ERIC Number: EJ1093002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Presence of Mind: A Qualitative Study of Meditating Teachers
Irwin, Michèle; Miller, John P.
Journal of Transformative Education, v14 n2 p86-97 Apr 2016
This article presents the results of a study into the effects of meditation practice on the lives of professional educators, specifically educators who either began or continued such practice during course work led by Professor Miller at the University of Toronto. The study incorporates semistructured interviews with 12 participants to track their current engagement with meditative practice. Respondents attest to the power of meditation to aid in reducing stress, increasing awareness of oneself and others, and promoting healthier interpersonal communication. These educator-practitioners also assert their belief in the power of regular meditation to help mitigate and improve their relationships with students, colleagues, and family members as well as to facilitate teacher presence.
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Metacognition, Stress Management, Interpersonal Communication, Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)