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Measuring the Readability of Children's Trade Books [microform] / Helen M. Popp and Douglas Porter
Bib ID 5293487
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Popp, Helen M
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1975 
133 p. 
Summary

In order to utilize interesting children's trade books in a systematic reading program, two readability formulas were devised based on a selection of children's trade books. Children's scores on selections from these books and judges' rankings were compared. The judges' decisions were considered to be highly credible and were used as the criterion measure. Correlations are reported between 23 textual variables and the criterion. Two readability formulas based on these variables are discussed: one based on a regression analysis that included publisher and linguistic variables (Formula P) and one that included only the linguistic variables (Formula L). Formula P uses words per page and impersonal pronouns plus third person personal pronouns per sentence in the regression equation and correlates .819 with the judges' summed rankings on 50 books. Formula L uses words over seven letters long per sentence and impersonal pronouns plus third person personal pronouns per sentence in the regression equation and correlates .718 with reading difficulty as determined by judges' rankings on 50 books. The books used are listed by title and author, and the judges summed rankings and the regression formulae rankings are given. Grade level scores were not considered appropriate to be assigned. (MKM)

Notes

Sponsoring Agency: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.

Educational level discussed: Primary Education.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Books.  |  Childrens Literature.  |  Cloze Procedure.  |  Individual Reading.  |  Measurement Instruments.  |  Primary Education.  |  Readability.  |  Reading Comprehension.  |  Reading Level.  |  Reading Material Selection.  |  Reading Materials.  |  Reading Skills.
Form/genre Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors Porter, Douglas, author  |  Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Education
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