ERIC Number: ED116127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Readability of Freshmen College Textbooks in the Social Sciences as Compared to the Reading Ability of Students Who Use Them. A Pilot Study.
The subjects for this study were 81 freshman students who were taking courses in the social sciences at Herbert H. Lehman College in New York. A Nelson Denny Reading Test showed their average reading grade level to be 10.4 Twenty-three books in the social science areas were selected for appraisal, using such procedures as the application of a readability formula for ascertaining the reading grade level of the books and the estimation of the relative difficulty of the books by the students using them. The grade level placements of the textbooks were obtained from the Smog formula, the estimates of two reading teachers, and the estimates of the instructors whose books were being used. It was concluded that only four of the twenty-four books were on the freshman level. Of the remaining twenty books, seven were on the fourteenth level, five were on the fifteenth grade level, six were on the sixteenth level, and two were on the seventeenth level. It was recommended that a coordinated effort be made to help these students by developing a full year's course of special help in reading and study skills and that instructors use supplementary aids for teaching the subject matter. (TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, Bronx, NY. Herbert H. Lehman Coll.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Nelson Denny Reading Tests