Department Name 
Teacher Education

Office Location 
Memorial Hall 102G
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

William  Guthrie

Academic Background

Ph.D., Education, New York University, 1975
M.A., Science - Physics, Trenton State College, 1960
B.S., Science and Mathematics Education, 1957

Selected Publications

Knowing Good Schools; a guide to rating public high schools. 2001 (Co-authored with Dorothy Warner) Westport, CT.: Bergin & Garvey (Greenwood Publishing Group).

A series of four instructional videos on the Lenape Indians of New Jersey. Afton, Co. Distributors. 1998-2002 Lenap Musical Instruments; Lenape Food; Lenape Shelter; Lenape Hunters.

"Making Science Meaningful to Students: Inquiry-based Teaching-Learning." SELECTions/July 2000.

Selected Presentations

On Teaching and Learning (Five day workshop) for Basic Schools teachers in Jamaica, W.I. 2004

"New Jersey Lenape." Mercer County Community College's Distinguished Lecture, 2004

"The New Jersey Lenape," A curriculum and instruction workshop presented to third grade teachers of the Flemington-Rarita school district, September, 2000.

"Lenape Games and Music before Atlantic City," a presentation for the Pinelands Short Course, Rutgers University, 2000.

"Inquiry Development: current practice and theory," Paper presented at the New Jersey Science Convention, 1999.

"Native American Storytelling: Stories from Long Ago." Beneficial Corporation's InThink, 1997.

Current Research Agenda

Based on a grant from SELECT (the project to develop inquiry teaching/learning at Rider), research and development of the course SED 410 Teaching Science in Secondary Schools is well underway.

Research and filming has been completed for a 5th vido in the Lenape series.

Research and writing has been completed (with K. Merzena) on a resource book for school teachers and students on the New Jersey Lenape. The book is to be published by the Afton Publishing Co.

These two research and developments target:

  • inquiry instruction/learning in science and mathematics
  • materials for teaching/learning about the New Jersey Lenape

Academic Honors and Awards

1997 Election to Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars
1993 Award for Outstanding Service to the New Jersey Academy of Science
1982 Educational Opportunity Program Award in Recognition of Outstanding Service, Rider College
1975 Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching, Rider College
1973 Elected Fellow, New Jersey Science Teachers Association

Kappa Delta Phi Honor Society, Trenton State College 1957, Rider University 2004

Professional Activities

New Jersey Science Teacher Association (Fellow, 1973), member.
American Educational Research Association, member.
National Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (National Leadership Conference and State Representative 1982-1984).
New Jersey Council of Education (Executive Committee 1989-1990), member.
New Jersey Academy of Science (Executive Committee & Director of Grants-In-Aid 1985-1996).
New Jersey Association of Teacher Educators, member.
Phi Delta Kappa, Trenton Area Chapter (Faculty Advisor Emeritus, National Delegate, Chapter President, Chapter Founding Member), member.
Science Coalition of New Jersey (President 1998-2000).
Society of Primitive Technology, member.

Courses Taught

SED 370 Teaching in High School
SED 410/415 Teaching Science/Mathematics in Secondary Schools
EDU 465 Student Teaching (Supervisor, Seminar Leader)
LIB 200 Introduction to Liberal Studies