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ERIC Number: ED148436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 11
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Readability Levels and Faculty Attitudes Toward Community College Social Science Textbooks.
Bertalan, John J.
Two brief studies on community college social science textbook readability are compiled in this document. The first study compared textbook readability in 1977 to the findings of previous research. When the readability levels of community college social science textbooks were compared with the reading levels of the community college population in 1970, it was discovered that at least half of the textbooks were written at levels inappropriate to the 12.44 reading grade level of the students. However, readability research conducted in 1977 indicated that reading levels in social science texts had been generally lowered to the 10th grade level, making them more readable to community college populations than five or ten years ago. In a second study, a survey of community college social science instructors concerning appropriate reading levels in their assigned textbooks indicated divided opinion among the 25 respondents on whether the individual teacher or departmental concensus should determine textbook selection, but all felt that textbook readability grade placement levels should be made available to textbook selectors and most wanted student reading grade placement level information prior to the start of each semester. The questionnaire and tabulated results are included. (LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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