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The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between the levels of emotional intelligence and decision-making of the gifted students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades in the secondary education level. Relational survey model was used in the study. The data was obtained through the implementation of 'Emotional Quotient Inventory' and 'Decision Strategies Scale'; the obtained data was compared and analyzed through SPSS program to determine the relations between the levels of emotional intelligences and decision-making of gifted students. A total of 141 students from 14-19 years of age from the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades of the Science Art Center in a medium-sized province of Turkey during the 2015-2016 academic year participated in the study. The study group consisted of 79 male and 62 female students. The average of gifted students as a result of the implementation of 'Emotional Intelligence Scale' is determined within the limits of 'I agree'. While there was no significant difference between interpersonal relations and adaptation to environmental conditions according to the levels of emotional intelligence of the gifted students and their grades, a significant difference was found between the personal awareness, stress management and general mood sub-scales.
As a result, it was determined that there is a significant positive relationship between emotional intelligence levels and decision-making levels of gifted students. Individuals with high emotional intelligence are expected to be positive and happy individuals who can have positive communication with individuals around them, who are respectful to themselves and their environment, know their boundaries, have empathic skills; they are independent in their decisions and they are aware of their social responsibilities, looking at life with hope and affection. This research finding reveals that as a type of intelligence that can be promoted, the improved levels of emotional intelligence may directly help improve the levels of decision making of students. For this reason, it is suggested that parents are educated about the development of emotional intelligence and the improvement of emotional intelligence.
Keywords: Gifted Students; Emotional Quotient Inventory; Decision Strategies Scale.
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