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ERIC Number: ED103276
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Oct-5
Pages: 15
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An Application of Romey's Involvement Index and a Standard Reading Formula to Representative "Modern" and "Traditional" Science Textbooks for Grades 7-10.
Fletcher, Richard K., Jr.
The purpose of the study was to determine the readability level and the level of involvement for selected science textbooks for grades 7-10. A review of related literature concerning readability scales and the Romey Index is included. Thirty secondary science texts were evaluated using the Fry Readability Graph and Romey's Involvement Index. The resulting data included expected grade placement of the text, calculated reading average level, reading level range and Romey Involvement Level. The results indicated a considerable range of readability level within some textbooks as well as from one text to another. Evidence also indicated that a few texts had readability levels consistently equal to or less than the grade level recommendation while some had readability levels ranging into the college level. The Romey Index of Involvement appeared to be a valid measure of the inquiry orientation of textbooks because of the consistency of the results. (Author/BR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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