Emotional intelligence and minority students

A study published in the current issue of School Psychology Quarterly looked at predictors of academic success for minority, low-income, urban elementary school students. Despite their hardships, students in this group are often able to achieve positive school results. Social-emotional competence was a significant factor in predicting success; this includes the ability to understand and manage emotion and behaviour (a.k.a., emotional intelligence), along with problem-solving and goal-setting in a variety of situations and environments. The researchers measured cooperation, assertiveness and self-control to assess social-emotional competence. Perceived teacher support was another important predictor of academic success and school attendance – especially in the most disadvantaged schools and communities.

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