Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The role of mindfulness in education from an elementary teacher's perspective
by Forward, Anna, M.A., Mills College, 2012, 66; 1510988
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study was to discover how mindfulness practices and teachings influence a student's experience in an elementary classroom environment from the teacher's perspective. The organization Mindful Schools was used as an example of structured mindfulness teachings. This curriculum involved direct training of classroom teachers in mindfulness and direct instruction of mindfulness with grades 3 and 4. This study examined teachers' perceptions of mindfulness training on students' emotions, social relationships, and academic performance. School can be stressful and anxiety-producing which can interfere with children's abilities to be academically successful and attentive. Meditation can be a tool to relieve stress and anxiety. Using grounded theory methodology, interviews of classroom teachers were analyzed for themes that relate to children's stress as seen in their behaviors, and changes in teacher's practice.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kroll, Linda, Shimpi, Priya M.
Commitee: Kroll, Linda, Perez, Linda
School: Mills College
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Neurosciences, Elementary education, Educational psychology
Keywords: Elementary, Intervention, Mindfulness, Qualitative, Reflection, Teacher
Publication Number: 1510988
ISBN: 9781267361561
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