ERIC Number: ED506404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar-10
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The Classic Readability Studies
DuBay, William H., Ed.
Early in the 20th century, educators began looking for scientific methods for matching texts with readers. Some of the best minds in education dedicated themselves to this task, including Edward L. Thorndike, William S. Gray, Ralph Tyler, Edgar Dale, Irving Lorge, and Jeanne S. Chall. The purpose of this book is to bring students of reading into contact with this introductory sample of the original articles, methods, and thinking of these educators. The work contains ten reprints of articles with introductions by the author. There are also short introductions to four other books. The articles reprinted here (all in the public domain) are the following: "Word Knowledge in the Elementary School? by Edward L. Thorndike, published November, 1921, in Teachers College Record. Vol. 22, No. 5, pp.334-370. "A Method for Measuring the 'Vocabulary Burden of Textbooks" by Bertha A. Lively and Sidney L. Pressey, published in 1923 in Educational Administration and Supervision, Vol. 9, pp. 389-398. "An Objective Method of Determining Grade Placement of Children's Reading Material" by Vogel, M. and C. Washburne, published in 1928 in Elementary School Journal, Vol. 28, pp. 373-381. "A Technique for Measuring the Vocabulary Burden of Textbooks" by W. W. Patty, and W. I. Painter, published in 1931 in Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 24, pp. 127-134. "The Reading Ability of Parents and Factors Associated with Reading Difficulty of Parent Education Materials" by Ralph J. Ojemann, published in 1934 in University of Iowa Studies in Child Welfare, Vol. 8, pp. 11-32 and 251-272. "A Study of the Factors Influencing the Difficulty of Reading Materials for Adults of Limited Reading Ability" by Edgar Dale and Ralph W. Tyler, published in 1934 in The Library Quarterly, Vol. 4, pp. 384-412. "Predicting Readability" by Irving Lorge, published March, 1944, published in Teachers College Record, Vol. 45, pp. 404-419. "A Formula for Predicting Readability" by Edgar Dale and Jeanne S. Chall, pub-lished January 21, 1948, in Educational Research Bulletin, Vol. 27, No.1, pp. 11-20, 28. "A Formula for Predicting Readability: Instructions by Edgar Dale and Jeanne S. Chall," published February 28, 1948, in Educational Research Bulletin, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 37-54. "A New Readability Yardstick" by Rudolf Flesh, published June, 1948, in Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 32. No. 3, pp. 221-233.
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Readability, Placement, Textbooks, Parent Education, Journal Articles, Elementary Schools, Reading Instruction, Vocabulary, Prediction, Readability Formulas, Reading Research, Adult Literacy, Reading Skills, Reading Processes, Measurement Techniques, Reading Tests, Educational History, Educational Assessment, Instructional Program Divisions, Reading Difficulties
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A