Which measures of emotional intelligence have been adopted in empirical research that explores its value for higher education educators?

Andrew Youde, Wayne Bailey, Aelly Armitage

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Aligned to general intelligence, Emotional Intelligence (EI) emerged in the 1990s and its value for professionals has been extensively researched, particularly in business and social science fields. Over the last 30 years, this widespread interest, both from academics and practitioners, has led to the development of around 40 different EI measurement scales. This has been accompanied by the development of a range of EI constructs, which have been classified into three broad categories – ability, trait and mixed, with an emerging body of small-scale, empirical research exploring the value of EI for higher education (HE) educators. Through literature review and analysis, this paper reports the various constructs and measures being adopted in these studies and the reason for their choice. The sample analysed favoured self-report, trait questionnaires with the Wong and Law Emotional Intelligence Scale proving popular. Two significant constructs theoretically underpinned many of the studies; however, ability measures were not chosen and reasons for this are discussed. Strengths and limitations of adopted tests are presented and the study’s findings could support future academics and practitioners in choosing appropriate EI measures for future research exploring beneficial qualities for higher education educators.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationINTED2024 Proceedings
Subtitle of host publication18th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
EditorsLuis Gómez Chova, Chelo González Martínez, Joanna Lees
PublisherIATED Academy
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9788409592159
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2024
Event18th Annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 4 Mar 20246 Mar 2024
Conference number: 18

Publication series

NameProceedings (International Technology, Education and Development Conference. Internet)
PublisherIATED Academy
ISSN (Electronic)2340-1079


Conference18th Annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Abbreviated titleINTED 2024
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