Effects of brief mindfulness meditation on pre-service teachers’ attitudes towards including students with autism: The role of basic psychological need satisfaction

Chunxiao LI, Ngai Kiu WONG, Duo LIU, Ying Hwa KEE

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Abstract

Enhancing teachers’ attitudes towards including students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are crucial for successful inclusive education. The current study, guided by self-determination theory, examined the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation on teachers’ attitudes towards including students with ASD. Pre-service teachers (n = 65) were randomly assigned to the experimental or the control group. The results showed that the mindfulness meditation did not improve pre-service teachers’ attitudes but their basic psychological needs satisfaction. In addition, mindfulness had an indirect effect on attitudes through needs satisfaction. These findings could be used for improving teaching preparation for inclusive education. Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Disability, Development and Education
Early online date18 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Oct 2020

Citation

Li, C., Wong, N. K., Liu, D., & Kee, Y. H. (2020). Effects of brief mindfulness meditation on pre-service teachers’ attitudes towards including students with autism: The role of basic psychological need satisfaction. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1034912X.2020.1830950

Keywords

  • Awareness
  • Educator
  • Inclusive education
  • Self- determination theory
  • Special education needs

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