ERIC Number: ED284177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb-12
Reference Count: 0
An Analytical Comparison of Reading Levels of Junior College Students with the Readability Levels of Textbooks Used in Content Area Courses.
Reed, Keflyn Xavier
A study compared the average reading ability levels of freshmen enrolled at an open-door community college with the readability levels of eight content area textbooks used in courses at the institution. Subjects, 100 students enrolled in reading courses, were randomly selected and administered the Nelson-Denny Reading Test to determine reading ability. Readability levels of the content area textbooks were calculated using the Fry Readability Formula and Graph. Results indicated that the readability levels of the eight textbooks were above the mean reading score of the students tested. Findings suggested that the students would experience difficulty with their texts and would need teacher assistance as they read. Findings also suggested that reading strategies--such as SQ3R, reading with a definite purpose, and asking questions while reading--should be taught, and that guided reading lessons should be tried. In addition, developmental reading courses, especially those that include textbook reading techniques, should be continued. (Tables of data and references are attached.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Content Area Reading, Instructional Materials, Readability, Readability Formulas, Reader Text Relationship, Reading Ability, Reading Comprehension, Reading Difficulties, Reading Instruction, Reading Research, Reading Strategies, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Open Door Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Postsecondary Reading Council of Alabama (Montgomery, AL, February 12, 1987).