Teaching Metamorphosis – The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Transforming Education
Vaibhav P. Birwatkar

The concept of emotional intelligence has grown in popularity over the last two decades, generating interest both at a social and a professional level. Student achievement, teacher effectiveness and school improvement are the critical components of an educational system and are interdependent. In recent years, low test scores and accountability standards have been the focus of education reform and criticism directed to education at all levels. The broader mission of education becomes clouded when effectiveness is defined solely or even primarily on the basis of teachers performance. One of the factors that may affect the teachers’ performance is emotional stability. Emotional stability is crucial in facing challenges in the school environment. This article provides a critical review of emotional intelligence skills in teacher’s success. The learned ability of emotional intelligence integrates well with the student development model of education and the historical values of the student personnel point of view. Further, some educationalists and practitioners have embraced the concept of emotional intelligence uncritically, and without fully grasping the entirety of its meaning and application. The article attempts to make explicit the manner in which emotional intelligence can be more realistically and appropriately integrated into the profession.

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