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Title:Emotional intelligence: hidden ingredient for emotional health of teachers
Authors:Jacobs, S.
Kemp, A.ISNI
Mitchell, J.
Year:2008
Periodical:Africa Education Review
Volume:5
Issue:1
Pages:131-143
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:teachers
work environment
occupational health
teacher education
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/18146620802144842
Abstract:In an environment of comprehensive reformation, as in postapartheid South Africa, teachers report to having high levels of work-related pressure and stress. They are expected to attend courses where they learn how to implement change but there is no mechanism to help them cope with this change-induced stress. The present study examines elements of emotional-social intelligence that could perhaps indicate ways in which teachers can learn to cope with change. A survey was conducted amongst teachers enrolled at the University of South Africa for a variety of education subjects at different levels. One thousand two hundred and sixty one completed the questionnaire. Using an instrument based on the Bar-On model of emotional-social intelligence it was found that teachers have low self- and social awareness coupled with insufficient self-management skills. On the whole the general mood is not positive enough to be optimistic and sufficiently self-motivated to set and pursue goals in order to be successful teachers. The results of the research indicate that there is a need to create mechanisms by which teachers can be trained and through which they can increase their own self- and social awareness, thereby improving their general mood and motivation. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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