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Using mindfulness in education : the benefits of using a mindfulness mobile app for teachers

Šeniglová, Kristýna (2021) Using mindfulness in education : the benefits of using a mindfulness mobile app for teachers.

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Abstract:This study aimed to explore the perceived benefits regarding level of burnout, mindfulness, well-being, and feasibility and preliminary efficacy, of using a mindfulness-based smartphone app, called the Super Chill Mindfulness app, in a sample of teachers from elementary schools across the Netherlands. The design of this study is explorative, mixed methods, using a cross-sectional design, with four quantitative measures. In the first phase, surveys were applied and semi structured interviews were used in the qualitative phase. The participant sample consisted of 22 teachers from different elementary schools across the Netherlands (mean age 43.63 years, SD = 9.76), including 3 males, 18 females and 1 gender unspecified participant. Participants were asked to fill out a survey after which a sub-sample of 3 teachers attended a semi-structured online interview with the researcher. Some significant results were found in terms of changes in the level of work engagement, mindfulness and wellbeing. The qualitative thematic analysis of the interviews revealed that there is a need and a big motivation for including mindfulness into the school curriculum, as the teachers commented on the number of benefits that mindfulness practise brings not only to them, but also to their students. All teachers within this sample scored high in the level of work engagement. Concluding, the findings indicate that mindfulness in education can be a beneficial and, in combination with the app-based approach, also a cost-effective and time-effective tool to decrease teachers’ burnout and attrition. Further studies in this area, preferably in a randomized controlled design, are needed.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86632
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