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ERIC Number: ED016586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-May-5
Pages: 11
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NEW DATA ON READABILITY.
BORMUTH, JOHN R.
READABILITY RESEARCHERS HAVE MADE ADVANCES IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, INCREASING THE ACCURACY OF READABILITY FORMULAS BY AS MUCH AS 75 PERCENT. THIS PROGRESS WAS POSSIBLE LARGELY BECAUSE RESEARCHERS IN SEVERAL DISCIPLINES DEVELOPED RESEARCH TOOLS WHICH AIDED IN THE STUDY OF READABILITY. PSYCHOLOGISTS DEVELOPED THE CLOZE PROCEDURE INTO AN ACCURATE AND RELIABLE METHOD OF MEASURING LANGUAGE DIFFICULTY. LINGUISTS DEVELOPED DESCRIPTIONS OF VARIOUS FEATURES OF LANGUAGE, AND THESE DESCRIPTIVE DEVICES WERE ADDED INTO NEW TECHNIQUES FOR MEASURING THE FEATURES OF LANGUAGE THAT INFLUENCE ITS COMPREHENSION DIFFICULTY. FINALLY, ADVANCES IN THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE MATHEMATICS USED BY READABILITY RESEARCHERS LED TO IMPROVED DESIGNS FOR READABILITY FORMULAS. THE RESULTS OF THIS PROGRESS IS THAT, WITHIN A YEAR OF TWO, EDUCATORS WILL HAVE IMPROVED TOOLS FOR DETERMINING WHETHER INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS ARE SUITABLE FOR USE WITH THEIR STUDENTS. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT A MEETING COSPONSORED BY THE INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION AND THE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (SEATTLE, MAY 5, 1967). (AUTHOR/BL)
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