
06617847
j
2016e.00998
Lesser, Lawrence
Wagler, Amy
Tools for assessing readability of statistics teaching materials.
J. Comput. Math. Sci. Teach. 35, No. 2, 153171 (2016).
2016
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
EN
U20
C50
K10
statistics
learning materials
instructional text
written instructional materials
readability tools
algebra
teaching
mathematics and language
text difficulty
content area reading
word problems
textbook analyses
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, CohMetrix 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 instructor's classtested 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.