Preparing Teacher Candidates for the Present: Investigating the Value of Mindfulness-Training in Teacher Education

  • Geoffrey B. SolowayEmail author
Part of the Mindfulness in Behavioral Health book series (MIBH)


The fields of medicine and health care continue to demonstrate the benefits of mindfulness-based practice for stress reduction and well-being. Research is beginning to elucidate the benefits of mindfulness training with human service professionals, as well as the impact with children and youth. This qualitative action research study uses a grounded theory approach to help uncover the value of mindfulness training as an elective course for teachers-in-training. Two years being engaged in the iterative process of teaching, interviewing teacher candidates, and program development brought forth five main themes: (1) Reflective Practice, (2) Teacher Identity, (3) Social and Emotional Competence and Well-being on Practicum, (4) Learning to Fail—Learning to Teach, and (5) Engagement in Teacher Education. Learning to be present can be viewed as a novel curriculum within Teacher Education for developing disposition, pedagogical skills, and wisdom for the classroom.


Mindful teacher education Mindfulness-Based Wellness Education Pedagogy of well-being Mindfulness for teachers in training Reflection in action Engagement in Teacher Education Teacher identity Teacher social and emotional competence Teacher well-being 


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