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ERIC Number: ED516461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 192
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1240-4247-3
Emotional Intelligence and Self-Directed Learning Readiness among College Students Participating in a Leadership Development Program
Radnitzer, Karl David
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The purpose of this study was to investigate possible relationships between self-directed learning readiness and emotional intelligence in a leadership development program and if self-directed learning leads to greater self-directed learning capabilities. Prior research has examined self-directed learning and emotional intelligence but never have these two constructs been examined together. The study was conducted using a sequential mixed method triangulation design. A total of 33 students from a leadership development program were surveyed using the Emotional Competence Inventory-University (ECI-U) and the Learning Preference Assessment (LPA). Quantitative analysis of the data revealed a significant correlation between emotional intelligence composite and self-directed learning readiness. The study also demonstrated a strong correlation between self-directed learning readiness and eight of the sixteen subcategories of emotional intelligence such as service orientation, self-confidence, optimism, achievement orientation, building bonds, adaptability, communication, and change catalyst. Qualitative analysis was used from in-depth interviews with 11 students whose Learning Preference Assessment scores represented a range of high, medium, and low. All students expressed a greater understanding of themselves as leaders and felt the opportunity for self-directed learning was a positive experience. Interestingly, the higher the LPA scores, the more likelihood, their LPA scores would decrease at the end of the semester. Conclusions focus on the strong interrelationships between self-directed learning readiness and emotional intelligence. Finally, the study also found that providing students with self-directed experiences increased their ability to become stronger self-directed learners. This topic merits further investigation on the interrelationship of emotional intelligence and self-directed learners in the development of leaders. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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