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face to face occupation, EI is a major
influence on my success as an educator.’
Further use of the EI data
In a pastoral learning and behaviour
management sense, our team has
identified boys in the lowest 10 per cent
of EI scores and recommended assistance
for them in consultation with key
Churchie staff. This may be something as
simple as asking a Housemaster to pay
particular attention to building rapport
with specific students in their house, or it
may involve further intervention by way
of assistance by Churchie’s Psychologist,
or external professionals.
We understand that students are relational
learners and it is our goal to encourage
the very best of relationships within the
school context between students and
their teachers, with EI as a key driver of
this (Reichert & Hawley 2010). Bullies
and their targets have both been found to
demonstrate low levels of EI in the second
factor, Understanding Others’ Emotions.
Low scores in this dimension indicate that
a student lacks those essential social skills
to interact effectively with his peers.
Our Director of Sport is utilising EI
principles to profile key teams in order
to maximise on-field performance. For
example, we have held workshops on the
EI profiles of our First XV rugby team
where the discussions are supported by
current research that links EI to on-field
performance (Downey 2010).
Future links between Churchie and
Swinburne University will explore
the relationship between Churchie
parents’ and their sons’ EI abilities. In
2010 there will be an opportunity for
Churchie parents to complete their EI
self assessment and an EI report will be
generated for them, and comparisons
drawn with the profiles of their sons.
Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie),
East Brisbane, Qld is a Prep to Year 12 school
for boys. It has over 1700 students, including
200 boarders from Years 8 to 12. Churchie’s
Headmaster is Mr Jonathan Hensman.
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Figure 4. The Genos
model of workplace EI
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