques to plan and design instructional experiences for materials or programs intended to advance learners’ development of structural knowledge (worldview) presented in the Institute for Creation Research tenets for scientific creationism.


Worldview, Cognitive mapping, Structural knowledge, Scientific creationism, Information design, Mental chronometry, Object design, Textbook planning, Implicit methods, Elaboration theory, Frames and slots, Explicit methods, Semantic maps, Causal interaction maps, Concept maps, Graphic organizers, Learning strategies, Knowledge acquisition, Content structures, Text evaluation, Content structure analysis, Evaluation design, Visual rhetor, Constructivist design, Scenarios


DigitalCommons@Cedarville provides a publication platform for fully open access journals, which means that all articles are available on the Internet to all users immediately upon publication. However, the opinions and sentiments expressed by the authors of articles published in our journals do not necessarily indicate the endorsement or reflect the views of DigitalCommons@Cedarville, the Centennial Library, or Cedarville University and its employees. The authors are solely responsible for the content of their work. Please address questions to dc@cedarville.edu.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.