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Mindfulness in Sustainability Education

by Angela Miller-Porter

A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education at The University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point



This study was about a university course, Mindfulness & Sustainability (GC495), that I designed, instructed, and assessed. Twenty-one students and I went on a mindful learning journey; together we cultivated a community of Transformative Sustainability Learning (TSL). I used The Work that Reconnects (WTR) to teach mindfulness in Sustainability Education (SE). This was an exploratory qualitative study that utilized two narrative end of semester questions, one assignment and the Sustainability Mindset Indicator (SMI) pre- post- questionnaire to collect and analyze course impact. The study showed that Sustainability Mindsets were strengthened for students who took GC495.


Contributor/Author: Angela Miller-Porter