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Dr. Thomas R. Lord

Thomas Lord

Office: Weyandt 12
Telephone: 724-357-2484

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B.S. - 1965 Rutgers University
M.S. - 1969 Trenton State College
D.ED. - 1983 Rutgers University


Lower vascular and nonvascular plants, secondary and higher education, spatial aptitudes


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My academic interests have been in two major areas. First, my concern for the failing quality of contemporary education in this country has led to my serving on the advisory councils on outcomes assessment and on faculty development for the New Jersey Department of Higher Education and the committee on Standards in Teaching for the National Biology Teachers Association. I am also active in the Society for College Science Teachers where, over the years, I have served as Councilor at Large, national membership chairperson, vice president, and president. In addition, I have conducted several studies on effective teaching strategies at both the secondary and college levels. Much of this research has focused on the role spatial aptitude plays in science learning. This work has led to cooperative investigations with several premier cognitive theoreticians in the United States and England. A second area of interest centers on lower plants, particularly the Bryophytes and Pteridophytes. This involvement has led to several research studies and presentations at professional meetings on individuals in these groups and the publication of a book entitled The Ferns and Fern Allies of Pennsylvania.


Lord, T. 1999. A comparison between traditional and constructivist teaching in Environmental Science, The Journal of Environmental Education 30(3) 22-27.

Lord, T. 1999. Are we cultivating couch potatoes in our science lectures, Journal of College Science Teaching 28(7) 59-62.

Lord, T. & J. Garrison. 1998. Comparing spatial abilities of collegiate athletes in different sports, Perceptual and Motor Skills 86, 1016-1018.

Lord, T. & G, Nicely. 1998. Does spatial aptitude influence the science-math subject preference in children? Journal of Elementary Science Education 9 (2) 67-81.

Lord, T. 1998. Cooperative learning that really works in biology teaching, The American Biology Teacher 60(8), 580-587.

Lord, T. and M. Holland, 1997. Preservice secondary education majors and visual- spatial perception, Journal of Science Teacher Education 8.143-53.

Lord, T. & B. Leonard 1997. Comparing scores on spatial-perception tests for inter-collegiate athletes & nonathletes, Perceptual and Motor Skills 84. 299-306.

Lord, T. 1997. A comparison between traditional and constructivist teaching in General Biology, Innovative Higher Education 21(3) 197-216.

Lord, T. 1997. Collaborative Learning (Ch 2), in Siebert E., M. Caprio, & C. Lyda (EDs), Methods of Effective Teaching and Course Management Kendal Hunt Publishers.

Lord, T. 1997. Moving from teacher-centered to students -centered instruction, in M. Caprio (ED) From Traditional Approaches Toward Innovation SCST Monograph Series.

Lord, T. & J. Rupert, 1995. Visual-spatial Aptitude in Elementary Education Majors in Science and Math Tracks, Journal of Elementary Science Education 7(2) 47-59.

Lord, T. & T. PEARD. 1995. Scientist-teacher summer workshops can enhance constructivist views about science and science instruction, Education 115:3 445-448.

Lord, T. 1994. Using cooperative learning in the teaching of high school biology. Amer. Biol. Teacher , in press.

Lord, T. 1994. Using constructionism to enhance student learning in college biology. Journal of Science Teaching 23 (5): 346-348.

Lord, T. and R. Moses. 1994. College students opinions about animal dissection. J. Coll. Sci. Teaching 23(5): 267-270.

Lord, T. and J. Garner. 1993. The effects of music on Alzheimer patients. Perceptual and Motor Skills 76: 451-455.

Lord, T. and S. Marino. 1993. How university students view the theory of evolution. J. Coll. Sci. Teaching 22(6): 353-357.

Lord, T. and C. Rauscher. 1991. A sampling of basic life science literacy in a college population. Amer. Biol. Teacher 53(7): 419-424.

Lord, T. and K. Taylor. 1991. Monthly fluctuation and task concentration in female college students. Perceptual and Motor Skills 72:435-439.

Lord, T. 1990. Does the human body express a true lateral dominance? Amer. Biol. Teacher 52:340-343.

Lord, T. 1990. Enhancing learning in the sciences through spatial perception. Innovative Higher Education 15(l):5-16.

Lord, T. 1990. The importance of animal dissection. J. Coll. Sci. Teaching 14(6): 330-331.

Lord, T. and M. Kasprzak. 1989. Identification of self through olfaction. Perceptual and Motor Skills 69:219- 224.

Lord, T. 1988. Is the final grade in college biology a true indication of student knowledge? Contemp. Education 59:219-992.

Lord, T. 1988. Variations in the binary conception model in twinning. Amer. Biol. Teacher 50:434-441.

Boerner, R., T.R. Lord, and J.C. Peterson. 1988. Prescribed burning in the N.J. pine barrens: effects on growth and nutrient use efficiency of two oak species. Amer. Midl. Nat . 120:108-119.

  • Biology Department
  • Weyandt Hall, Room 114
    975 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705-1081
  • Phone: 724-357-2352
  • Fax: 724-357-5524
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.