Metaphors are used extensively in teaching electronics theory. They range from the 'waves' of radio signals to the 'web' of communications networks, and even further afield.
In this book I discuss these metaphors and their usage. I investigate the effectiveness of the metaphors in conveying the required information and image, and also whether the metaphors have any long-term effect on remembering the required facts.
I show that some people are less receptive of metaphors than others, as might be expected since understanding the relationship of the metaphor to the fact require a degree of imagination. It appears that some people simply do not get the link between the metaphor and the fact. Indeed, I found that some people learn better without the metaphors which tend to confuse them. Some people remember the metaphor long after the fact has become...