Mindfulness training for elementary school students: The attention academy

Maria Napoli, Paul Rock Krech, Lynn Holley

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Abstract

Mindfulness is the cognitive propensity to be aware of what is happening in the moment without judgment or attachment to any particular outcome. This concept flies in the face of modern, Western philosophical outcomes-based thinking about events and activities. This article presents results of a formative evaluation of whether participation in a mindfulness training program affected first, second, and third grade students' outcomes on measures of attention. The training was designed and intended to help students learn to focus and pay attention. The 24-week training employed a series of exercises including breathwork, bodyscan, movement, and sensorimotor awareness activities. Results from three attentional measures administered to the students show significant differences between those who did and did not participate in mindfulness practice training. Results are discussed and recommendations are made for future work in this developing field of interest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-125
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Applied School Psychology
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 6 2005

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Keywords

  • Attention
  • Curriculum
  • Mindfulness
  • Stress
  • Wellness

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  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Mindfulness training for elementary school students : The attention academy. / Napoli, Maria; Krech, Paul Rock; Holley, Lynn.

In: Journal of Applied School Psychology, Vol. 21, No. 1, 06.07.2005, p. 99-125.

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