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ERIC Number: ED536311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 134
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2670-6111-9
Emotional Intelligence and Collaborative Learning in Adult Education
Martinez, Luz M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The changing social and economic reality of our world continues to shape how learning is conducted and acquired in the adult classroom and beyond. Given the pivotal importance for an adult to develop a variety of cognitive and emotional skills and given the need to work in collaboration with others, within educational environments and the workplace, it was important to investigate the possible relationship between emotional intelligence and collaborative learning in adult education. This study sought to investigate whether the skills used in collaborative learning could be positively correlated with those skills posited in the theory of emotional intelligence. Approximately 61 undergraduate and graduate students engaged in a collaborative learning exercise using the case study model. At the end of their collaboration, they completed various surveys in which they rated their own contributions and skills and the contributions and skills of the other members of their collaborative learning group. They also completed the Bar-On EQ-i online to determine their emotional intelligence quotient. The data did not render a statistically significant correlation between the emotional intelligence self-produced scores on the EQ-i questionnaire, the ratings of each participant's self-scores, and the scores other members of the same group gave to one another in the collaborative learning survey. Although a positive correlation was not established within the parameters of this study or with the instruments used herein, this study increases awareness of the relationship between emotional intelligence and collaborative learning in adult education settings. That notwithstanding, the relationship between emotional intelligence and collaborative learning and their effect on academic achievement, citizenship development, and overall economic and social life should continue to be researched. [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: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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