Meditation practice by primary and secondary students in Peru: a confirmatory study of health and school performance

Fergusson, Lee and Cabrejos, Javier Ortiz and Bonshek, Anna (2022) Meditation practice by primary and secondary students in Peru: a confirmatory study of health and school performance. Revista Innova Educacion, 4 (1). pp. 21-38. ISSN 2664-1488

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Abstract

Schools in Perú have not typically been the sites of research on meditation or its possible role in student health or primary and secondary education outcomes. This retrospective
observational study seeks to begin redressing this evidentiary shortfall by confirming results from an earlier, smaller-scale study of 91 students in Huay-Huay, with a specific focus on the practice of Transcendental Meditation at Peruvian schools, some in remote locations with indigenous students. Five hundred and twenty primary and secondary students at four schools in Lima, Cusco, Puno, and Ventanilla were asked to rate their experience of meditation and its relation to four factors using a paper-and-pencil questionnaire: physical health; cognitive health; emotional health; and school performance. An average of 66% of students agreed they had benefited from practice of Transcendental Meditation in each area of health and school performance, and regularity of practice was a moderate predicator of higher scores on each variable. These quantitative findings are
suggestive of a role to be played by the addition of Transcendental Meditation to primary and secondary school curricula in Perú.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2022 06:10
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2022 06:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: health, observational research, Perú, school performance, Transcendental Meditation
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160299 Schools and learning environments not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.35622/j.rie.2022.01.002
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/47514

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