Educators face high levels of stress in their work, and previous research suggests that educators can utilize mindfulness practices to cope with stressful situations. The purpose of this research study was to determine the impact of mindfulness training on educators’ psychological well-being, resilience, and job satisfaction. An additional purpose was to determine participants’ perceptions of the impact of mindfulness training and the supports they felt were necessary for implementing a mindfulness practice successfully. Participants were education professionals who completed a 6-week mindfulness training program with Mindful Schools, either in 2016 or in 2020. The researchers used a questionnaire to collect data related to participants’ psychological well-being, resilience, and job satisfaction and conducted interviews to collect data related to participants’ perceptions of the Mindful Schools training program. The findings revealed a statistically significant increase in educators’ psychological well-being (d = .65), resilience (d = .63), and job satisfaction (d = .48) after completing the mindfulness training. The findings did not reveal any significant difference between participants’ levels of psychological well-being, resilience, and job satisfaction between the group that completed training in 2016 and the group that completed training in 2020. Participants’ perceptions of the mindfulness training program were positive, and participants identified several supports they felt would enhance their ability to implement mindfulness practices, including administrative support, accessibility, and community.
|Commitee:||Hebert, Trace, Hoggatt, Deborah, Mofield, Emily|
|Department:||Learning Organizations and Strategic Change|
|School Location:||United States -- Tennessee|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Educational administration, Mental health, Labor relations, Behavioral psychology|
|Keywords:||Job satisfaction, Mindfulness training, Psychological well-being, Employee resilience, Work related stress, Mindful Schools program|
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