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Aspects of Readability in the Social Studies


reviewed by Dorthy McClure Fraser - 1954

coverTitle: Aspects of Readability in the Social Studies
Author(s): Eleanor M. Peterson
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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There is no doubt that the problems of providing textbooks that secondary school students can read, and helping them develop reading skills that will enable them to read successfully the text materials they have, are of first importance in the social studies and in other subjects studied in the American high school. Peterson's research study focuses on two aspects of readability—the logical organization of material, and "interest." These characteristics of textual materials have long been recognized as essential by specialists in reading and in social studies education, although less objective research has been devoted to them than to such factors as vocabulary level and sentence length. The author has taken two passages of 1,000 words each from a widely used world history textbook—one treating feudalism and the other imperialism—and has rewritten each one twice—once for the purpose of improving organization and once for the purpose of increasing the "interest" of the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 56 Number 2, 1954, p. 118-118
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4766, Date Accessed: 9/21/2021 9:27:45 AM

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