The effect of print size on reading rate for adults and children

Lovie-Kitchin, Jan E., Oliver, Nelson J., Bruce, Adrian, Leighton, Michelle S., & Leighton, Wendy K. (1994) The effect of print size on reading rate for adults and children. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 77(1), pp. 2-7.


Print size is one of the numerous factors affecting reading rate. The purpose of this study was to investigate the print sizes which give maximum reading rates for adults and children. Using a forced scrolling technique to move the reading material and a constant field size of 15 characters, a print size of 0.5 logMAR (N8 at 320 mm) produced maximum reading rate for children in Year 3 at school and for adults. These findings suggest that provided visual acuity is normal, there is no reason for Year 3 children to need larger print than that normally read by adults.

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ID Code: 5649
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: reading, adults, children, reading rate, print size
ISSN: 0816-4622
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1994 Optometrists Association Australia
Deposited On: 15 Jan 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 07:16

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