An investigation to construct a reference scale by means of which the difficulty level of primary reading books may be determined.

Anderson, Jonathan, 1939- (1965). An investigation to construct a reference scale by means of which the difficulty level of primary reading books may be determined. , Graduate School of Education, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Anderson, Jonathan, 1939-
Thesis Title An investigation to construct a reference scale by means of which the difficulty level of primary reading books may be determined.
School, Centre or Institute Graduate School of Education
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1965
Total pages 164
Language eng
Subjects 1301 Education Systems
Formatted abstract The problem of suitably matching material and reader is a challenge particularly in the primary school because at this level small changes in reading age are accompanied by quite large differences in the difficulty of reading material. The aim of this investigation was the construction of a reference scale by means of which the difficulty level (readability) of primary reading books may be determined.

Ten reading books covering the range of reading difficulty found in the primary school were selected for the study. Three separate but related experiments were carried Tut. The first was to establish a criterion of readability. This criterion was used in the second experiment to determine the readability age levels of each of the ten bonks. The major hypothesis was that readability age levels would be regularly related to (a) a psychological scaling of reading difficulty and (b) the 'cloze' measure of difficulty. Results confirmed the hypothesis. The relationship between readability ago level and the 'cloze' measure formed the basis of the scale and from the ten reading books three were selected to form the final reference scale.

In the third experiment predictions of the reading difficulty of books were made using the reference scale. Findings suggest the scale may be used by the practicing classroom teacher. Educational implications and a direction for future research are discussed.


Keyword Reading (Elementary)
Readability (Literary style)

 
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