A Practical Pilot Experience of a Mindfulness Program in University Teacher—Researcher Training

Abstract

This paper is aimed at relating a practical pilot experience of mindfulness meditation in a university context. This pilot experience aims to acquire an incipient understanding of the potential of this practice as a training mechanism for teaching staff. A qualitative method was used to record the mindfulness meditation practice experiences of teachers and instructors being trained; the trainees comprise the teaching staff that coordinates a learning environment called Context and region: Introduction to systemic thinking at Ibague University. A qualitative record and analysis process of the narratives of the practice experience were conducted based on the voices of the participants. Categories demonstrating aspects perceived as favorable or annoying with regard to the practice of mindfulness emerged. Benefits are perceived by participants in the following order: awareness, well-being, gratitude, and attention toward the other and oneself in the relationship. The annoyances are referred to as perceptions of physical discomfort present at the time of practicing mindfulness. The experience allowed a practical pilot that was shared with the team supporting the incorporation of attitudes related to the teaching role, personal experience, and the composition of teaching staff.

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The authors would like to thank Ibagué University for the time, subjects, and in kind resources to develop the research and the Systemic Thinking Unit from Ibagué University, unit which researchers belong.

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Julio Mazorco Salas y Andrea Cuenca are the co-first authors and contributed equally to this work.

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This article is inserted in the studies in education and mindfulness meditation. In this field, the results of this practice are significant in the neuropsychological dimensions, in the reduction of stress, the development of cognitive abilities such as attention, and the development of aspects related to emotional intelligence. This study provides a local, regional, and Latin American experience that makes a contribution in the educational field from the perspective of teacher training in the university context. It is also a contribution in the qualitative approach to the field of study from the narratives of the participating teachers.

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Mazorco Salas, J.E., Cuenca Botero, A.C. A Practical Pilot Experience of a Mindfulness Program in University Teacher—Researcher Training. Hu Arenas 3, 360–367 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42087-019-00084-8

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Keywords

  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Teacher training
  • University