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ERIC Number: EJ790266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0912
Emotional Competence and Drop-Out Rates in Higher Education
Kingston, Emma
Education & Training, v50 n2 p128-139 2008
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to compare the emotional competence of first year undergraduates enrolled on a high or low drop-out rate (HDR and LDR, respectively) course, at a newly established university within the UK. Design/methodology/approach: A mixed methods approach using both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods was used. The Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (TEIQue) established participants' emotional competence, and semi-structured interviews were used to probe the findings from the TEIQue. Findings: The results indicate that typical HDR course participants have high self-esteem and a good level of interpersonal skills, but are controlled by their emotions and exhibit an external locus of control. This manifests itself in a distrust of peers as a source of support and a reactive attitude to self-improvement. Typical LDR course participants have low self-esteem and a good level of intrapersonal skills, but have developed the ability to control their emotions and exhibit an internal locus of control. This manifests itself in a high level of confidence in peers as a source of support and a proactive attitude to self-improvement. Originality/value: The paper contributes to the learning styles literature by investigating the impact of students' characteristic affective behaviours on their vulnerability to drop-out. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom