The body produces more cortisol when in stress. The purpose of this study was to see if cortisol levels could be influenced by first, ordinary experiences and second, by perceived stress. Participants in this study agreed to have their cortisol levels measured through saliva samples. After baseline cortisol levels were determined, two different treatments were administered. The first treatment involved an ordinary experience of a brief prayer session. Cortisol was taken before the treatment and after the experience. The cortisol samples were examined and compared to the baseline samples. The second treatment involved a suspense movie. Again cortisol was taken before and after the treatment. Cortisol was again compared to the baseline data as well as the prayer session cortisol data. The results indicated that perceived stress did raise cortisol levels and that prayer experiences can change expected cortisol levels. Results of this study indicate that teachers are able to influence the teaching environment by the kind of experiences they plan for students.
The International Journal of Learning, Volume 17, Issue 11, pp.339-352.
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Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA
Bridget is a member of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart. She earned her doctorate from the University of San Francisco, CA. She has taught and worked in various positions in the elementary grades for 20 years. She has been a professor at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland since 2000. She teaches methods, theory and research classes.
She has been an NCATE/ACEI reviewer for the past 5 years, as well as, the senior author of the Elementary Education Report and the Administration and Supervison Report for the College of Notre Dame. She is an active member of the college community, presently serving on the IRB. Bridget has presented national and internationally. She is published in The International Journal of Learning.
Professor, Communication Arts, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA
Kathleen Marie Engers, SSND founded Pumpkin Theater for children. Her intent was to provide exceptional theatre for children so that they might be able to discern what is good art and what is beautiful. Pumpkin Theater now celebrates 42 years and has been selected Nickelodeon’s best children theater this year, 2009-2010. Kathleen Marie is a Professor at the College of Notre Dame. She has served as chair in Communication Arts and in the Drama Department. She recently began a Service Abroad Program for students at the college. She presently serves on Faculty Issues and is a very active Board Member of Pumpkin Theater.
Dean of School of Education, School of Education, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA
Dr. Slear, SSND, is Dean of the School of Education. She is instrumental in beginning many of the new programs at the graduate level including the Doctorate with a focus on changing populations. She is committed to city schools, as well as, providing an overseas experience for college students. Germany, Africa and Brazil are some of the countries that candidate teachers will be able to visit.
She has been selected as Maryland’s Top 100 Women three different times. She now is in Maryland’s Circle for Excellence. She has received many other awards, one recently from the NCEA. Sharon is a national and international speaker on topics of learning theory, emotions and leadership.
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