Vol. 3, Issue 9 (2016)
A study of social intelligence of B.Ed. student teachers in Namakkal District
Author(s): Arthi S, Dr. Tamilselvi B
Abstract: Social Intelligence is the ability to understand and manage men and women, boys and girls, to act wisely in human relations. Social intelligence enables a person to build a healthy relation with others. Social Intelligence is very important to lead a successful life. It has become one of the vital skills for the teachers. The B.Ed. student teachers, as the future teachers, should be socially intelligent to handle the present generation of students well. So the present study aimed to find out the social intelligence of B.Ed. student teachers’ in relation to the demographic variables viz., gender, locality of residence and medium of instruction. In the present study normative survey method of research was adopted. The sample consisted of 724 B.Ed. student teachers from ten Colleges of Education from Namakkal District selected by random sampling technique. Data were analyzed using mean, standard deviation and ’t’ test. The major findings of the study revealed that there is significant difference between the B.Ed. student teachers’ social intelligence based on their locality of residence, whereas there is no significant difference between the B.Ed. Student teachers’ social intelligence based on gender and medium of instruction. It was also found that there is significant difference between Male and Female B.Ed. student teachers in their social intelligence dimension - Patience and significant difference between Rural and Urban B.Ed. student teachers in their social intelligence dimension Memory. But there is no significant difference found between Tamil and English Medium B.Ed. student teachers in their social intelligence dimensions such as Patience, Cooperativeness, Confidence, Sensitivity, Sense of humour, Tactfulness and Memory.