ERIC Number: ED159627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Teachers' Abilities to Judge the Difficulty of Reading Materials.
Miller, John W.; Marshall, Frances W.
To determine whether experienced reading teachers are better able than individuals with little training and teaching experience to make judgments about the difficulty level of learning materials and to discover if they differ in evaluating criteria for making such judgments, a study was conducted involving 100 subjects. The subjects were placed into four groups reflecting a continuum of training and teaching experience from undergraduate students to reading specialists, and were asked to evaluate six reading passages representing difficulty levels from grades one through six. A questionnaire was also administered to determine the importance of three criteria for judging difficulty level. The results indicated that there was no difference between the judgmental ability of experienced reading teachers and undergraduates with no training or teaching experience. The questionnaire results suggested that experienced teachers simply placed a high value on all three criteria for judging difficulty levels and displayed no differential strategy for judging based on the importance of any one factor. These findings indicate that teachers may have problems making the critical match between student and reading material and that teacher training programs are inadequate in this area and need to be changed. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (23rd, Houston, Texas, May 1-5, 1978) ; Best copy available