This presentation will discuss the teaching of emotional intelligence and cultural competency to student seeking their masters and doctoral degrees in area in which a knowledge and understanding of emotional intelligence and cultural competency is an important component of their learning experience. The course was designed to focus on the workings of the brain as related to emotional intelligence and social learning which may in turn increase one’s understanding of human responses to life situations. In addition, the course explores the research and practices that address emotional intelligence and cultural competency and its application to education and organizational settings. Initially, the Department of International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco developed the course as an elective for its graduate students who were working with diverse populations. However, other professional schools at the University have since expressed an interested in this course offering. Why teach his course? Over the past decade, the work by researchers in the fields of neuroscience, brain development, psychology and education have discovered that factors involved in emotional intelligence such as self awareness, self discipline and empathy are different ways of being smart. Thus there exists in humans a broader range of abilities than just than IQ (Goleman, 1995), (Gardner, 1999, 2004). These multiply views and intelligences that relate to emotions have a significant impact upon how individuals perform in schooling, work and life in general. The course outcomes include: A working knowledge of the evolution, anatomy and physiology of the brain, in particular the amygdala related to emotional and social intelligence; Understanding how emotions play a part in human personal development and how emotions can be managed; Identifying the areas of cultural competency and its impact upon learning and schooling.
|Keywords:||Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Competency, Graduate Teaching, Curriculum Development|
Professor, International and Multicultural Education, School of Education, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA
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