Meditating Teachers: a qualitative study
Journal of In-service Education
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2002
Pages: 179 - 192
Source ID: shanti-sources-88056
Collection: Evidence-based Teacher Professional Development
Abstract: This study focused on 21 educators who have been meditating for an average of 4 years. These educators, who were mostly teachers, had been introduced to meditation in a graduate course in education. They chose to continue meditation after the class was completed. The study examined the nature of their meditation practice, and the effects that the participants perceived in their personal and professional lives. Almost all the participants indicated that they felt meditation had made a significant difference in their lives. The most cited benefit was feeling calmer and more centered. Four of the teachers had also introduced meditation to their students. The study indicated that holistic approaches to learning can be successfully introduced in a traditional academic setting.