Theory and Practice in Language Studies, Vol 2, No 6 (2012), 1291-1299, Jun 2012

On the Correlation between Emotional Intelligence and Learning Styles: The Case of Iranian Academic EFL Learners

Parviz Alavinia, Sara Ebrahimpour


Known as the intelligent use of emotions, EQ has long been scrutinized from a multitude of varied perspectives. Likewise, literature on learning styles also enjoys a sufficient amount of depth and breadth. Yet, the ostensible bonds between these two constructs have rarely been addressed by the research community. Hence, the current study seeks to look into the viable relationship between emotional intelligence and learning styles of freshman Iranian EFL learners. To this end, two questionnaires, i.e. Bar-On’s EQ-i (1997) as well as a user-friendly version of learning styles questionnaire developed by Chislett and Chapman (2005) were administered to 132 students (42 males and 90 females). The final analysis of data, implemented mainly through the use of Pearson product moment correlation and t-test, pointed to a positive meaningful relationship between emotional intelligence and learning styles (r = 0.66). Furthermore, in line with the findings, a significant difference was found to be at work with regard to the performance of different genders on Bar-On’s EQ-i.


Bar-On’s EQ-i; emotional intelligence; learning styles



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