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ERIC Number: ED131449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing the Difficulty of Reading Materials: The Noun Frequency Method.
Elley, Warwick B.
A simple, new method for determing the readability level of prose passages in reading material for children is described and discussed. The method, which assigns a value to each noun in selected passages on the basis of its frequency level on standard word-frequency charts, correlated highly in a number of studies with independent estimates of the difficulty of reading passages. Comparisons are made with other readability estimates, and strengths and weaknesses of the noun-frequency method are discussed. An appendix lists 2000 nouns graded by frequency of use. (AA)
Descriptors: Books, Childrens Literature, Elementary Secondary Education, Nouns, Prose, Readability, Reading Comprehension, Reading Material Selection
The Book Sales Service, NZCER, P.O. Box 3237, Wellington, New Zealand ($1NZ paper)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand