Contemplative Pedagogy: Mindfulness Methodology in Education & Human Development
Serena A. Flores

Today‟s children and adolescents live in a digital era, exposed to technology at a young age and often times maintain fast-paced lifestyles. Expectations for students in education have increased steadily in recent decades. In accordance with student lifestyles and heightened expectations in academia, education for children in P-12 has become consistently saturated with technological-based enhancements. As a result, educators continuously search for innovative pedagogical approaches, such as contemplative pedagogy that reaches their students academically. Furthermore, modern pedagogical approaches frequently encompass a social and emotional component; consequently influencing the naturalistic development of the student. The aim of this research is to explore contemplative pedagogy with a special emphasis upon mindfulness methodology in the field of education as it affects the naturalistic development of children and adolescents in P-12. The author first begins by exploring contemplative pedagogy in education, followed with the influences of mindfulness-based practices, including contemplative pedagogical practices for the current educator. Finally, the author highlights related implications and offers suggestions for further research.

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