Do the Teachers Who Are Selected by Students Have a Higher Emotional Intelligence?


Bahareh Aminian 1 , * , Fariba Haghani 1 , Tahereh Changiz 1


1 Iran


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 8 (2); e59711
Published Online: January 15, 2012
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 08, 2017
Accepted: October 20, 2011




Background & Objective: In order to achieve an efficient teaching, in all fields including
Medicine, effective teachers are needed and to evaluate the efficiency of teachers, students’
comments are a remarkable indicator. Since during the recent decades, Emotional Intelligence has
been mentioned as one of the characteristics of distinguished teachers, this study aimed to
investigate the emotional intelligence and its components among professors of basic sciences level
of Medicine field selected as distinguished teachers by senior students in comparison to other
professors in this level.
Methods: In this descriptive study, all Medicine students of the selected university in the final
semester of basic sciences phase (n=65) were asked to name their five top distinguished teachers.
Finally 8 teachers who had the highest votes were considered as the distinguished group. To
assess teachers’ emotional intelligence, the standard questionnaire of Bar-On is distributed among
all teachers of basic sciences (53 cases), and their emotional intelligence in 15 different
components was evaluated. Data were analyzed through SPSS software and by using correlation
and independent t-test.
Results: Mean total score of Emotional Intelligence of distinguished teachers (352.13) was higher
compared to that of the other teachers (337.88) but the difference was not significant. The scores
of distinguished group in the subscales of happiness, optimism, self-confidence and flexibility
were significantly higher compared to the other teachers (P <0.05).
Conclusion: It seems that, factors like happiness, optimism, self-confidence and flexibility cause
teachers to teach more efficiently and make teaching-learning process more satisfying for
students. Therefore, it is recommended to pay special attention to these aspects of emotional
intelligence in teachers’ training programs.


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