Model for Teachers to Recognize and Enhance Emotional Intelligence in Themselves and Urban Students

Model for Teachers to Recognize and Enhance Emotional Intelligence in Themselves and Urban Students

Author: 
Bryan Bohanan
Program of study: 
Ed.D./CI
Abstract: 
Research studies investigating emotions has revealed a link to intelligence. Teachers face an abundant amount of challenges in urban settings. Many teachers in urban settings reach burnout and leave the profession within the first three years. Without developing a specific set of skills, teachers may not be equipped to handle the emotional load of teaching. The purpose of this qualitative grounded theory study was to explore how teachers conceptualize their own levels of emotional intelligence and their ability to recognize the five domains of EI in urban students. The research encompassed a qualitative examination of the behaviors teachers observe in urban school students associated with emotional intelligence. Research methods included: (a) an EI survey, (b) classroom observations of the teacher, (c) one on one descriptive interviews, (d) a pilot study, (e) and qualitative grounded theory processes. Through analysis of the data and the grounded theory design six, significant, emerging themes derived from the teacher participants. Based on the findings there is a need to advance emotional intelligence within urban settings, explore the phenomena of human interaction and social processes, and improve emotional intelligence in teachers. The population of teachers in the study varied in content area and years of teaching experience. The resulting themes supported the development of a theoretical model to illustrate how teachers can recognize and enhance emotional intelligence characteristics in urban students.
Dedication: 
I dedicate my dissertation work to my family and friends. A special acknowledgement to my mother, Sunye Smith. Her life was never meant to be easy, but the sacrifices she made for my brother and I will always give me a reason to push harder and go further. To my brother, Hamilton Bohanan your words of encouragement, love, and guidance is something I will forever cherish and need. My sister Angie who I feel is always by my side and is very special to me. To my fiancé soon to be wife, Mia, who suffered through my severe mood swings, revisions, anxiety, stress, and long nights of dissertating (writing); still loving me with a smile. I would like to say a special thank you to my committee members, Dr. Underdahl and Dr. Justus for your constant support, high expectations, feedback, and encouraging words. My chair, Dr. Probst for your tireless work and guidance, not only as my chair, but also as a great friend. I will always and forever appreciate the work from my team, you are all a blessing, and I could not have finished without you. I also dedicate this dissertation to my many friends who have supported me throughout the process. We are in the lives of each other for special reasons, beyond reasons I will ever understand, but I will always cherish our time. Dr. Jefferson, I am proclaiming you as my brother, and I appreciate your support during this process. Thank you Joey, and Melissa, for your excitement when I asked you to read my dissertation and give me your thoughts. Christina, you present positivity, love, unwavering support, and genuine care, and you gave me strength to complete my research when strength was needed.
Acknowledgements: 
I would firstly like to thank the teachers involved in the study. I appreciate your willingness to expose your practice, thoughts, and emotional intelligent level to support the students you work. I appreciate your flexibility and engagement during the research process. I would like to acknowledge Denver Public Schools for allowing me to conduct the study and seeing the added value to the district, schools, teachers, and students. I wish to acknowledge University of Phoenix faculty, staff, and support staff for their constant availability and guidance through this journey. Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the researchers before me for establishing a theoretical concept around emotional intelligence.