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ERIC Number: ED258185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Development and Validation of a Scale to Measure Metaphoric Complexity.
Congleton, Donna McKinley
A scale was developed and tested to measure metaphoric complexity in order to aid teachers in the selection and sequencing of young adult (YA) novels in the English curriculum. The development and testing of the scale involved two stages: (1) the development of a questionnaire to determine if differences in the metaphoric complexity of examples selected from YA novels were perceived by college educated readers, and (2) the testing of instrument reliability and the development of the metaphoric complexity scale from the responses of nine judges. Subsequently, three raters assessed the metaphoric complexity of 30 YA novels based on a scoring of five 250 word passages from each text. The grade levels of the novels were assessed on the basis of the Fry Readability Graph, and the two scores compared by a Spearman coefficient of correlation. The correlation was of low magnitude and not significant. Analysis of these data showed that, among the three raters, there was a high consistency in the application of metaphoric terminology, in the numerical values assigned individual occurrences of metaphoric language, and in the total metaphoric complexity estimates of the novels. (Author/HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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