Anneliese Worster

Professional Details

Title Chairperson
Department Childhood Education and Care
Office Sullivan Building 303B
Phone 978.542.7160
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

EDC 401 Introduction to Lesson Planning
EDC 705 Assessment and Instructional Practice
EDC 710 Fundamentals of Lesson Planning
EDC 715 Elementary Pre-practicum Seminar I
EDC 716 Elementary Full Time Pre-practicum
EDC 716A Elementary Pre-practicum I
EDC 716B Elementary Full Time Pre-practicum
EDC 741 Social Studies Methods in Elementary Grades
EDU 709 Instruction & Assessment in the Secondary Classroom
EDU 737 Applying Human Development to Teaching and Assessment
EDU 899 Social Studies Methods in Elementary School

Professional Biography

Anneliese Mueller Worster received her doctoral degree from the University of New Hampshire.  An environmental educator at heart, her research and teaching focuses on the role of sense of place in increasing civic engagement. Anneliese is committed to helping prepare future educators.In addition to teaching in the teacher preparation program, she is also an advocate for first year students.

Professional Interests

Place Based Education, Sustainability, Social Justice, Eco-Justice, Universal Design for Learning.


Chair of the Childhood Education and Care Department

Coordinator of Elementary Education

Teach Theories of Thinking and Learning

Facilitate First year seminar

Co-facilitate 4+1 elementary and early childhood field seminar

Develop on line/ hybrid courses using Canvas

Advise undergraduate and graduate students

Field Supervision

State reaccreditation preparation

Serve on departmental and college wide committees

Selected Publications

Worster, A. (2019). Responsive Environmental Education: Kaleidoscope of Places in the Anthropocene. In A. Cutter-Mackenzie, K. Malone, and E. Barratt-Hacking’s Springer International Handbooks of Education.Research Handbook on ChildhoodNature: Assemblages of Childhood and Nature Research. Germany: Springer International Publishing. 

Worster, A. (2017) Book Review:Sustainability Frontiers: Critical and Transformative Voices From the Borderlands of Sustainability Education. Journal of Environmental Education.

Worster, A. (2016). Riding the Waves of environmental-based education. Green Teacher, 111: 38-42.

Green, C., Kalvaitis, D. & Worster, A. (2016). Recontextualizing psychosocial development in young children: A model of environmental identity development.Environmental Education Research, 22 (7),  1025-1048. 

Worster, A & Ebersole,
M. (2007). Sense of place in teacher preparation course: Place based and standards based education:. Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin. 73(2): 19-24.

Worster, A. (2006).
I'm an East Coast kid: Surfing the spiritual waters of spirituality and place. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education. 11: 100-111.

Worster, A.. (2005). Sense of place among New England commercial fishermen and organic farmers: Implications for socially constructed environmental education. Environmental Education Research. 11(5):

Selected Presentations

Worster, A. and Rohde, L. (2018). Breaking out of academic silos to prepare teacher candidates to teach at the intersections of social studies standards, UDL, CRT, and civic engagement for social justice. National Council of Social Studies (NCSS) Annual conference-College University Faculty Assembly (CUFA), Chicago, IL.

Worster, A. (2017). Engaging New American children’s voices: EE research design and dilemmas. North American Association for Environmental Education. Puerto Rico (Moved on line due to Hurricane).

Worster, A. (2016). Increasing immigrant integration for ecological justice: Culturally responsive place-based education.North American Association for Environmental Education.  Madison, WI

Worster, A. (2016). Photo elicitation and phenomenological interviewing: New American youth place attachment . North American Association for Environmental Education Research Symposium.  Madison, WI.

Worster, A. (2016).New American place attachment:  Informing Culturally-Responsive Place-Based Education  College and Univeristy Faculty Assembly (CUFA) National Council for Social Studies Annual National Conference. Washington DC

Worster, A. and Ziakas, T. (2015). First Graders’ Social and ecological Responsibility: Inquiry Arc and texts. National Council for Social Studies Annual National Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Green, C. and Worster, A. (2015). Methods for Engaging Young Children as Active Researchers in EE. North American Association for Environmental Education Research Symposium.  San Diego, CA..

Worster, A. (2014). Fostering civic engagement among elementary school teacher candidates. National Council for Social Studies Annual National Conference, Boston, MA..

Worster, A. (2014). Elementary Education, environmental education, and the common core. North American Association for Environmental Education.  Ottawa, Canada.

Worster, A. (2013). Increasing Elementary Teacher Candidates' Engagement in Civic Duty. National Council for Social Studies Annual National Conference, St. Louis, MO. (Approximately 50% acceptance rate)

Worster, A. (2011).Children's Right to Ecological Literacy and Civic Responsibility: A Possible EducatonalPath .Association for Childhood Education International Annual Conference,New Orelans, LA.

Worster, A. (2010).Motivating Teacher Candidates to care about living sustainably . National Council for Social Studies Annual National Conference, Denver, CO.

Worster, A. (2009). Discussion increases student voice for service learning. NationalCouncil for Social Studies Annual National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Worster, A. And Hannon, J.(2008). Making Sense of Place in Backcountry Programming and Higher Education. New England Regional AEE(Association for Experiential Education) Conference , New Hampshire.

Worster, A. & Ebersole, M.(2007). Contextualizing curriculum: Integrating the local cultural and ecological landscape into teaching. Fifth Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education. Honolulu, HI.

Personal Interests

Surfing, Skiing (telemarking), Hiking