Prof. Dr. Josef Keuffer / Dr. Jürgen Eisholz

Practicing Mindfulness in Elementary and Secondary Schools - the Application and Investigation of the Concept of Mindfulness within  Educational Contexts

Practicing mindfulness within the educational contexts is no novelty. Even if the effects of the “mindfulness revolution” (A. Wallace) have not been sufficiently explored with respect to the educational process, it can already clearly be perceived that children, adolescents, parents, teachers and educators can profit considerably from the clear instructions of mind training.


In this lecture it will be explained which definition of mindfulness has been chosen or should be chosen in schools. Practices of mindfulness in elementary and secondary schools can be understood as an “Anthropotechnique” as defined by Peter Sloterdijk in his book “You have to change your life”, and can be used for the enhancement of human development. Possible criteria for the “mindful Anthropotechniques” shall be introduced and experiences reported in the Bielefelder Investigation Project.

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.