ERIC Number: ED249940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-17
Reference Count: N/A
Designing Text for Information Processing. Technical Report 86.
Drawing from the conclusions of research studies by linguists and psychologists, this paper describes four classes of principles for constructing readable prose for both print materials and computer screens: (1) global principles dealing with a schema-theory approach to discourse type, with topical focus, and with parallelism; (2) sentence-level principles pertaining to verbal style, noun strings, conditional statements, right branching, negatives, active voice, and pronoun deletion; (3) word-level principles pertaining to length, frequency, and concreteness; and (4) graphics principles dealing with space, lines, and highlighting. Examples are offered of how these principles might be applied to the design of instructional materials or to teaching methods. Fifty-five references are listed. (Author/LMM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.