ERIC Number: ED216318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
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The Difficulty of Textbooks for the Elementary Grades: A Survey of Educators' and Publishers' Preferences.
Conard, Sue Stankewitz
A study (1) surveyed the views of educators and textbook publishers regarding suitable reading levels of textbooks used for instruction in reading and content area subjects; (2) examined preferences for difficulty of reading textbooks considering students' achievement levels and for reading content area textbooks when selections are made for individual students, groups, and classes; and (3) examined techniques and testing methods used by educators and publishers to determine suitable reading levels. The sample survey consisted of 98 publishers and 303 elementary school educators. Results indicated that while both groups considered suitable reading level in textbooks important, educators placed a great deal more emphasis on it than did publishers. Techniques used by educators and publishers for evaluating reading levels were quite similar, with the major difference being that educators used the evaluation of concepts most frequently and publishers used this technique least often. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Research prepared at Harvard Graduate School of Education.