Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University


This September, at a conference dinner following two days of interdisciplinary presentations, an environmental scientist seated next to me bemoaned the fact that she could not “get them to talk.” Nobody questioned that the “them” was students, and a sociologist at the table chimed in that her students were also apparently disinclined toward interaction. As nearly everyone at the table taught at a regional comprehensive university, this invited an opportunity to discuss an in class pedagogical methodology that I have developed and found to be extremely successful in stimulating student participation: “The News of the Week.”