Emotional intelligence is an intrinsic part of learning and is in fact, a core component in not simply achieving results, but also in facilitating an energized, inclusive journey towards them. Unsurprisingly, feelings, inquisitive thoughts and positive emotions or reactions throughout the learning process and enhance the overall experience of acquiring skills and knowledge. Educators have become acutely aware of this and have begun to integrate practices which evoke positive emotions and relationships at each stage of learning, working to motivate students to stick to their pursuit of knowledge. A world of learning theories and approaches are out there, yet this model of whole-brain learning is particularly interesting as it encompasses a learning hierarchy, of which there are four key stages; self-awareness, self-management, empathy and social awareness and relationship management.
The first level of learning is directed towards self-awareness. Essentially, this stage invites learners to become more conscious of their involvement in learning and encourages active participation which in turn, illustrates learners’ interest. It also allows the student to figure out what kind of learner they are and how they learn best as the cerebral light is switched on.
With the deepest corners of the brain activated in this initial stage, progress comes in the form of self-understanding and each learners’ growing confidence in their abilities. They begin to realise which topics inspire their undivided attention and apply this interest to their training.
Students learn the art of self-management which derives from the energy, optimism and overall enjoyment gained from learning new skills. This stage clearly highlights the emotional states which contribute to effective learning; trust, a positive mental attitude and commitment to name a few.
Teamwork at this stage signals the importance of trust with regard to shared-objectives. During such practice, learners are working towards the same goal and want to help each other succeed. This unspoken, mutual effort gives learners that boost of energy and ultimately, enjoyment in simply working with others. As the saying goes- good things come in pairs! Self-management also encompasses self-study; a result of unyielding motivation.
Empathy and social awareness
Kindness and compassion is accessed during this stage as it focuses on developing rapport with team mates and those whom you serve i.e. colleagues and clients. This adds value to the experience by giving learners the chance to collaborate and empathise with others, which creates a stronger sense of commitment to the organisation’s overall vision. When kindness and consideration are taken into account and modeled through training, this sets a precedent for employees to continue in this way throughout their working lives.
Finally, good training programs work to promote the explicit fact that reducing conflict, enhancing cooperation and empowering leadership are essential factors for any team to flourish. These are all found in relationship management, which sets the tone for future performance and transforms energy and excitement into thorough communication, engagement and company longevity.
This adult learning theory is one of many, yet makes perfect sense to both the participator and tutor. Integrating activities to draw out such emotions from learners will make the most of their potential and provide a wealth of endless benefits to their psyche and undoubtedly, their professional growth, as well as the growth and success of their organisations.