Cogenerating insights into the dialectics of contemplative practices in educational and lifeworld settings
journal contributionposted on 2022-08-14, 07:18 authored by G Zouch, Joanna HigginsJoanna Higgins, Suskya GoodallSuskya Goodall, R Browne
Contemplative practices are used with increasing frequency across various fields of knowledge, and increasingly so within educational settings as a means of promoting wellness and wellbeing. In this paper, we draw on qualitative data derived from primary students’ experiences of meditative breathing and use them as a springboard to extrapolate meaning and cogenerate novel insights around contemplative practices. Theoretically framed within an authentic inquiry | contemplative inquiry dialectic, this approach seeks to situate the research team within the contemplative process, striving to make a difference for stakeholders. Intentionally acknowledging and drawing on our values, beliefs, and lifeworlds, this authentic inquiry | contemplative inquiry allows for the cogeneration of deep and meaningful insights. Insights coalesce around four emergent dialectics of contemplative practices: relaxed | stressed, attentive | distracted, still | energized and unbounded | constrained. Our co-constructed contemplative narrative argues that within the complex space of unbounded fields, contemplative practices have the potential to transform physical, mental, emotional, and social lifeworlds through a contagious individual and collective ripple effect.
Preferred citationZouch, G., Higgins, J., Goodall, S. & Browne, R. (2021). Cogenerating insights into the dialectics of contemplative practices in educational and lifeworld settings. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 16(3), 965-979. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11422-021-10038-8
Journal titleCultural Studies of Science Education
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
Online publication date2021-09-03
Authentic inquiryContemplative inquiryContemplative practiceMindfulnessWellbeingContemplatieve praktijkenAuthentiek onderzoekContemplatief onderzoekWelzijnOpmerkzaamheidClinical ResearchMental HealthBasic Behavioral and Social ScienceBehavioral and Social ScienceEducationSpecialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classifiedCurriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified