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School-based mindfulness programs (SBMPs) are gaining prevalence in K-12 schools, yet little is known about how they foster students’ ethical development. Using a qualitative content analysis this study examined how three SBMP curricula promoted ethical literacy. Findings:
The primary ethical frame was Care/Compassion with little evidence of Justice/Fairness and Rights.
The main Prosocial Motivation was Perspective-Taking.
The primary curricular tool used was Reflection, with Skills and Knowledge used to a lesser extent.
Social-emotional learning domains differed across the curricula, but Responsible Decision-Making was least prevalent across all. Explicit terms related to morals/ethics were scarce.
The emphasis on relational-related ethical frames and motivations represents a shift toward a more nuanced view of moral development that represents a dynamic interplay between self and other marked by compassion and empathy.
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