Mindfulness to improve emotion management and self-efficacy in teaching and learning processes

Proceedings of The 5th International Conference on Modern Research in Education, Teaching and Learning

Year: 2022



Mindfulness to improve emotion management and self-efficacy in teaching and learning processes

Maria Buccolo, Valerio Ferro Allodola



The pandemic has revolutionised the way of expressing emotions, stress management, interpersonal relationships and lifestyles of children, adults and the elderly. These profound transformations have mainly affected the school world, significantly increasing the risk conditions related to psycho-physical stress in teachers due, in particular, to specific factors such as home isolation, prolonged school closures and severely limited social relationships. Italian teachers of all levels, however, responded well to the health emergency, activating forms of digital didactics from the outset and honing the relevant skills during the pandemic years. The pandemic has, nevertheless, increased the risk of students dropping out of school (let us remember that not everyone has been able to benefit from digital didactics, due to the digital divide), children and young people have presented problems of distraction/deconcentration on the task. In this context, the need for teachers, students and families to work on school self-efficacy, learning how to manage the stress and emotions resulting from this terrible moment in history, has become increasingly evident. As researchers and pedagogists, we therefore developed a participatory action-research – through the experimentation of a training course based on the Mndfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) model – that involved students, teachers and families of a primary school in the municipality of Rome, creating a virtuous circle and concretising, in practice, the construct of ‘educating community’.

keywords: mindfulness, emotions, self-efficacy, school