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Emotional intelligence


  • Influence: Emotional intelligence
  • Domain: Student
  • Sub-Domain: Emotions
  • Potential to Accelerate Student Achievement: Potential to considerably accelerate
  • Influence Definition: Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions through use of skills in regulation, management, and expression of emotion-related information as well as self-control and self-motivation. These skills are applied in positive ways to communicate effectively, relieve stress, empathize with others, overcome challenges and diffuse problems.


  • Number of meta-analyses: 11
  • Number of studies: 567
  • Number of students: 133,961
  • Number of effects: 1,845
  • Weighted mean effect size: 0.50
  • Robustness index: 5


Journal Title Author First Author's Country Article Name Year Published Variable Number of Studies Number of Students Number of Effects Effect Size
Psychological Bulletin MacCann, Jiang, Brown, Double, Bucich, & Minbashian Australia Emotional Intelligence predicts academic performance: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin. 2019 Emotional intelligence 162 42,529 188 0.41
Annals of Psychology Puertas-Molero, Zurita-Ortega, Chacón-Cuberos, Castro-Sánchez, Ramírez-Granizo, & Gonzalex-Valero Spain Emotional intelligence in the field of education: a meta-analysis 2020 Emotional intelligence 20 0 20 0.73
American Journal of Education Manimozhi & Srinivasan India Emotional Intelligence and academic achievement 2018 Emotional intelligence 25 6,683 20 0.85
Journal Pendidikan Progresif Martaputri, Muhtadi, Hukom, & Samal Indonesia The Correlation between Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement: A Meta Analysis Study 2021 Emotional intelligence 20 5,737 20 0.61
Developmental Neuropsychology Somaa, Asghar & Hamid Saudi Arabia Academic Performance and Emotional Intelligence with Age and Gender as Moderators: A Meta-analysis 2021 Emotional intelligence 161 43,630 1,357 0.30
Acta facultatis medicae Naissensis Ranjbar, Khademi, & Areshtanab Iran The relation between academic achievement and emotional intelligence in Iranian students: A meta-analysis.  2017 Emotional intelligence 23 4,643 23 0.32
International Journal of Instruction Kalan, Mohammad, Avarsin, & Najafi Iran A meta-analysis of the relationship between emotional intelligence and academic achievement in Persian speakers databases.  2018 Emotional intelligence 18 0 18 0.95
International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science Emaikwu Nigeria Meta-analysis of effect size statistic on the relationship between emotional intelligence and academic achievement in North Central Nigeria 2021 Emotional intelligence 29 9,613 29 1.35
Education Sciences Quílez-Robres, Moyano, & Cortés-Pascual Spain Motivational, Emotional, and Social Factors Explain Academic Achievement in Children Aged 6–12 Years: A Meta-Analysis. 2021 Emotional 12 3,931 12 0.35
Learning and Individual Differences Perera & DiGiacomo Australia The relationship of trait emotional intelligence with academic performance: A meta-analytic review 2013 Emotional intelligence 48 10,292 74 0.41
Learning and Individual Differences Voltmer & von Salisch Germany Three meta-analyses of children's emotion knowledge and their school success 2017 Emotional knowledge 49 6,903 84 0.68
TOTAL/AVERAGE 567 133,961 1,845 0.63
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