Promoting Mindfulness in Education: The “SURE” Approach

Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 16)


In this chapter, I address the need to move away from the instrumentalist curriculum model, predominant in American education today, which perpetuates the view that education is primarily designed to produce future workers and consumers. Promoting mindfulness through educational practice is one way to move beyond this “education as training” paradigm. The importance of transcending and transforming today’s industrial-scientific teaching approach is described with a framework that involves slowing down, unplugging, reconnecting, and ecologizing. Each component is described with an emphasis on transformative education designed to promote deep learning and meaningful engagement between students, their surroundings, and the curriculum. With the major ecological and social challenges that we see today, and into the future, it is becoming more urgent to educate in a way that allows students to better integrate their educational experiences through reflection and mindfulness. Reflective and mindful citizens will be equipped to deal with the wicked problems pertaining to advancing sustainability and reconnecting to the bioregions in which they are situated.


Mindfulness education Sustainability education Deep learning Ecological thinking Ecological mindfulness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of the Earth, Environment and SocietyBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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