This topic will provide a space for deep scholarly and personal reflection on the role and place of mindfulness in education from the early years to higher education. It will explore the experience of students and teachers, connections to the research literature, the translation of Eastern concepts and practices to the West, mindfulness programs, teacher preparedness in terms of training and personal mindfulness practice, mindfulness activities, suitability for all students at all developmental levels, ethical issues, limitations, sustainability and other cultural and contextual factors.
Mindfulness meditations and artistic activities will complement readings and discussions. Students will be required to conduct a mindful inquiry scholarly and reflective research project and explore issues that arise in relation to their ongoing practice of mindfulness and their engagement with the readings in terms of the meaning, connection and disruption to previous views as a result of their engagement in the topic .
This topic aims to develop students capacity to: