Planting Seeds of Mindfulness During Teacher Preparation
Keywords:Stress reduction, Teacher education, Preservice teachers, Mindfulness, Coping, Quantitative Research
Mindful practices such as intentional breath and body awareness may benefit students in teacher education programs both in their present student roles and in their futures as educators. This mixed methods study included an 8-week online mindfulness intervention during the Spring of 2020. Quantitative data included pre- and post-questionnaires related to mindful awareness, perceived stress, resilience, and loneliness. Participants (n=16) provided weekly records of practice and attendance, and at the conclusion of the program, semi-structured interviews were conducted. Scores for mindful awareness and resilience significantly increased over the course of the program while perceived stress and loneliness decreased. A statistically significant, inverse correlation was observed between mindful awareness and perceived stress. Interview themes included that teacher education students felt their Self-Awareness and Social Connections were affected throughout the intervention. Noting aspects of transformative learning, participants also indicated an intention to integrate mindful practices into their future classrooms.
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