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ERIC Number: ED043459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May
Pages: 14
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How Readable Are Our Elementary Social Studies Textbooks?
Johnson, Roger E.
Major investigations have shown that children care little for social studies as a school subject. Therefore, a closer look was taken at social studies textbooks in order to ascertain if the reading difficulty of the texts was an important cause behind the children's dislike. This study evaluated the reading levels of 41 social studies texts adopted by the state of Florida for grades 1 through 6. The interest level of the material, any teacher-provided motivation, and methods of instruction were ignored. At the primary level, the Spache Readability Formula and the Readability Graph were used. For the intermediate-level books, the Dale-Chall Formula for Predicting Readability, the Direct Grade Equivalent Table for the Dale-Chall Formula, the Flesch Readability Formula, and the Fry Readability Graph were applied. It was found that all 41 texts had reading levels at or above the grade level for which they were intended and that 75 of the 128 readability levels obtained were above the designated grade level. References and tables are included. (NH)
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Note: Paper presented at the International Reading Association conference, Anaheim, Cal., May 6-9, 1970