Journal article

Mindfulness ?thick? and ?thin?? a critical review of the uses of mindfulness in education

Christopher T McCaw

Oxford Review of Education | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

‘Mindfulness’ is a term which holds increasing currency within educational research, policy and practice. However, there is substantial variation in its use, especially with respect to its historical roots in the Buddhist tradition. I develop a conceptual distinction between ‘thin’ mindfulness and ‘thick’ mindfulness, with attendant ontological, teleological and ethical features. Employing a selection of methodological tools from Critical Discourse Analysis, I use the thick/thin distinction to map out and interrogate existing uses of mindfulness in education. While the deployment of ‘thin’ mindfulness has facilitated its adoption and popularity, significant criticisms have also been raised r..

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