Course Objectives

Students will achieve the following Program Core Competencies as vital objectives

  • Cognitive Science is used as participants focus in information processing and internal representation of experience. This course also uses Developmental Psychology as participants observe how cumulatively they interact with, and they adapt to their environments. We measure the outcomes through qualitative and quantitative analysis using grounded theory.


  • Adult Learning and Leadership: Demonstrate understanding of the principles of Adult Learning and Leadership and apply these principles to facilitate transformational learning as a voluntary behavioral change. While doing Action Research, collecting data, and applying principles of qualitative and quantitative method analysis through the discovery of grounded theory.


  • Identification of Unknown behaviors: Discovery of their own taken for granted assumption as they relate to the determinants and health needs of individuals and communities


  • Co-creating Sustainability: Learn to apply a systemic approach that draws upon Indigenous knowledge and mindfulness into action techniques, given that Indigenous people have a broad knowledge base regarding sustainable living.


  • Collaborate in creating a synchronous learning environment through weekly personal reflections, doing member check for validity to findings, and observing what emerges, as this cognitive process uses existing knowledge to generate new knowledge—as students provide evidence of building their knowledge base.


  • Experience empowerment by learning how to implement the methodology in an area of interest to participants within their own process. Participants will develop a pilot project in an area of interest to them, while applying the course methodology of Mindfulness into Action (MIA) Research with grounded theory.


  • Expand their knowledge of the importance of addressing multiple dimensions through this methodology: intra-subjective (e.g. mental models), inter-subjective (e.g. behaviors), intra-objective (e.g. objectivity), and inter-objective (e.g. systems)—as with the use of computers and the Internet.


  • Receive preparation for opportunities to actually implement this methodology /Final Project (i.e., via practicum/internships, culminating MA /MS projects, dissertation projects, grant-funded research, and work-site projects).