id: 06617847
dt: j
an: 2016e.00998
au: Lesser, Lawrence; Wagler, Amy
ti: Tools for assessing readability of statistics teaching materials.
so: J. Comput. Math. Sci. Teach. 35, No. 2, 153-171 (2016).
py: 2016
pu: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE),
Waynesville, NC
la: EN
cc: U20 C50 K10
ut: statistics; learning materials; instructional text; written instructional
materials; readability tools; algebra; teaching; mathematics and
language; text difficulty; content area reading; word problems;
textbook analyses
ci:
li:
ab: Summary: This article provides tools and rationale for instructors in math
and science to make their assessment and curriculum materials (more)
readable for their students. The tools discussed (MSWord, LexTutor,
Coh-Metrix TEA) are readily available linguistic analysis applications
that present readily interpretable results, but are grounded in current
linguistic analysis theory. This manuscript illustrates (using the
discipline of statistics and an instructorâ€™s class-tested experience
for concrete context) how the results of the applications can be used
to improve readability and comprehension of difficult instructional
text, a change which is particularly important for teaching highly
conceptual topics and educating students not fully prepared for
academic instruction. With minimal time commitment, instructors using
these tools can create materials that are noticeably more accessible to
students, thus yielding a good return on investment.
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