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Chapter 6: An emotional intelligence perspective on Gross Psychological Aptitude and its relation to entrepreneurship behavior: insights from high school students

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entrepreneurship education, pedagogy, emotional intelligence, high school students, academic success, emotional well-being

Abstract (summary)

In this book chapter we propose the idea of transcribing the Gross Psychological Aptitude (GPA) of high school students as a measure and assessment of their emotional intelligence (EI), which is one's competency/ability to identify, evaluate, control and express emotions. Cultivating and monitoring EI early would set high schoolers for success in schools, universities and eventually in their careers, including as entrepreneurs. Additionally, based on their assessment of emotional competencies, one can predict and match their ideal areas-of-study where they are most likely to succeed (such as majors, colleges, departments, etc.). One such matched area could be entrepreneurship. Using a questionnaire based on Petrides and Furham's Trait EQ/EI dimensions, our survey of 121 high schoolers from across ten states in the US provides insights into the links between several facets of their EI (such as self-control, motivations, social skills, empathy, etc.) and new venture creation behaviors, suggesting that emotional competencies are associated with entrepreneurship.

Publication Information

Pathak, S., Muralidharan, E., Jha, K. (2022) An Emotional Intelligence Perspective on Gross Psychological Aptitude (GPA) and its relation to Entrepreneurship Behavior: Insights from High School Students. In Annals of Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy, Vol (5), pp: 96-119.  Matthews, C., & Santos, S.C. (Eds.) Edward Elgar Publishing.


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