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Help needed from teachers/teaching assistants/trainee teachers for an exciting research study.

Discussion in 'Primary' started by LDavies2015, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. LDavies2015

    LDavies2015 New commenter

    Calling all teachers, trainee teachers and teaching assistants in primary schools

    Do you work with children aged 6 – 9 years?

    Do you have a spare 15-20 minutes to help in an online research study?

    The research study

    • This research study is about mindfulness which you may have heard about.
    • Mindfulness is an awareness which develops through consciously tuning into one’s present experiences in an open-minded way while noticing one’s thoughts and feelings. Research has shown that it has been associated with a number of positive outcomes for children in the school setting such as improved performance in the classroom and greater resilience to stress.
    • While there has been lots of research into mindfulness with adults, in recent years interest has turned to using it with children. There have been some promising findings about using mindfulness approaches in schools in areas like behaviour and emotional wellbeing. Researchers have been able to develop suitable ways to measure mindfulness for children and adolescents aged 9 years +. However, there is no tool out there to measure how mindful children under the age of 9 years are.
      A tool for this age group will help researchers to get an idea of what mindfulness is like for the under 9s in terms of observable behaviours. It will also help researchers to know whether mindfulness interventions actually increase mindfulness in this age group.

    So how can you help?

    This project is aiming to develop a measure of mindfulness for children aged 6 – 9 years that teachers, trainee teachers and teaching assistants can complete based on observable behaviours. Therefore part of the process will involve testing out the measure with the assistance of a large number of teaching staff.

    If you are interested in taking part follow this link for more information and to access the questionnaire.


    Spreading the word

    If you have any colleagues or other suitable contacts who may be willing to take part in this project please forward them these details so they can access the website to take part too.

    Other information

    This research is being conducted by Laura Davies, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, under the supervision of Dr Lisa-Marie Emerson and Dr Georgina Rowse, University of Sheffield. This research will be used to write a thesis which fulfils part of her doctoral training.

    The project has received ethical approval through The Department of Psychology at The University of Sheffield’s ethical review procedures.

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