Toward the Integration of Meditation into Higher Education: A Review of Research Evidence


by Shauna L. Shapiro, Kirk Warren Brown & John A. Astin - 2011

Context: There is growing interest in the integration of meditation in higher education.

Purpose: Here, we review evidence bearing on the utility of meditation to facilitate the achievement of traditional educational goals and to enhance education of the “whole person.”

Research Design: We examine how meditation practices may help foster important cognitive skills of attention and information processing, as well build stress resilience and adaptive interpersonal capacities through a review of the published research literature.

Conclusions/Recommendations: We offer directions for future research, highlighting the importance of theory-based investigations, increased methodological rigor, expansion of the scope of education-related outcomes studied, and the study of best practices for teaching meditation in educational settings.



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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 113 Number 3, 2011, p. 493-528
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16058, Date Accessed: 9/23/2019 1:49:03 AM

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