The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence and Students’ Attitude Towards Computers: A Study on Polytechnic Engineering Students

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Jeya Amantha Kumar 1,* Balakrishnan Muniandy 1 Wan Ahmad Jaafar Wan Yahaya 1

1. Centre of Instructional Technology and Multimedia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

* Corresponding author.


Received: 5 Jun. 2012 / Revised: 12 Jul. 2012 / Accepted: 10 Aug. 2012 / Published: 8 Sep. 2012

Index Terms

Attitude towards Computers, Emotional Intelligence, Engineering Education, Emotions


Computers are perceived as an important tool in the world of education. Computer technology today when used in teaching and learning could open the world to students. However when learning is concern, emotions relevant to learning should not be forgotten. Thus emotional intelligence should be considered when computers and learning is concern. There is very little research on the effect of emotional intelligence on learning and on technology. As learning with technology relates to computers, thus this study focuses on the relationship between emotional intelligence and attitudes towards computer. Based on this study it was found that emotional intelligence of the polytechnic engineering students was average and their attitudes towards computers were positive. The relationship between emotional intelligence and attitude towards computer is positive but very weak. Significant difference were found when gender was compared however CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) and ownership of computers did not affect this relationship.

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Jeya Amantha Kumar, Balakrishnan Muniandy, Wan Ahmad Jaafar Wan Yahaya, "The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence and Students’ Attitude Towards Computers: A Study on Polytechnic Engineering Students", International Journal of Modern Education and Computer Science(IJMECS), vol.4, no.9, pp.14-22, 2012. DOI:10.5815/ijmecs.2012.09.02 


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