The emotional intelligence of students indirectly contributes to academic success in information technology studies, preliminary results from a study led by Virginia Tech researchers show. The research team, led by Pamplin College of Business faculty members, measured how well students in computer science and information systems coped with stressful situations and their levels of emotional intelligence, defined as "the ability to perceive, assess, and positively influence personal and others' emotions."
The researchers then examined
the effects of these intrapersonal factors on their grades. More than 600 undergraduates
at more than 20 institutions in the United States participated in the study,
based on a series of questionnaires designed to measure coping strategies and
"One of the study's premises was that meeting the challenges of demanding curricula often requires more than innate intelligence," said France Belanger, an associate professor of accounting and information systems and a member of the research team. "To explore this assumption, we measured coping strategies and emotional intelligence -- two intrapersonal variables that are rarely studied in the computing field."
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