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ERIC Number: ED019000
Record Type: RIE
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A COMPUTERIZED DETERMINATION OF THE READABILITY OF PROGRAMMED MATERIALS USING COMPLETE UNITS.
JACOBSON, MILTON D.; SHAW, ROBERT A.
THE INCREASED USE OF PROGRAMED MATERIALS CREATE A NEED TO ESTABLISH PROCEDURES FOR DETERMINING THE READING DIFFICULTY OF THE MATERIALS BEFORE EXTENSIVE FIELD TESTING BEGINS. AN EXPERIMENT WAS CARRIED OUT WITH 189 FOURTH GRADE, 271 FIFTH GRADE, AND 140 SIXTH GRADE STUDENTS. THE POPULATION OF MATERIALS FOR THIS STUDY CONSISTED OF NINE FOURTH GRADE PROGRAMED SCIENCE UNITS. THE DEPENDENT VARIABLE WAS DEFINED AS THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF ERRORS THAT EACH STUDENT MADE IN THREE SELECTED PROGRAMED SCIENCE UNITS. SEVENTEEN INDEPENDENT VARIABLES WERE CHOSEN AS TO REPRESENT FUNCTIONAL AND GRAMMATIC ASPECTS OF THE UNITS. REGRESSION ANALYSIS WAS UNDERTAKEN TO DETERMINE THE TOTAL AND RELATIVE INFLUENCE OF THE INDEPENDENT VARIABLES ON ERROR COUNT. THE ERROR COUNT WAS FOUND VALID AS A CRITERION FOR DETERMINING READING DIFFICULTY BECAUSE (1) CORRELATIONS WITH THE RESULTS OF THE UNIT TESTS WERE ALL SIGNIFICANT IN PREDICTED DIRECTION, AND (2) BECAUSE THREE INDEPENDENT VARIABLES WERE SIGNIFICANT AS PREDICTORS OF VARIATIONS IN ERROR COUNT. IN FUTURE STUDIES, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT INDEPENDENT VARIABLES BE GIVEN AMPLE CONSIDERATION, AND THAT SAMPLE BE ENLARGED TO INCLUDE LARGER NUMBER OF UNITS. (OH)
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