The relationship of emotional intelligence to academic achievement.
Higher levels of emotional intelligence built through electives like Army JROTC are predictive of higher levels of academic achievement. This quantitative correlational study was conducted to explore the relationship of the grade point averages of a random sample of 486 Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps high school cadets to levels of emotional intelligence as measured by The Personal Skills Map®. Research findings were that 10 of 11 emotional intelligence skills were significantly correlated with higher grade point averages. Dewey’s pragmatism and Plato’s idealism, which support the premise of the need for programs that help students interact with their environment and bring out their best, served as the theoretical framework for the study. Implications for education are that elective programs that support personal growth and learning life skills are as important as academic skills.
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