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ERIC Number: ED200925
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
The Readability of College Textbooks, 1954-1979.
Bent, Joanne
A study investigated the readability levels of different editions of six college textbooks published in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s ("A History of Civilization,""Government by the People,""Economics,""Introduction to Modern Business,""Introduction to Psychology," and "Pscyhology"). The study also compared the number of pages and chapters appearing in the various editions of the textbooks over the years. The results showed that the textbooks published in the 1950s had smaller print, more pages, and more print per page. They also used longer words and more words per sentence and little color or illustrations and maps. The books of the 1960s had less print per page and more margin space than did those of the 1950s. The books published in the 1970s used larger print, shorter sentences and shorter, easier words. They also used more maps, glossaries, and illustrations than did the earlier books. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M. A. Thesis, Kean College of New Jersey.