Improving Learners' Emotional Intelligence And Enhancing Their Success In Life

Kobus Maree, SA



Despite unacceptably high suicide, poverty, and crime levels and being named the global epicentre of the HIV&AIDS pandemic, many South African institutions still focus narrowly on "increasing cognitive capacity, competencies and skills like acquiring new knowledge, recalling facts and figures and applying this information to reasoning, understanding and solving problems" (Bar-On, 2003, p. 3). In the light of the increasing interest globally in positive psychology or the study of human strengths, educators have recently called for an increased emphasis on Emotional Intelligence facilitation, since the timely facilitation of learners' Emotional Intelligence could significantly improve their ability to deal better with, adapt to and cope with changing surroundings. In this paper, a number of pathways aimed at improving learners' emotional intelligence and enhancing their success in life are highlighted.


Prof Maree is a professor in the Faculty of Education and editor of Perspectives in Education.   A triple doctorate, he is internationally recognised for his work in e.g. career counselling and emotional intelligence facilitation.


His research focuses on optimising the achievement of learners and providing cost-effective career facilitation to all persons.


As the author or co-author of more than 50 books and chapters in books and 90 articles in accredited scholarly journals, and recipient of many awards for his research, he is frequently interviewed on radio and television.


In 2007, he received the Exceptional Academic Achiever Award (UP) for a second term (2007-2009).


Prof Maree was elected as a member of the South African Academy for Science and Arts in 2003 and elected as a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in 2006. He is a rated researcher (NRF).