Semester of Graduation

Spring 2019


Master of Arts in Liberal Arts (MALA)


Liberal Arts

Document Type



The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of teaching specific mindfulness techniques to teens who have difficulty functioning in the classroom, using the Mindful Schools Curricula; the course includes 18 lessons on being mindful of sound, breath, movement, thoughts, and emotions. Specifically, the study was designed to determine whether a mindfulness course would be beneficial for South Parish High School teens who are expelled. The study design was mixed methods. Participants were administered pre- and post- scientific validated survey scales that measure mindfulness characteristics as one data source. Participants’ parents were given a questionnaire to return and interviews were attempted for all. Participants were guided in mindfulness sessions held twice a week for one hour per week for ten weeks during the 2017 fall semester. Benefits for participants in the study include increased awareness of their behaviors in present time in the hopes for them to respond rather than reacting.



Committee Chair

Sulentic Dowell, Margaret-Mary