Teaching mindfulness with children: Being a Mindful Role Model

Albrecht, N 2018, 'Teaching mindfulness with children: Being a Mindful Role Model', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, vol. 43, no. 10, pp. 1-23.


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Title Teaching mindfulness with children: Being a Mindful Role Model
Author(s) Albrecht, N
Year 2018
Journal name Australian Journal of Teacher Education
Volume number 43
Issue number 10
Start page 1
End page 23
Total pages 23
Publisher Social Science Press
Abstract Mindfulness is taking a preeminent role in today's education system. In the current study the author explored how experienced MindBody Wellness instructors make sense of teaching children mindfulness. The methodology of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis combined with autoethnography was used to interview eight teachers from the United States and Australia teaching children mindfulness. In this article, the author discusses findings related to the theme of Being a Mindful Role Model. Participants, on the whole, felt that someone looking to teach children mindfulness needs first to connect deeply with the practices. They felt this connection was an elemental foundation in becoming a mindful role model and teaching children mindfulness. The experienced mindfulness instructors also found that cultivating mindfulness with children is enhanced by the creation of a mindful school culture. A number of recommendations are suggested, including the establishment of MindBody Wellness and mindfulness teacher training courses at the university level.
Subject Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
DOI - identifier 10.14221/ajte.v43.n10.1
Copyright notice © 2018, Social Science Press
ISSN 0313-5373
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