EFFECTS OF PSYCHO-EDUCATION ON EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND INTEREST OF STUDENTS IN SCIENCE BASED SUBJECTS

Author: Uwakwe Rowland Chukwuemeka
Department: Guidance and Counselling
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

This study investigated effects of psycho-education on emotional intelligence and interest of students in science based subjects. True experimental study with pre-test post-test design was adopted. Four research questions were posed and four hypotheses formulated to guide the study. The sample size consisted of 100 Senior Secondary Two (SS2) students with low emotional intelligence and low interest drawn purposefully from two secondary schools in Aba North Local Government Area of Abia State; they were randomly assigned to treatment and control groups. Data were collected using Scale of Emotional Intelligence (SEI) and Science Interest Survey (SIS) validated by experts and duely tested for reliability. The reliability values were 0.84 (SEI) and 0.91 (SIS). Mean gain scores were used to answer research question while ANCOVA was used in testing the hypotheses. The result indicated that psycho-education technique is effective in enhancing emotional intelligence and interest of students in science based subjects. That psycho-education was more effective in enhancing the emotional intelligence of male than female students. The result also revealed that psycho-education was more effective in enhancing the science interest of female than male students. Based on the findings and their implications, it was recommended among others that school guidance counsellors should incorporate psycho-education as part of counselling technique to enhance students’ emotional intelligence and interest in science based subjects.

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