Personal skills for teachers: Measuring and developing their emotional competencies
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This paper considers how emotional competencies are embedded within current listings of attributes of effective teacher graduates. One conceptualisation of the personal skills that teachers require in effectively managing complex relationships involves the construct of emotional intelligence (EI). Final year teacher education students completed a 360-degree measure of emotional competencies, Emotional Competence Inventory-University edition (ECI-U) and reviewed their development of such attributes. Results suggest that this final semester student cohort gave low ratings to their existing competencies to some of the most highly ranked teacher competencies, supported by industrial and registration standards and measured in the ECI-U clusters of Self-management and Relationship management. The future design of undergraduate programs for professional training of teachers needs to include consideration of development of such competencies and the use of a viable measure of interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies
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