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Thomas N. Turner, Ed.D.


I believe that teachers ought to be creative, involved, dramatic problem solvers and communicators, and that belief is the heart of my teaching and work. I believe that teaching itself is half stage craft and enthusiasm, half story telling and knowledge, half planning and hard work, and three fourths inspiration, human relationships, and caring about others. The math may be advanced, but anyone who does not think that adds up just does not know anything about teaching.

I started my own teaching in a self contained sixth grade class in Lockland, Ohio. I moved from there to teach sixth, seventh, and eighth grade social studies and English. In 1966 I went to The Pennsylvania State University where I completed both a masters degree and my doctorate. Since 1970, I have been teaching at the University of Tennessee.

Tennessee has enabled me to take on a rich variety of projects. One of the most exciting of these was directing the Elementary-Middle School Lyndhurst Program, an alternative teacher education program for non traditional students from 1987 to 2002. I was also privileged to edit the journal Of the Tennessee Association of Middle Schools from 1996-2001. I have also been fortunate enough to write a couple of children's books and have them published.

Currently I am coordinating the doctoral program in the department and teaching a variety of graduate courses including courses in creative teaching, drama and storytelling in teaching, social science education, and trends and issues in education.

Recent Publications

Turner, Thomas N. (2005). Book Talks: Generating Interest in Good Reading.
Social Education.
69 No. 4 (May/June) p. 195-8.

Turner, Thomas N. (2005). Book Talks in Colonial Williamsburg: Exploring History-2006.
CD Rom. Williamsburg, VA: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Turner, Thomas N., Wooten, D. and Broemmel, A. (2004). History through many eyes: Ten strategies for building understanding of time concepts with historical picture books. Childhood Education. 81, 1 (Fall) 20-4.

Turner, Thomas N. (2004). Dr. Suess goes to middle school. Becoming. 13, 1 (Spring,) 29-30.

Turner, Thomas N. (2004). Essentials of Elementary Social Studies. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Turner, Thomas N. (2004). A Country Music Night Before Christmas. Gretna, LA: Pelican.

Turner, Thomas N. (2004). Critical thinking scenarios: Cross curriculum ideas for teaching critical thinking. TAMS Journal. 30 (Spring) 15-19.

Turner, Thomas N. (2003). “Puppets to put the whole world in their hands.” (Spring). International Journal of the Social Studies.


Contact Information

Dr. Thomas N. Turner
Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
Social Science Education
Middle School Education Elementary Education
Teacher Education

A222 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, Tennessee

Phone: 865-974-4230
Fax: 865-974-6302

Contact the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

A204 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, Tennessee

Phone: 865-974-6228
Fax: 865-974-6302