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Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

The Effects of a Peer-Supported Mindfulness Practice on Teacher Stress Reduction

Available from: St. Catherine University

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this action research project was to measure the effects of daily mindfulness practice with peer-support on teacher stress reduction. Nine female Montessori teachers participated in study and taught at private Montessori schools in suburban or rural settings. The participating teachers practiced a short mindfulness activity daily such as the body scan, sitting meditation, yoga, or mandala coloring and wrote reflections in their daily journal for four weeks. The teachers also participated in a weekly peer support group for community building and wrote reflections in their weekly journal. The teachers participated in a pre- and post- intervention stress questionnaire and attitude scale. A majority of the teachers in this study showed a decrease in teacher stress and an increase in positive attitudes towards colleague support and school climate. The majority of the teachers also shared mindfulness with their students, and the overall results were positive. Further studies should consider whether mindfulness or community building was the more effective intervention in reducing teacher stress.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2018

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Mindfulness and its Effects on Self-Regulation in a Lower Elementary Classroom

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research, Lower elementary, Mindfulness, Montessori method of education

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this action research was to determine the effect of a variety of mindfulness activities and exercises on self-regulation. Twenty-eight students from a lower elementary class of first, second, and third graders in a public Montessori school participated in the study. Data was collected over a period of six weeks using an on task behavior tally sheet, productivity scoring rubric, observational notes, behavior logs, self-assessments, student feedback, and an auditory following directions matrix. Results show a promising association between mindfulness and self-regulation. All students enjoyed partaking in mindfulness and reported positive associations with the intervention and showed increases in multiple measures. Improvements were observed in productivity, behavior, listening and following directions, and focus to include a decrease in the amount of disruptive behaviors. The data shows that mindfulness can be integrated into the classroom to assist students socially, emotionally and academically. Further research should be conducted to validate these results.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2018

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Effects of Mindfulness Strategies on Student Self-Regulation Skills in Primary and Elementary Students

Available from: St. Catherine University

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of mindfulness-based interventions, such as the MindUP curriculum and Exercises of Practical Life, on primary and elementary aged students’ self-regulation skills. This study consisted of a sample size of 38 students from three different Montessori environments. The data was collected over a period of four weeks using a pre and post parent assessment, observational field notes and tally sheets, and a behavioral student self-assessment tool. Results show a connection between the mindfulness interventions implemented and the children’s ability to self-regulate their behaviors and emotions. The data shows positive effects on student self-regulatory skills and it can be integrated into the classroom to facilitate student academic achievement. Our recommendation for future research is to allow for more time to conduct the study.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2019

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

The Impact of a Social Justice-Oriented Mindfulness Practice on the Self-Efficacy of an Early Childhood Montessori Teacher

Available from: St. Catherine University

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this action research was to explore how a social justice-oriented mindfulness practice would impact the self-efficacy of an early childhood educator. This self-study, with the researcher as the sole participant, took place over a six-week period while the researcher was working in a private Montessori school in the Northeastern United States in a classroom of 20 students aged 3-5. The intervention included breathwork; both walking and seated meditation paired with articles, essays, interviews, and poetry relevant to social justice; meditation; and mindfulness. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected through reflective journaling, a record of feelings scale, an attitude scale, and a pre- and post-intervention survey. While the data did not reflect any substantial impact with regards to teacher self-efficacy, the study was transformative in many ways. The intervention resulted in a deeper understanding of social inequities and a heightened sense of self-reflection. A more focused and comprehensive selection of content relevant to equity in the educational setting would likely have allowed for a more guided learning experience. Additionally, community organized events and workshops relevant to this work could play a crucial role in encouraging the need and responsibility to take action in establishing more equitable schools.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2020

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Effects of Mindfulness on Teacher Stress and Self-Efficacy

