Title: The relationship between emotional intelligence and the academic achievements of hearing impaired students in higher education in Thailand

Authors: Saisuda Pantrakool; Sumalee Chanchalor

Addresses: Division of Learning Innovation and Technology, Faculty of Industrial Education and Technology, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, 126 Pracha-Uthit Road, Bang Mod, Thung Khru, Bangkok 10140, Thailand ' Division of Learning Innovation and Technology, Faculty of Industrial Education and Technology, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, 126 Pracha-Uthit Road, Bang Mod, Thung Khru, Bangkok 10140, Thailand

Abstract: The research aims to investigate the relationship between emotional intelligence and the academic achievements of students with hearing impairments (deaf) in Thai and English and a computer course in higher education in Thailand. The population size consisted of 207 students, of which 56.04% were female and 43.96% male. Their average age was 20.33 years old (SD = 0.49). The study found that women have higher emotional intelligence than men, except for self-esteem and life satisfaction. Also, the study revealed that the Pearson correlation coefficients between gender and age are negatively correlated for the academic achievements in the classes for Thai, English and the computer course. However, there appears to be a positive relationship between hearing achievements and those Thai and English courses. Furthermore, regarding the path diagram, the variables self-motivation, life satisfaction and self-esteem contribute positively to academic achievements; however, the variables relationship, happiness and self-control negatively impact academic achievements.

Keywords: academic achievements; emotional intelligence; deaf; hearing impaired; higher education; students; relationship; self-motivation; innovation learning; life-satisfaction; self-esteem; happiness; self-control; Thailand.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2018.091093

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2018 Vol.23 No.3, pp.353 - 367

Received: 10 Jan 2017
Accepted: 02 Apr 2017

Published online: 30 Jan 2018 *

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