Mindfulness in Higher Education
There is growing interest in the integration of meditation into higher education. Meditation is used to facilitate the achievement of traditional educational goals, to help support student mental health under academic stress, and to enhance education of the “whole person.” Four decades of research conducted with two primary forms of meditation, show how these practices may help to foster important cognitive skills of attention and information processing, as well as help to build stress resilience and adaptive interpersonal capacities.
(Shapiro, S.L., Brown, K.W., & Astin, J.A. (2008). Toward the integration of meditation into higher education: A review of research.)
Recommended Reading - Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education
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Shapiro, Shauna L.; Kirk Warren Brown & John A. Astin. (2008). Toward the Integration of Meditation into Higher Education: A Review of Research. Edited by Maia Duerr. Northampton, MA: The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.
This paper was later revised and published as Shapiro, Shauna, Kirk Warren Brown and John A. Austin, “Toward the Integration of Meditation into Higher Education: A Review of Research Evidence,” Teachers College Record, 113:3 (2011), p. 493-528.
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Zajonc, Arthur & Parker Palmer. (2010). The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.