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ERIC Number: ED072411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 54
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An Investigation of the Reading Levels of High School Students with the Readability Levels of Certain Content Textbooks with Their Costs.
Bryant, Joyce Elaine Peaden
This study has three purposes: (1) to determine if there were differences in the readability levels of the content-oriented textbooks and the reading levels of students in grades 10, 11, and 12; (2) to determine the percentage of students in each grade for whom the textbooks were too difficult; and (3) to determine the cost of those textbooks found to be too difficult for the students to effectively read and comprehend them. The reading levels of 900 secondary school students were determined through the use of standardized reading tests, and the Flesch Readability Formula was used to measure the readability levels of the texts. Textbooks were chosen on the basis of those most commonly taught and requests of content-area teachers. The amount of monies expended for the textbooks, which were one or more readability levels above the reading levels of students, was also determined. The findings showed real differences between the reading levels of the students and the readability levels of the texts. More than half of the students were assigned content textbooks found to be too difficult. (Author/WR)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Florida State University