An Exploration of Middle School Students’ Experiences of Mindfulness Training in an International School Environment

Abstract

The following study explores middle school students' experiences of mindfulness training within an international school environment in The Netherlands. A cohort of 11-year-old middle school students participated voluntarily in a pilot run of the Dot B mindfulness program. Eighteen participants were involved, who came from a range of countries including Korea, France, India, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US, and they were all in Year 1 of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years' Program. This was a qualitative study, characterized by the semi-structured interviewing of the students following their participation in the program. The interviews explored students’ personal perspectives on the impact of the mindfulness program on their daily lives. The themes that emerged indicated that participation in the training positively influenced students’ capacity to manage stress, to be metacognitive, to harness their attention, to regulate their emotions, and to experience present moment awareness. Students identified the strategies that they found most useful, including the 7/11 breathing technique and the Dot B. The positive nature of students' perspectives and experiences prompted the rolling out of the Dot B program across the grade level.



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Mary C. Kelly, Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences, Ireland

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Conference: ACP2022
Stream: Mental Health

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To cite this article:
Kelly M. (2022) An Exploration of Middle School Students’ Experiences of Mindfulness Training in an International School Environment ISSN: 2187-4743 – The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2022 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2187-4743.2022.12
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2187-4743.2022.12


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