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ERIC Number: ED059860
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 14
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An Examination of Readability Levels for Selected Basic Science Texts.
Gilbert, Charles D.
A total of 10 basic science series was examined, using the Spache, Dale-Chall, Lorge, and Fry readability formulas as assessment instruments of readability. To obtain a comparative sampling of the readability of each book for each series, the books were divided into three equal parts, and the passage from the middle of each one-third part was designated as the sample to which the appropriate formula was then applied. The author concluded that (1) when various reading formulas were applied to texts of selected publishers the averages tended to be consistent with the mean reading level of that grade, (2) results derived from computing the Spearman rank order correlation coefficient among the various formulas when applied to the grade levels of the publishers indicated that no highly correlated relationships existed, and (3) higher but negligible correlations existed in the fourth and fifth grades between the Dale-Chall and the Lorge formulas and between the Dale-Chall and Fry formulas in the fifth and sixth grades. The author ranked the textbooks used in this study according to reading difficulty and mode of presentation. References and tables are included. (AW)
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