Mindfulness Into Action Research With Ground Theory

Course details

  • The information regarding the course is: HBSS 4199 CRN is 94262 in person and CRN 94263 online.


  • This special topics in health education course, Mindfulness into Action (MIA) Research with Grounded Theory, uses the MIA platform–which goes beyond traditional paradigms. MIA uses Indigenous knowledge to take action, given that Indigenous people have a broad knowledge of how to live sustainably. The course involves a leadership skills development methodology implemented by the Professor with the Kichwa Indigenous community of Rio Blanco in the Amazon. Through the use of Indigenous knowledge, this leadership skills development methodology has been shown through research to facilitate participant observation of their unknown behaviors (mindset). The process includes cycles of reflection (reflexivity) in conjunction with Indigenous practices. Data has suggested that participants trained in this methodology develop a sense of being in a constant state of awareness (mindfulness)—as an attribute deemed vital for leaders being able to work in tune with those around them in diverse organizational settings. The methodology taught and practiced in this class has been shown through research to disrupt cycles of leadership characterized by sacrifice, stress, and dissonance that often occur as leaders function on “auto-pilot” within organizations, causing ineffective and unsustainable leadership. In contrast, leaders who use this methodology become awake, aware, attentive, and engage in conscious action and intentional change, as they pursue goals in harmony with other diverse organizational members. For this course, objectives include participants engaging in action research using MIA, such that their personal previously unknown behavior is identified; participants move into action from within, not by “external influences”.


  • The methodology is relevant to those interested in addressing diversity issues within organizations, given this work starts from the insight that many personal and societal issues occur as a result of people being unaware of their taken-for-granted assumptions at a subconscious level. Those trained in this methodology are able to tap into various faculties of their conscious mind that are normally inaccessible when in a purely reactive state—leading to greater clarity when addressing diversity issues, or, more broadly, when making decisions for themselves, their families, and society at large.To achieve the course objectives, students learn to engage in action research with grounded theory. The use of an open-ended form of grounded theory facilitates studying ways of thinking and perceiving social (social psychological) processes in social settings. Also, through the use of NVivo data analysis in course projects, participants obtain valuable research skills.


  • The course has no pre-requisites, while it is a pre-requisite for a planned summer practicum course that will enable students to conduct action research with grounded theory in the Amazon rainforest.


# First Level Of Code Reference Second Level Of Coding Reference
PHASE 1 a). Before The Intervention
PHASE 1 1). Initial “Reactive” State 29 2). Conflict
3). Resistance
4). Stress
5). Victime Identity
PHASE 2 b). During the Intervention
PHASE 2 6). Identified Awareness 73 7). Exercises, Steps 37
PHASE 2 8). To Be Present 3 9). Surprise
10). Connectedness
PHASE 2 11). Observing Behavior 75 12). Cohesiveness 3
PHASE 2 13). Aha Moments 45 14). Control
15). Stepping-Back
PHASE 3 c). After the Intervention
PHASE 3 16). Identification of Third Person 43 Internal Reflection
PHASE 3 20). Reflection of the Third Person 41 21). Writing (Journaling) 13
PHASE 3 22). Coping Action –After Shift 38 23). Tolerance 23
PHASE 3 24). Happiness 26 25). Being at Peace 12
PHASE 3 26). Effectiveness 27 27). Personal Effectiveness
28). Academic Effectiveness
29). Professional Effectiveness