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Bansiong, Apler J. – Cogent Education, 2019
Textbooks remain as major learning aids in all levels of education worldwide. Thus, textbooks must constantly be subjected to critical analysis in order to establish their curricular usefulness. This paper analyzed four commercial science textbooks designed for third grade Filipino learners. The four textbooks were analyzed according to…
Descriptors: Readability, Content Analysis, Textbook Content, Science Education
Crossley, Scott A.; Allen, David B.; McNamara, Danielle S. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2011
Texts are routinely simplified for language learners with authors relying on a variety of approaches and materials to assist them in making the texts more comprehensible. Readability measures are one such tool that authors can use when evaluating text comprehensibility. This study compares the Coh-Metrix Second Language (L2) Reading Index, a…
Descriptors: Readability, Readability Formulas, Word Processing, Psycholinguistics
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Flint, Kaitlyn; Spaulding, Tammie J. – Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 2021
Purpose: The readability and comprehensibility of Learner's Permit Knowledge Test practice questions and the relationship with test failure rates across states and the District of Columbia were examined. Method: Failure rates were obtained from department representatives. Practice test questions were extracted from drivers' manuals and department…
Descriptors: Correlation, Readability Formulas, Reading Comprehension, Difficulty Level
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Gallagher, Tiffany; Fazio, Xavier; Ciampa, Katia – Canadian Journal of Education, 2017
Science curriculum standards were mapped onto various texts (literacy readers, trade books, online articles). Statistical analyses highlighted the inconsistencies among readability formulae for Grades 2-6 levels of the standards. There was a lack of correlation among the readability measures, and also when comparing different text sources. Online…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Readability, Textbooks, Science Education
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Kasule, Daniel – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2011
This paper reports activities (as part of a university course in language teacher education on teaching reading) in which primary school student teachers (all ESL in-service teacher trainees) explored their own skills of determining textbook readability using an online software tool and a cloze test completed by two hundred and seventy-eight Grade…
Descriptors: Readability, Textbooks, Textbook Content, English (Second Language)
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Crossley, Scott A.; Skalicky, Stephen; Dascalu, Mihai; McNamara, Danielle S.; Kyle, Kristopher – Discourse Processes: A multidisciplinary journal, 2017
Research has identified a number of linguistic features that influence the reading comprehension of young readers; yet, less is known about whether and how these findings extend to adult readers. This study examines text comprehension, processing, and familiarity judgment provided by adult readers using a number of different approaches (i.e.,…
Descriptors: Reading Processes, Reading Comprehension, Readability, Adults
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Albino, Gabriel – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
The present study investigates how learners of English as a foreign language (EFL) improve the readability of their texts in an explicit genre-based approach that is utilized in an oil and gas exploration workplace in Angola. By drawing on the English for Specific Purposes and Systemic Functional Linguistics genre traditions, the study engages 18…
Descriptors: Readability, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Janan, Dahlia; Wray, David – Malaysian Journal of Learning and Instruction, 2014
Purpose: The purpose of the study is to review readability formulae and offer a critique, based on a comparison of the grading of a variety of texts given by six well-known formulae. Methodology: A total of 64 texts in English were selected either by or for native English speaking children aged between six and 11 years. Each text was assessed…
Descriptors: Readability Formulas, Readability, Accuracy, Word Frequency
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Burton, Rebecca S. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2014
Textbooks are required in most introductory college science courses, but students may not be benefitting from the textbooks as much as their instructors might hope. Word use in the textbooks may influence textbook effectiveness. I tested whether either the amount of technical vocabulary or the readability had a significant effect on students'…
Descriptors: Textbooks, College Science, Readability, Textbook Content
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Walkington, Candace; Clinton, Virginia; Shivraj, Pooja – American Educational Research Journal, 2018
The link between reading and mathematics achievement is well known, and an important question is whether readability factors in mathematics problems are differentially impacting student groups. Using 20 years of data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, we examine how…
Descriptors: Readability, Word Problems (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving
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Mandic, Carmen Gomez; Rudd, Rima; Hehir, Thomas; Acevedo-Garcia, Dolores – Journal of Special Education, 2012
This study focused on literacy-related barriers to understanding the rights of students with disabilities and their parents within the special education system. SMOG readability scores were determined for procedural safeguards documents issued by all state departments of education. The average reading grade level was 16; 6% scored in the high…
Descriptors: Readability, Disabilities, Special Education, Barriers
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Taylor, Zachary W. – Journal of College Access, 2020
Advancements in computational linguistics have allowed educational researchers to examine large amounts of text and assess the reading difficulty of that text for speakers whose first language is English (L1), and speakers whose first language is not English (L2). Considering L2 students exploring higher education, extant research suggests these…
Descriptors: College Admission, Readability, Native Speakers, English Language Learners
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Bonabi, Mina Abbasi; Lotfipour-Saedi, Kazem; Hemmati, Fatemeh; Jafarigohar, Manoochehr – Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research, 2018
According to discoursal views on language, variations in textualization strategies are always sociocontextually motivated and never happen at random. The textual forms employed in a text, along with many other discoursal and contextual factors, could certainly affect the readability of the text, making it more or less processable for the same…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Academic Discourse, Statistical Analysis, Applied Linguistics
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Reed, Deborah K.; Kershaw-Herrera, Sarah – Journal of Experimental Education, 2016
To better understand dimensions of text complexity and their effect on the comprehension of adolescents, 103 high school seniors were randomly assigned to 4 groups. Each group read versions of the same 2 informational passages and answered comprehension test items targeting factual recall and inferences of causal content. Group A passages had a…
Descriptors: High School Seniors, Reading Materials, Difficulty Level, Readability
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Sinha, Manjira; Basu, Anupam – Education and Information Technologies, 2016
In this work, we have investigated text readability in Bangla language. Text readability is an indicator of the suitability of a given document with respect to a target reader group. Therefore, text readability has huge impact on educational content preparation. The advances in the field of natural language processing have enabled the automatic…
Descriptors: Indo European Languages, Readability, Foreign Countries, Computation
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