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Yau Yan Wong


        The purpose of this classroom research study is to develop a school-based mindfulness training program for enhancing elementary students’ emotional intelligence in a public school in Thailand. A group of 28 fourth graders (15 boys, 13 girls) from 9 to 10 years old participated in an eight-week mindfulness training course. Each week participants learned how to apply mindfulness in different areas of their lives. Students’ emotional intelligence was assessed by their parents twice, before and after the training. Based on the scores of the emotional intelligence assessment, the researcher selected the students and parents to participate in focus group discussions. The results showed an improvement in students’ emotional self-control, empathy, self-motivation, interpersonal relationships, life satisfaction and peace after the training. The implication of the study is that mindfulness training can be a tool for educators to develop students’ emotional and social competencies. The keys to the successful  implementation of a mindfulness training program among children were discussed from students’ and parents’ feedback.


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