AbstractThis abtract was orginally presented as paper but was change to a poster. It presented insights from an innovative practice-led research and applied learning project that explores emotional intelligence, academic performance and design thinking among final year students on BA Design Management and Cultures course at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts. T he project was underpinned by primary and secondary research that shows emotional intelligence as a critical predictor of academic performance, work and life success (Salovey and Mayer 1990; Goleman 1995; Seal et al 2010; Petrides et al 2007). Practice-led research within design industry shows that here is a correlation between emotional and design thinking – a human-centred approach to problem solving. Tim Brown (2008), CEO IDEO identified a number of the personal traits that design thinkers and strategist should have such as empathy and optimism T he insights were based on qualitative interpretative data from a range of sources include students’ interpretative analysis of their Trait Emotional Intelligence reports, reflective writings to evidence the impact of emotional intelligence on their well-being, academic performance and employability potential. As as tutor and and emotional intelligence practitioner, the author explored emotional intelligence learning within curriculum development, teaching and learning pedagogy, the University’s ‘Creative Attributes Framework’ to improve students’ academic performance and employability. The findings will inform how the course curriculum and evaluation system are redesigned to include emotional intelligence as a key aptitude for developing design leaders, managers and strategist in changing global world. Seal et al (2010) advocates that it is not enough to produce the brightest and the best technically minded experts. Universities must seek to develop the whole person, better prepare graduates for future success. Students who are able to develop their capacity to understand themselves, the world, build meaningful relationships and foster positive change have the advantage in education, work and life. The poster was a co-presentation by the author and recent graduate of the BA Design Management and Cultures course, Calvin England.
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Salmon, Maureen <http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/view/creators/Salmon=3AMaureen=3A=3A.html> (2017) Emotional Intelligence + Academic Performance + Design Thinking. In: the International Congress on Emotional Intelligence (6th ICEI), 19-22 July 2017, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences – University of Porto, Portugal.