Emotional intelligence in gifted students

Moshe Zeidner, Gerald Matthews

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This article aims at shedding light on the emotional intelligence (EI) of gifted and high ability students. We begin by presenting a brief overview of EI theory and research and its relevance to gifted education. We then present theoretical considerations bearing on the nature of the relationship between cognitive and EI. This is followed by a survey of correlational and individual difference research bearing on the EI-high ability nexus. We then move on to present a number of general guidelines for the development of an EI training program designed to foster emotional and social competencies in gifted students. We conclude by offering some broad generalizations about EI in gifted students and point out the areas of needed future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-182
Number of pages20
JournalGifted Education International
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2017

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  • Giftedness
  • competencies
  • emotional
  • emotional intelligence
  • gifted students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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