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The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in the Management of a Playwork Setting.

Boddey, J. and Hodgkins, Angela ORCID: (2015) The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in the Management of a Playwork Setting. Journal of Playwork Practice, 3 (3). pp. 81-84. ISSN Print: 2053-1621 Online: 2053-163X

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Our philosophy, as a manager and former manager of playwork settings, is that the most important resource in the setting is the people involved within it. James has managed a playwork setting for four years and Angela has managed a range of play settings during her twenty year career. At the beginning of our careers, we both believed that acquiring experience and knowledge of children and associated theory was the key to effective training and development. However as our careers developed, our opinions changed. Goleman’s (1996) work on Emotional Intelligence has had a significant impact on how James leads and supports his playwork team, and in this article we reflect on how an appreciation of emotional intelligence may produce more effective playwork practitioners

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This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in the Journal of Playwork Practice. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: - See more at:

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: playwork settings, children, management, emotional intelligence, playwork practitioners
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Depositing User: Angela Hodgkins
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2015 15:16
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2022 04:00

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