Turn the Bus model and Emotional Intelligence
Research shows that Emotional Intelligence is a predictor of success of online learning environments
Emotional intelligence characteristics like self-confidence, self-esteem, independent thinking, previous achievements and ambition are inherently linked to performance and academic success. The model of emotional intelligence, was first linked to academic excellence by Salvoey and Mayer in 1990.
The research conducted by the team laid down the predictors of success in academics. Essentially online learning and technology supported environments have an emotional component. High self-efficacy and emotional intelligence is significantly corelated to academic achievement. Recent research from Bihar has corroborated that the teachers have an important role in increasing emotional intelligence linked academic performance of students. Optimism instilled in students by teachers, leads to higher emotional intelligence and better academic performance.
How TTB has addressed the element of EI in online learning
As the pandemic took-over human lives, avenues of physical interaction, competitive environment in schools and finally restriction of youth to domestic affairs (due to restricted movement), led to immediate consequences and hit the emotional intelligence of human kind and especially, youth at the verge of completing their schools and entering professional space.
Turn the Bus worked on building resilience and helping Bihar graduates deal with uncertainty during the pandemic times. The Organisation engaged with the students through a ‘toppers as tutors’ strategy where the students were connected through virtual dialogues and videos, thereby working on the students’ confidence, independent-thinking and making pathways for continuing their education, while the schools were closed. Emotional intelligence has a direct impact on optimism.
More must be done for the girl-child
In the course of implementing the pilot EdTech programme in rural Bihar (across 500+ high school students), the gender gap that that exists in education in the served communities poses a significant obstacle for the girl student. Preliminary research and data from our program indicate that girls face multiple barriers - poverty, domestic violence, less than fair-share access to infrastructure, lack of parental support, and deeply entrenched social and cultural barriers. Turn The Bus realizes that girls need to be prioritized when providing emotional support and optimistic conversations to help complete their schooling. The Jeevika (SHG workers) in Bihar are the women community working to navigate their family environment and sign them up for the Turn the Bus application.
Turn the Bust app - perfect opportunity to reach to more students
Motivation, optimism, and commitment contribute to learning and professional success. It is essential to be proactive, constantly upgrade, stay relevant and rely on ourselves to take our careers forward. This is what Turn the Bus is visualizing while working with the young girls and boys in Bihar. Turn the Bus strives to improve their skills. Relationship management strategies and inspirational leadership of Turn the Bus has helped build trust on-ground and bring more students on board for Turn the Bus application programme.
 The role of emotional intelligence in online learning; file:///D:/Current_User_BMFG-1/Download/The_role_of_emotional_intelligence_in_on.pdf
 Emotional Intelligence: A study on university students; Journal of Education and Learning (EduLearn); November 2019