ERIC Number: ED230460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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American and Canadian Social Studies Texts - Recent Changes in Readability.
Pennock, Clifford D.
To determine whether social studies texts used in the intermediate grades of British Columbia (Canada) schools were easier than those analyzed in a 1974 study, the Fry Readability formula was applied to all the grade 4-7 social studies texts prescribed and authorized for use in 1979-1980. It was found that the British Columbia texts are extremely difficult. The difficulty is indicated by the vast range of difficulty within books, the high average readability of individual texts, and the high mean readability of texts across each grade. Most of the books are appropriate only for gifted readers. They present excessive difficulty for average readers and unsurmountable frustration for below average readers. Only for grade 7 is there a sufficient number of texts of appropriate reading level for most students. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: British Columbia; United States