Sunday, September 29, 2013

Research on Classroom-Based Mindfulness Practice: How Do We Know It Works?


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I've noticed two interesting trends lately:

1. Classroom-based secular mindfulness programs are becoming increasingly popular.

2. The most common question seems to have changed from "What is mindfulness?" to "How do we know that it works?"
 




Fortunately, there's also an increasing amount of research.  So if you're not sure of the benefits of student mindfulness programs, or if you need to convince someone else (school board, parents, sponsors...) here are some studies I think you'll find useful:
 
"The Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Education Program on Pre- and Early Adolescents’ Well-Being and Social and Emotional Competence"
by Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl and Molly Stewart Lawlor
in the September 2010 issue of the journal Mindfulness

"Evaluating a Vermont School System’s ‘Mindfulness’ Program"
by Youth Catalytics


"Integrating Mindfulness Training into K-12 Education: Fostering the Resilience of Teachers and Students"

by John Meiklejohn, et al.
in the December 2012 issue of the journal Mindfulness

"Mindfulness-Based Approaches with Children and Adolescents: A Preliminary Review of Current Research in an Emergent Field"
by Christine A. Burke
in the April 2010 issue of the Journal of Child and Family Studies


"Nurturing Mindfulness in Children and Youth: Current State of Research"
by Mark T. Greenberg and Alexis R. Harris
in the June 2012 issue of Child Development Perspectives


You can find additional research at  

http://www.mindfuleducation.org/research.html 
and 
http://www.mindfulschools.org/about-mindfulness/research/#research

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related posts:

Benefits of Mindfulness Programs

A Still Quiet Place (recommended book)



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