By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
This article tracks the history of emotional intelligence research and contextualizes the salience of EI skills in today’s world.
In the past few decades educators and psychologists have been making an effort to understand intelligence and achievement on a more nuanced level than in the past. When Alfred Binet developed his “intelligence” tests in the early years of the 20th century, he revolutionized the educational field by providing tools to measure and predict students’ success. Unfortunately, standard tests came to rely almost exclusively on the sort of intelligence revealed by these instruments: the kind that correlates highly with success in typical Western school systems but not necessarily with real world achievement.