Toward the Integration of Meditation into Higher Education: A Review of Research Evidence
Teachers College Record
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2011
Pages: 493 - 528
Source ID: shanti-sources-82086
Collection: Contemplative Pedagogy in Higher Education
Abstract: Context: There is growing interest in the integration of meditation in higher education. Purpose: Here, we review evidence bearing on the utility of meditation to facilitate the achievement of traditional educational goals and to enhance education of the "whole person." Research Design: We examine how meditation practices may help foster important cognitive skills of attention and information processing, as well build stress resilience and adaptive interpersonal capacities through a review of the published research literature. Conclusions/Recommendations: We offer directions for future research, highlighting the importance of theory-based investigations, increased methodological rigor, expansion of the scope of education-related outcomes studied, and the study of best practices for teaching meditation in educational settings.