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This paper examines the benefits of a metaphorical graphical user interface (GUI) and discusses how metaphorical interfaces can be used to deliver instruction on stress management. A computer-based instructional (CBI) program for college students was developed on the fundamentals of stress and the role of time management as a coping strategy. The instructional program, called, "Building Coping Skills on a Firm Foundation," begins by offering nine categories of college student stress: instruction; competition; managing time; adjusting to college; administrative problems; social adjustment; finances; housing; and transportation. The metaphorical GUI for this program provides for engagement, orientation, familiarity and transfer, and coherence. The primary metaphor for this program is a building construction site. In addition to the use of primary and secondary metaphors, the program uses color selectively to focus the learner's attention. Upon completion, the program will be tested to determine if the metaphorical GUI contributes to the students' understanding of the relationship of time management to coping with stress. (Contains 25 references.) (AEF)

Descriptors: College Students, Color, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Graphics, Computer Interfaces, Computer Software Development, Coping, Delivery Systems, Higher Education, Instructional Material Evaluation, Metaphors, Stress Management, Time Management











Author: Berkley, Jeannette; Cates, Ward Mitchell

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8389&id=ED397778



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