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ERIC Number: ED089361
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1949
Pages: 46
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Dale, Edgar, Ed.
This monograph discusses the three chief interacting variables which affect the readability of a particular piece of material--format and organization, the reader, and the criterion used to estimate readability. Chapters include "The Concept of Readability," which provides a comprehensive view of readability, analyzes the purposes of research in readability, and discusses the strengths and weaknesses of present knowledge; "Readability Formulas--An Evaluation," which examines the criteria for reading difficulty and comprehension levels, citing some of the short-comings of current evaluation techniques; "The Use of Vocabulary Lists in Predicting Readability and in Developing Reading Materials," which considers the most common words used at differing reading levels, analyzes several vocabulary lists, and discusses the preparation of materials for certain levels of readability; "Typography and Readability," which examines the effect of type face, spatial arrangement of page, and other variables in format; and "Techniques for Selecting and Writing Readable Materials," which shows how teachers, librarians, and community leaders can use readability research to select reading materials for specific readers. Each chapter contains a bibliography. (RB)
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Authoring Institution: National Conference on Research in English.; National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.