An EI Approach to Parent Communication Amongst In-Service Teachers

  • Giulietta Domenica Harrison
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


This chapter looks at the concept of well-being and quality of life in relation to teacher education in ECCE and the Foundation Phase (FP), and how use of principles of emotional intelligence (EI) leads to improvement in well-being for teachers, parents and learners. Emanating from a call for help by in-service FP teachers who were studying for a B. Ed. (FP) qualification, came the realization that teachers were struggling to connect with learners and parents, resulting in a breakdown in quality of life. This research made use of a Vygotskian theoretical framework, coupled with application of the principles of EI and qualitative comments made by the aforementioned teachers. The result was improved communication between all parties and, in the process, the quality of life for the learner, parent and teacher improved through establishment of positive lines of communication and trust. Another study shows how QOL can potentially be enhanced through training teachers in ECCE to be professional, context adaptive and reflective individuals who place the child at the centre of learning.


Emotional intelligence Conscious mediation Parent communication Quality of life Reflective practice Emoticons Semiotic tools Collaborative learning Practising a concept 


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  • Giulietta Domenica Harrison
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  1. 1.Africa A+ SchoolsGrahamstownSouth Africa

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