Author(s): Cihan Kilic, Mine Celikoz
In this study, the emotional intelligence levels of secondary school students were determined and the relationship between the sub-dimensions of emotional intelligence and grade levels, parental education levels and academic achievement variables was examined. The research was carried out with the correlational model, one of the relational screening models. In the study, 328 students selected by cluster sampling method from 9 Anatolian High Schools and 3 Science High Schools, which were determined by the easily accessible sampling method in the universe of Kocaeli province, were included in the sample. The Emotional Intelligence Trait Scale-Short Form adapted into Turkish by Deniz, Özer and I??k (2013) was used as a data collection tool. According to the findings obtained from the research; students are above average in terms of total emotional intelligence and sub-dimensions of well-being, self-control, emotionality and sociability. Emotional intelligence of students does not differ according to their grade level. There is a significant but weak relationship between the education levels of both parents and the total emotional intelligence score averages of the students. Finally, there is a significant but low level relationship between students' emotional intelligence sub-dimensions, sociability, emotionality, well-being and self-control, and academic success, and these dimensions explain only 0.7% of their academic success. These findings obtained in the research are discussed in relation to the literature and some suggestions are presented.