Camille Whitney, PhD, Head of Research, Mindful Schools
Overview: This presentation paints a picture of the current state of research on mindfulness in education.
The presentation focuses on the following questions:
- What are the main research findings on mindfulness for educators and for youth in school settings? How can we responsibly and accurately frame the research findings?
- In what areas is more research needed?
The presentation is designed to help both practitioners and researchers:
- Make sure their work is informed by the latest research
- Feel confident in explaining what we know and don’t know from the research, and
- Potentially engage in research that helps fill important gaps.
This presentation builds on Randye Semple’s keynote at the 2015 Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth conference entitled “Mindfulness Research – What we don’t know and how you can help.” In that presentation, Professor Semple identified several areas in which more research is needed on mindfulness training with youth, including:
- The relative effectiveness of different programmatic approaches (e.g., in-person versus online),
- Effects of different amounts of mindfulness instruction (“dosage”),
- Variation in best practices and effects across different ages / types of youth and contexts,
- Shorter- versus longer-term effects, and
- Effects of different types of mindfulness facilitator training
Above and beyond research summaries presented at past Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth conferences, this presentation makes a unique contribution by focusing on research in education settings. It also discusses research on mindfulness for educators, not just youth.