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Tools for Children to Navigate Life and School: Implementing Christian Contemplative Practices in K-12 Education





In recent decades contemplative practices have become more widely accepted, even commonplace. Recent research has shown the implementation of contemplative practice in schools to have numerous positive effects and to improve overall well-being in children and youth. This literature review looks at the implementation of Christian contemplative practice in K-12 school classrooms, which appear to have been under researched by comparison to mindfulness. Where and how is Christian contemplation being implemented in schools? What are the effects and benefits, and what are the challenges? This literature review summarizes some of what has been accomplished around the world as part of a global recovery of Christian contemplation, as well as some of the empirical research documenting the findings of these initiatives. Whether at school or everyday living children that are equipped with tools such as Christian contemplative practices have proven to have greater overall well-being than those without it.

Student Researcher

Christine VanderLinden

Graduation Year

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology, '19

Dr. Christopher Peet

Associate Professor, Psychology P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8068
  • PhD, Psychology, University of Alberta, 2004
  • BA Honours, Religious Studies, University of Alberta, 1997