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Contemplative interventions or cultures of awareness in school

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  • Anne Maj Nielsen
  • Marie Kolmos, Institut for Uddannelse og Pædagogik, AU (forskningsassistent), Denmark
How do children experience contemplative activities in everyday school
life? During the past decade there have been increased reports of stress and
concentration problems among school children. Furthermore the everyday
life of school children is conducted across diverse contexts that expose the
children to various demands, opportunities and relations. According to the
growing body of knowledge contemplative education and mindfulness in
education can reduce stress and concentration problems for schoolchildren
(i.e. Byrnes, 2012; Flook et al., 2010; Jennings et al., 2012; Napoli, 2004).
Contemplative education in this study conceptualizes the work with personal
experiences of mindful sensuous activities related to the school subjects. We
present and discuss results from a qualitative study of a school class (grade
5-6, children aged 11-13) through the initiation of contemplative practice
and after a year. The focus is on children’s experiences of contemplative
practices in relation to their wellbeing and ability to concentrate in diverse
situations in their everyday life. The study aims to describe, conceptualize and
analyze individual participant’s experiences as well as the situated contextual
constraints, opportunities and interactions in which experience happen. We
have used sensory-based interviews with children in order to obtain their
sensuous experiences of contemplative activities. The theoretical approach is
informed by phenomenology, cultural psychology and materiality studies (i.e.
Barad, 2003; Holzkamp, 1998; Stetsenko & Arievitsch, 2004; Zahavi; 2003).
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2013
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventPsychology and the Conduct of Everyday Life - Roskilde Universitet, Roskilde, Denmark
Duration: 26 Jun 201328 Jun 2013


ConferencePsychology and the Conduct of Everyday Life
LocationRoskilde Universitet

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