Low Literacy Readers

Jakob Nielsen has anarticle on Low Literacy Users.

I think this might be very helpful for developmental writing students as well.

lower-literacy users can’t understand a text by glancing at it. They must read word for word and often spend considerable time trying to understand multi-syllabic words.

Then, there is this point:

lower-literacy users often simply pick the first hit on the list, even if it’s not the most appropriate for their needs.

This explains why sometimes students have a hard time finding sources.

I wonder how much this would apply to college composition courses:

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