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ERIC Number: EJ1176968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1029-5968
From Shame to Mindfulness and Self-Compassion: A Teacher's Journey to Greater Self-Efficacy
Akpan, Patricia L.; Saunders, Peggy J.
Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education, v21 n2 p41-49 2017
Shame, an emotion based upon individuals' belief that they, alone, are not good enough--influences their sense of efficaciousness, which directly affects their lives. This study examined how learning mindfulness and self-compassion skills changed one teacher's self-efficacy and impacted the classroom environment. Using mindfulness and self-compassion to address feelings of shame creates opportunities to manage emotions with objectivity and clarity. The Teachers' Sense of Efficacy Scale (Tschannen-Moran Hoy, 2001, 2014), and the Self-Compassion Scale (Neff, 2003) were administered to the participant before and after the study to determine any changes in self-efficacy and self-compassion. Classroom observations and teacher interviews were also conducted. Results indicated an increase in self-efficacy, particularly in classroom management and ability to modify lessons to fit the needs of individual students. An increase in self-kindness and self-compassion were also shown.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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