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A Return

to the Farm

“Only Connect!… Live in fragments no longer."

                         – E. M. Forster, Howards End

In 2004, Brooke Redmond completed her thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies Program At Lesley University in

Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A Return to the Farm:
Educational Theory and Program Development
in Alternative Learning Environment

This thesis is a project-based exploration of the development of an educational program in an alternative learning environment. 

Non-classroom-based learning environments provide essential opportunities to students that can’t always be found in a classroom.  Through research, field studies and surveys, an outline of options was developed for the implementation of educational programming on Appleton Farms, a working farm north of Boston managed by The Trustees of Reservations. 

A farm-based program was chosen to represent a particular kind of alternative learning environment. This program was designed to promote responsible and sustainable behavior and encourage life-long connections in students to themselves, to their community, and to the world around them. Dig on for Victory!


Source: Public Record Office. London, England

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