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ERIC Number: EJ943881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1539-2422
Bridges or Barriers: Analysis of Logodiversity in College Biology Textbooks
Burton, Rebecca S.
Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, v37 n1 p3-7 May 2011
When selecting a textbook, college instructors must weigh a variety of factors. One is whether the text is written at a level that is accessible to one's students. An important factor in this is how many technical words are used. I developed an index to calculate logodiversity, a term I coined that reflects the number of technical words and the usage frequency of those words. The college-level animal behavior textbooks I examined varied greatly in their logodiversity. A fairly reliable substitute for the more time-consuming calculation of logodiversity is the ratio of pages in the glossary to the number of pages in the text as a whole. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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