Ms Marina Kirstein - Exploring the emotional intelligence of a diverse cohort of South African
Ms Marina Kirstein, Senior Lecturer, University of Pretoria (a key DBS partner university)
Thursday 29 June 2017
This presentation was based on a study which explored differences in EQ between accounting students of differing race, language and gender in a heterogeneous undergraduate professional education program. Understanding the differences in EQ between these demographic groups may assist instructors in differentiating their social emotional learning interventions to reach students from the different demographic groupings. Data was collected through the use of the Wong and Law Emotional Intelligence Scale (WLEIS) and analysed by means of the Mann-Whitney and Kruskal-Wallis tests. Various statistically significant differences were identified in each of the four dimensions of EQ between students from different racial, language and gender groups. In addition, this study suggests that instructors may need to delve deeper than race, language or gender in identifying appropriate groups to target for specific SEL interventions. Instructors may need to consider within group differences such as specific race-gender or race-language groups in targeting their interventions.