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    Engaging students emotionally: the role of emotional intelligence in predicting cognitive and affective engagement in higher education


    Maguire, Rebecca and Egan, Arlene and Hyland, Philip and Maguire, Phil (2017) Engaging students emotionally: the role of emotional intelligence in predicting cognitive and affective engagement in higher education. PharmacoEconomics, 35 (5). pp. 591-601. ISSN 1170-7690

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    Abstract

    Student engagement is a key predictor of academic performance, persistence and retention in higher education. While many studies have identified how aspects of the college environment influence engagement, fewer have specifically focused on emotional intelligence (EI). In this study, we sought to explore whether EI could predict cognitive and/or affective engagement in a sample of undergraduate psychology students in Ireland. Ninety-one students completed two forms of the student engagement instrument, rating current engagement and retrospective secondary school engagement, along with the trait EI (TEI) questionnaire. After controlling for academic ability, gender and school engagement, multiple regression analyses found TEI to be a positive predictor of both cognitive and affective engagement. Previous academic performance acted as an additional predictor of cognitive engagement, while retrospective affective school engagement predicted current affective engagement. These results suggest that interventions aimed at increasing EI may have positive implications for many aspects of student engagement, and hence performance at third level.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Rebecca Maguire, Arlene Egan, Philip Hyland & Phil Maguire (2017) Engaging students emotionally: the role of emotional intelligence in predicting cognitive and affective engagement in higher education, Higher Education Research & Development, 36:2, 343-357, DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2016.1185396
    Keywords: cognitive and affective engagement; higher education; Ireland; student engagement; trait emotional intelligence;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 10615
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2016.1185396
    Depositing User: Rebecca Maguire
    Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2019 14:39
    Journal or Publication Title: PharmacoEconomics
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
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