Through the Eyes of a Learner: My Teacher’s Emotional Intelligence


Petro van der Merwe
Department of Psychology, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa

Cecelia Jansen
Department of Education, Leadership Management, College of Education, University of South Africa

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU040000

The idea that is developed in this book includes an investigation into teachers’ behaviour in the classroom, yielding a rich understanding of how teachers’ general demeanor influences learners’ motivation to perform. The characteristics of the “ideal” or emotionally intelligent teacher can be studied in the classroom setting where teachers and learners are emotionally engaged in forming their identities. Narrative research allows for the opportunity to explore learner’s views of their “ideal” teacher through the use of drawings and essays. The results of the narrative study indicate that the teachers’ socially responsible behaviour assisted in creating an emotionally warm classroom atmosphere in which the learners felt safe and secure.

Socially responsible behaviour relates to the ability to do things with others, accept others, act in accordance with one’s conscience, and uphold social rules. Individuals who act in a socially responsible manner generally have a basic positive feeling towards their social group, possess interpersonal sensitivity, are able to accept others, and use their talents for the good of the collective, not just the self. Furthermore, the sense of belonging created by the general classroom climate appears to contribute to learners having a sense of purpose and wanting to perform at their best in a particular subject.

In addition, the guidance and support provided by the “ideal” or emotionally intelligent teacher seem to build learners’ confidence and faith in their abilities and motivate them to perform at their best. This, in turn, helps to facilitate a sense of competence in learners. Educators can use this book as a valuable guide to understand learners’ subjective experiences of the emotional intelligent teacher and how these influence their learning and performance. The book is also offered as a celebration to all teachers whose dedication to our children is a true and often unacknowledged blessing that adds beauty to the gift of life! (Imprint: Novinka)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Note From the Authors

Introduction: Correlation Between Emotional Intelligence and Intelligence

Chapter 1 – Primary School Children’s View of Their “Ideal” Emotionally Intelligent Teachers: Exploring the Use of Drawings as a Narrative Tool (pp. 1-10)

Chapter 2 – Levels of Emotional Creativity in the Classroom (pp. 11-16)

Chapter 3 – Emotional Intelligence: Affective and Social Behaviours (pp. 17-26)

Chapter 4 – The “Ideal” Emotional Intelligence Behavioural Profile of the Teacher with Reference to the Classroom Climate (pp. 27-40)

Chapter 5 – The Secret of Happy Teachers: Discussion and Implications (pp. 41-46)


Key terms

List of Figures

List of Tables

Appendix: Emotional Intelligence Training Model: Approach


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