Emotioncy: A Potential Measure of Readability


Reza PISHGHADAM , Hannaneh ABBASNEJAD


Abstract

Given the deficiencies of readability formulae as reliable tools for measuring text readability in educational settings, this study aims to offer a new measure to improve the current methods of testing the readability levels of texts through the incorporation of the newly-developed concept of emotioncy. To this end, a group of 221 students were selected from the 2nd to 4th grades of an elementary school. They were given a passage from a 5th grade textbook whose readability was measured by Flesch and Fog indices. The students were asked to fill out an 8-item emotioncy scale along with a difficulty-finding item. One-way ANOVA and correlational analysis were used to analyze the data. Findings indicated that learners’ comprehension increases as a result of an increase in their emotioncy levels. In the end, the results were discussed and some suggestions were made to employ emotioncy in measuring readability.


Keywords

Readability, emotioncy, exvolvement, avolvement.

Paper Details

Paper Details
Topic Elementary Education
Pages 109 - 123
Issue IEJEE, Volume 9, Issue 1
Date of acceptance 24 September 2016
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Author(s) Details

Reza PISHGHADAM

Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran


Hannaneh ABBASNEJAD

Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran


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