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Analysis of Text Difficulty in Lower-secondary Chemistry Textbooks

Abstract

The paper focuses on the procedure and results for analyzing text-difficulty in lower-secondary chemistry textbooks in the Czech Republic. The authors use established methodology for text-difficulty analysis by Nestler, adapted by Průcha and Pluskal by adding a second independent analyser to improve reliability. Some textbooks do not follow the expected trend of either text-difficulty coherence or increasing text-difficulty between books for the 8th and 9th grade. No trend in topic difficulty was found either. The results show that learning outcomes may differ significantly when different books are used, despite the fact they are supposed to support the same curriculum. For this reason, the results not only serve to support teachers when selecting a textbook, but also researchers as a starting point for lesson observations.

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The article was received on 03 Jun 2018, accepted on 07 Aug 2018 and first published on 07 Aug 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8RP00141C
Citation: Chem. Educ. Res. Pract., 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Analysis of Text Difficulty in Lower-secondary Chemistry Textbooks

    M. Rusek and K. Vojíř, Chem. Educ. Res. Pract., 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8RP00141C

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