Developing the news habit in the introductory american government course

Daniel F. Detzner

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Instructors in the introductory American government course should consider the daily/weekly news gathering habits of their students when planning the course. Like the adult population as a whole, many college students are not well informed about current political events and participants. It is possible to restructure the course to emphasize the value of developing a daily “news habit, ” while continuing to survey traditional American government course materials. Student surveys reveal significant increases in daily/weekly “news habits” as a result of new techniques introduced in the course, with the largest improvement occurring in daily newspaper reading.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-184
Number of pages8
JournalTeaching Political Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982

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