Cultivating mindfuness within the primary school system of a whole town—a reference project of the state of Northrhine Westphalia

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Journal Article
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Gruppe. Interaktion. Organisation. Zeitschrift fur Angewandte Organisationspsychologie, 2018, 49 (2), pp. 157 - 166
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2018-06-01
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© 2018, Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, ein Teil von Springer Nature. Mindfulness-based interventions have been shown internationally to strengthen health promoting ressources in adults and children. Based on these findings, the Northrhine Westphalia state-funded reference project “Health, Integration and Concentration—Mindfulness in Primary Schools” designs and evaluates mindfulness-based 20-hour-interventinons within the primary school system of the town Solingen. First all 21 school principals were addressed and then the teams of teachers in each school. Based on these experiences interventions with the children were then developed together with and implimented by the teachers. In this paper the interventions are scetched out and first qualitative results on different systemic levels within the schools. Of particular interest are possible links between individual developments in attitude, self regulation and behavior, styles of communication and interaction among colleagues and with the children as well as developments in school organisation and culture towards mindful schools. Finally the paper summarizes dos and don’ts for similar projects.
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