Rome Wasnt Built in a Day: School Counsellors Perspectives of Teaching Children Mindfulness

Albrecht, N, BUCU, A and Ager, K 2018, 'Rome Wasnt Built in a Day: School Counsellors Perspectives of Teaching Children Mindfulness', Australian Counselling Research Journal, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 3-17.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Rome Wasnt Built in a Day: School Counsellors Perspectives of Teaching Children Mindfulness
Author(s) Albrecht, N
BUCU, A
Ager, K
Year 2018
Journal name Australian Counselling Research Journal
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Start page 3
End page 17
Total pages 15
Publisher Australian Counselling Research Journal
Abstract Across the globe mindfulness is taking a prominent role in a child's education. Research in this field is also expanding rapidly, but failing to keep pace with the practical implementation of mindfulness programs in schools. In the current study the authors address some of the research gaps - reporting on the experiences of two school counsellors introducing mindfulness to thirty-eight New Zealand elementary school students. The methodologies of Thematic Analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis were used to understand the children and counsellors' perspectives and experiences. Four super-ordinate themes captured the essence of how the school counsellors made sense of child-based mindfulness instruction: Support Factors; Facilitator Engagement; Motivation and Benefits of Sharing Mindfulness with Children; and Program Adaptions and Additions. A number of recommendations are suggested to help progress the research field and the practical implementation of mindfulness in schools.
Subject Health Counselling
Primary Education (excl. Maori)
Education Systems not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Mindfulness
School Counselling
Mindfulness Education
Copyright notice Copyright © 2018 Australian Counselling Research Journal
ISSN 1832-1135
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