Available from: St. Catherine University

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Abstract/Notes: Teachers experience high levels of stress due to the demands of their profession. The purpose of this study is to determine if mindfulness and meditation have an effect on stress levels and self-efficacy. The researcher-participants were two female teachers in public schools. Five days a week for four weeks, the participants practiced mindfulness activities from a curated list including Body Scan, Meditation, Breathing, Yoga, and Journaling.. The participants detailed their stress levels before and after the intervention each day and weekly through different means of data collection. The study used pre- and post-intervention questionnaires, daily journals, and weekly questionnaires to track stress levels. The intervention findings show an overall decrease in stress, one participant’s self-efficacy improved, and the other participant’s self-efficacy decreased. Future research should consider a more varied participant base, a longer period of intervention, a control and experimental group, and other forms of data collection.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2020

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Increasing Student Motivation in a Foreign Language Classroom Through Mindfulness

Available from: St. Catherine University

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this study was to explore how mindfulness practices help increase motivation in high school students in a foreign language classroom. This study was conducted at a small school in an urban area in Texas. Nineteen students between the ninth and tenth grades were the participants in this research. The data collection included a pre and post motivational questionnaire that helped identify how motivated the students felt in the classroom. Data was collected on each participant through weekly self-assessments. The results of this action research showed that the implementation of mindfulness practices helped to increase the motivation of the students in the high school Spanish class. The action research project was conducted at the beginning of the second semester of the school year with a duration of four weeks.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2020

Article

Mindfulness in the Montessori Home: Mindful Parenting

Publication: Montessori Voices [Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand], no. 78

Pages: 8–10

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Language: English

ISSN: 1178-6213, 2744-662X

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Mindfulness Practices in Education: Montessori's Approach

Available from: Springer Link

Publication: Mindfulness, vol. 2, no. 2

Pages: 78-85

Maria Montessori - Philosophy, Mindfulness, Montessori method of education - Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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Abstract/Notes: Mindfulness training has had salutary effects with adult populations and it is seen as a potentially helpful to children’s development. How to implement mindfulness practices with young children is not yet clear; some meditation practices, like sitting still for long periods with internally-self-regulated focused attention, seem developmentally inappropriate. Montessori schooling is a 100-year-old system that naturally incorporates practices that align with mindfulness and are suited to very young children. Here I describe how several aspects of Montessori education, including privileging concentrated attention, attending to sensory experience, and engaging in practical work, parallel mindfulness practices. These aspects might be responsible for some of the socio-emotional and executive function benefits that have been associated with Montessori education, and they could be adapted to conventional classroom methods.

Language: English

DOI: 10.1007/s12671-011-0045-6

ISSN: 1868-8535

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La pratica della consapevolezza: a scuola di mindfulness

Available from: Università Degli Studi Firenze

Publication: Studi sulla Formazione / Open Journal of Education, vol. 18, no. 2

Pages: 129-143

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Abstract/Notes: The mindfulness practice in recent years showed to make numerous beneficial effects in adult people. In actual times, It also begins to study it, although with no little difficulty, as a valuable aid in the development of children. Starting with a definition of mindfulness and a description of the main research in education and for adult population, and more recently, for children in pre-school age, the aim of this study was to show, through a comparison , the remarkable similarity between Montessori's method and mindfulness practice. Some aspects, such as the growing attention and to preferring experiences of sensorimotor integration, seem in fact to make the Montessori method as a system that naturally incorporates practices of awareness particularly suitable for younger children. And this thanks to a vision of what might be called a holistic education that deals with the development of the "whole" small people being addressed.

Language: Italian

DOI: 10.13128/Studi_Formaz-18020

ISSN: 2036-6981

Article

Exploring the Adolescent's Creative Pathways: Mindfulness, Role Fluidity, Story, and the Dramatic Curriculum

Available from: ERIC

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 40, no. 3

Pages: 55-74

North American Montessori Teachers' Association (NAMTA) - Periodicals

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Abstract/Notes: David McNees' deep foray into creativity theory and drama begins with mindfulness as a preparation for adolescent focus. This article discusses role incarnation, the correlation of the three-period lesson to Landy's role theory, the creation and re-creation of personal story and identity, archetypal heroes, and how the adaptability learned in theater builds both academic and creative success. The practice of role fluidity brings theater theory to ordinary, everyday life as theater can serve as an active support to emphasize the adolescents psychological characteristics in a Montessori context.

Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

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