ERIC Number: ED097629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Techniques for Making Written Material More Readable/Comprehensible.
Siegel, Arthur I.; And Others
This technical memorandum presents an outline of how to apply psycholinguistic and intellective concepts in order to enhance the readability and comprehensibility of written materials. Guidelines for making the reader's task easier are provided, and some readability measurement procedures are also discussed. The contents include: "Increasing Readability/Comprehensibility," which discusses morphemes, sentence voice problems, negativity problems, self-embedding, depth, complements, and branching; "Helping the Reader's Intelligence to Work Easily," which looks at deemphasizing vocabulary diversity, seeing generalizations, cutting down unnecessary details in figures and diagrams, repeating facts for the reader, organizing the material, and avoiding abbreviations: and "Measuring Readability," which discusses the use test, the comprehension test, rating by experts, the cloze procedure, element counting techniques, and more details on readability measures. (WR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Lowry AFB, CO. Technical Training Div.