A method for 'metaphor engineering' is introduced in the context of participatory multimedia design. Our hypothesis, that adults talk to children more with a metaphorical language than to other adults, was empirically verified. Six male adults (students of physics) explained 12 children (6 girls, 6 boys) and 12 adults (5 female, 7 male) two different domain problems: (1) "Why does the sound of a car change, if the car passes by?" (Doppler effect) and (2) "What happens in a bulb, if someone closes the circuit?" (Light generation.) The results of this validation procedure show, that male domain experts generate significantly more metaphorical descriptions explaining a domain problem to children or female adults than to male adults.
|Title of host publication||Book of short papers of the 4th international conference on work with display units - WWDU '94. Vol. 3|
|Editors||A. Grieco, G. Molteni, E. Occhipinti|
|Place of Publication||Milan|
|Publisher||University of Milan, Institute of Occupational Health|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|