Document (#16551)

Author
Lantz, C.
Title
Evaluating the readability of instructional visuals
Source
Publishing research quarterly. 12(1996) no.1, S.31-50
Year
1996
Abstract
Text readability has developed from a crude means to classify subjective judgement on text characteristics, to a more theoretical position which compares these attributes with learner characteristics. Visual readbaility may be following a similar evolutionary path to that of text readabiblity. Develops a Picture Readability Index (PRI) which utilizes an interdisciplinary battery of methods adapted from the fields of linguistics, reading, and cognitive psychology. The PRI is designed to assess the readability of instructional illustrations, readability referring to the success of the image as defined by its abjective or caption. Images can be readable in the sense that they inspire cognitive and affective processing. Photographs with low readability inspire reactions that do not go beyond initial first glance responses. Describes a pilot test of the instrument to determine which type of information would be the most valuable for textbook adoption decisions

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