In this short article Alan Mortiboys talks about the importance of emotional intelligence in teaching and learning
Contributors Alan Mortiboys (University of Central England)
Published in Issue 4: Ethical decision-making supports teaching learning and research
Date Published Spring 2006
By Alan Mortiboys University of Central England
Here is a question for you. Think of any occasion when you were a learner that aroused strong feelings in you. What is the word or phrase that captures how you felt at the time?
I have asked this question of hundreds of higher education lecturers in workshops I run on teaching with emotional intelligence. The range of feelings recalled is vast but common responses include 'angry' 'elated' 'embarrassed' 'frustrated' 'humiliated' 'relieved'. I ask the question in order to make the point that:
Learning itself is an intrinsically emotional business (Claxton 1999:15).