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Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom

Adolescents have both the cognitive and the emotional capacity to deepen their emotional intelligence, and for that reason secondary schools are being viewed as an ideal setting in which to teach and promote EI. In this program, Dr. Karen Hansen, coordinator of the EI and Education Research Unit of Swinburne University, compares and contrasts definitions and models of EI. In addition, she suggests practical ways in which educators can promote and nurture EI through a variety of classroom activities and by rearranging the physical classroom environment. Viewable/printable educational resources are available online. (31 minutes)

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What is Emotional Intelligence?
One researcher describes emotional intelligence (EI) as the ability to perceive accurately, appraise and express emotion, to access and/or generate feelings when they facilitate thought, and to understand emotion and emotional knowledge.