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ERIC Number: ED174974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Readability of Magazines of Interest to Reading-Deficit Students.
Miller, Maurice; And Others
The reading abilities of low achieving high school students at two schools were compared to the readability levels of the magazines in which they showed interest. The median tested reading ability of these students was reported as third/fourth grade by their reading teachers. The reading specialist at one high school reported that boys had an interest in "Sports Illustrated" and motorcycle magazines, and that girls were interested in "True Stories" and modern romance magazines. In a survey conducted at the second school, 89 students listed 88 magazines that focused on cars/motorcycles, hunting/fishing, men's entertainment, fashion, women's interest, general interest/news, humor, teen-adult interest, sports, and teen interest. According to the Fry and Harris-Jacobson readability formulas, only three of the listed magazines had reading levels of seventh grade or below, which would make them suitable for the levels of problem readers. All the other magazines, even those expected to reach teenagers and students with lower reading levels, ranked above eighth grade reading levels. These results show that students with elementary reading skills are interested in popular magazines written above their reading levels, indicating that teachers could capitalize on these interests when developing reading curricula. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Study prepared at Indiana State University