Research: A Mindfulness-Based Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum for School-Aged Children: The MindUP Program

By Jacqueline E. Maloney, Molly Stewart Lawlor, Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, and Jenna Whitehead

In this chapter from the Handbook of Mindfulness in Education, researchers describe the MindUP™ program: A universal, mindfulness-based social and emotional learning (SEL) program designed to be implemented in schools by regular classroom teachers. They discuss how mindfulness practices and SEL activities may be synergistic, potentially bolstering the efficacy of each, and describe the iterative process of developing, implementing, and evaluating a program that includes both elements. Participants also emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary research in evaluating mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) for students and teachers alike, research that utilizes mixed-method designs and that examines multiple outcomes from multiple observers (e.g., self-reports, teacher reports, peer reports).

To illustrate perspective on implementation science and mindfulness programs in education, they provide an overview of several studies conducted on MindUP™. Furthermore, researchers report findings from research examining students’ and teachers’ descriptions of their experiences with MindUP™ as a way in which to further understand the program’s effectiveness from the perspectives of the consumers, as well as potential directions for future research on mindfulness-based SEL programs.

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