Conceptualize


Conceptualization can be considered as an abstract and simplified representation of what each person knows about a topic or the world in general and that, for some reason, they want to represent. Actually, that representation that is made is what the person knows, and in it concepts are expressed from the point of view of verbal relationships with other concepts and their respective examples; with hierarchical relationships that imply the establishment of an object for one or more categories.

The essence of knowledge is the intention already explained by the philosopher Thomas Aquinas, that is, each mental concept refers to a real object or idea. The conceptualization exercise means making your own idea about a specific topic. This mental exercise shows the purpose that a person has to understand a specific reality.

From the point of view of learning, there are study techniques that are especially suitable for conceptualizing specific information as a means of assimilating data more effectively in a shorter period of time. For example, an outline is a means of conceptualizing a topic of study that has a generalized idea of ​​it. Through the scheme, it is also possible to go from the general to the particular and from the particular to the universal. Likewise, brainstorming is also an interesting dynamic.

When we conceptualize reality, we move on the plane of abstraction, that is, we have a generalized idea of ​​something. Conceptualization shows the mental representation of reality. Therefore, the true essence of concepts is their connection with what they represent.

As for the ability to conceptualize, it is the ability of a person to perceive a problem, organization, theme as a whole, and in turn visualize the interrelationship between its parts. This ability is one of the most difficult to develop because it is based on the way of thinking of each individual.

In the philosophical context, there is a philosophical topic that is especially important to analyze the process of conceptualization through the study of reasoning: logic. The conceptualization allows laying the foundations of a theoretical framework. Each person carries out their conceptualization process through their own experience, therefore, this reasoning can also be abstract.