Workshop Prof. Dr. Josef Keuffer, Dr. Jürgen Elsholz, Dr. Adriane Bettina Kobusch, Dr. Nils Altner

Mindfulness in the Educational Contexts - What Are the Side Effects?

The subjects of the workshop are the chances and risks of practicing mindfulness in  educational contexts. Is mindfulness a neutral philosophy of life? Children and adolescents might find the practices strange. What has to be observed in order to create a good environment for the practices? How can colleagues be informed in the approach to the practice of mindfulness? According to the experience and the interest of the participants, the following questions shall be discussed:

  • What kind of experience do the participants of the workshop have?
  • Which chances and risks regarding the practices of mindfulness should be recognised?
  • Which practices and subject are suited for a person, group or level?
  • Can mindfulness be instructed?
  • What are the effects of mindfulness practices?
  • Which dimensions of mindfulness should be considered?
  • Which dimensions can be realised and/or taught in schools and universities?
  • In which time frames will the attitude of the participants change?
  • Will the subjective theories for learning and for their own learning processes be changed through the practice of mindfulness?
  • Awareness of health, time management, work-life-balance, etc.
  • What are the limits of the practice of mindfulness in public education?

A report on the present state of scientific research regarding these questions and a project from Bielefeld will be presented.

Prof. Dr. Josef Keuffer

Josef Keuffer, Professor Dr. phil. finishes his studies in history, German, music and education as teacher for the secondary school in 1989. After two study trips to Dharamsala, India, and a short stay at Boulder University (Naropa Institute) he graduated in 1991 (Phd.) in education science. From 1993-1994 he became fellow researcher at the faculty of educational science, University of Münster, in the field of school education and teaching methods.


From 1994-1999 he worked as fellow researcher at University of Halle-Wittenberg and was there from 1996-1999 head of the working area for research on teaching methods at the centre of school research and teacher training. In 1999 he became consultant (since 2001 scientific director) for teacher training in the administration of the City of Hamburg. In 2003 he finished his habilitation in education science and since 2004 he is professor for pedagogy at the University of Bielefeld and scientific director/conductor of the „Oberstufen-Kolleg“. Main interests: Senior High School, teacher formation, educational program didactics, training and instruction research, intercultural learning.


Dr. Jürgen Elsholz

Jürgen Elsholz, Dr. phil., born 1974 in Lüneburg. Studied education science and graduated (Phd.) in education science with a work on the „Basics of an integral development concept“. Since 2009 he is fellow researcher at the faculty of educational science at Bielefeld University. Main interests: Teaching and research on attention, awareness and the acquisition of social competencies/skills.