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Publication Date


Document Type

Class Project

Study Type

ENV 201/202


Environmental Science and Policy


Heather Rosenfeld


education, environment, educator, curriculum, nature, outdoors, teach, learning, environmental justice, place-based education


Research has shown that providing ample opportunity for children to go outside and interact with the outdoors increases cognitive, social, and emotional well-being (Bento and Dias 2017). But do curriculums really allow for this type of learning? In an attempt to understand what restrictions educators might have that prevent them from incorporating environmental education into their curriculum, we looked through documents published by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


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