Title: Mediating role of emotional intelligence in the relationship between self-directed learning and critical thinking

Authors: Serhat Arslan; Şehrinur Kayıhan

Addresses: Faculty of Education, Sakarya University, Esentepe Campus, Sakarya, 54187, Turkey ' Faculty of Education, Bolu Abant İzzet Baysal University, Gölköy 14030, Turkey

Abstract: The aim of the study was to examine the mediating effects of the emotional intelligence in the relationship between learners' self-directed learning and critical thinking abilities. In accordance with the aim of the research, critical thinking disposition scale, self-directed learning scale, and emotional learning scale were administrated to a sample of 303 university students and results showed that critical thinking and self-directed learning were positively related to emotional intelligence. Besides, analysis showed that the self-directed learning on critical thinking ability was mediated by emotional intelligence.

Keywords: critical thinking; self-directed learning; emotional intelligence.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLC.2020.10023687

International Journal of Learning and Change, 2020 Vol.12 No.4, pp.416 - 427

Received: 18 Jan 2019
Accepted: 16 Apr 2019

Published online: 16 Sep 2020 *

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