ERIC Number: ED052415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Readability of Newspaper Articles Written by County Agricultural Extension Agents.
Upchurch, Jefferson Woodrow, Jr.
Articles submitted to newspapers by 100 agents of the North Carolina Agricultural Service were studied to determine the readability or reading ease of the articles, and to determine the extent to which certain selected factors were associated with reading ease scores. Five of each of the respondents' newspaper articles were randomly selected, and 100-word samples were randomly chosen from each of the five articles. The Farr-Jenkins-Paterson Reading Ease Formula was used to determine reading ease or readability. Personal data and agents' attitudes toward writing and the use of newspapers as a teaching aid were collected by means of mailed questionnaires. The data were analyzed by use of descriptive statistical methods, according to tenure in Extension, education, reading habits, writing experience, and regard for the newspaper article as a teaching method. Findings are that: (1) only 7 of the 100 agents wrote in the "standard" range; (2) the agent's field of education affects his ability to write at a relatively high level of readability; (3) a small number of agents had received writing training; and (4) the agents place a relatively high value on the use of newspaper articles as a teaching method. (DB)
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Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh. Dept. of Agricultural Information.