An Examination into the Impact of an Experience-based Course on Students’ Emotional Competency Development

in Sport Management Education Journal

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Beth J. SheehanSouthern New Hampshire University

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Mark A. McDonaldUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst

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Scant research has been conducted on the relationship between experience-based courses and emotional competency development (Ashkanasy & Dasborough, 2003; Brown, 2003; Clark, Callister & Wallace, 2003; Jaeger, 2002). The current study utilized a mixed method design to determine if students’ emotional competency could be developed during only one semester without any formal instruction in emotional intelligence theory. Changes in the experimental group and differences between experimental and comparison group students’ emotional competency were investigated using quantitative (ECI-U) and qualitative (Critical Incident Interview and exit interview) methods. Study results supported the contention that an experienced-based course can positively impact students’ emotional competency development.

Address correspondence to: Beth Sheehan, Sport Management Department, School of Business, Southern New Hampshire University, 2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106-1045.
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