Visual representation has been shown to encourage constructive strategies. Inventing representations (including drawings) acts as preparation for future learning, because it can help students discern key features and challenges of new tasks. The growing interest in drawing reflects new understandings of science as a multimodal discursive practice, as well as mounting evidence for its value in supporting quality learning.
Since 1990 there have been a series of studies examining the effects of diagrams versus text on computer user’s performance. There have also been studies investigating the effects of metaphors on learning and information searching. Research results indicate that verbal meatphors help learners to develop more complete mental models. However, little is know about the effects of visual metaphors that possess both the features of diagrams and metaphors. In response to the gaps in the metaphor research literature, the present study aims to compare the effects of visual versus verbal metaphors in facilitating novices and experts in the comprehension and construction of mental models.
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