Pre-Service Teachers’ Personal Traits and Emotional Skills: A Structural Model of General Mental Ability

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Title: Pre-Service Teachers’ Personal Traits and Emotional Skills: A Structural Model of General Mental Ability
Authors: Izquierdo, Andrea | Gilar-Corbi, Raquel | Pozo-Rico, Teresa | Castejón, Juan Luis
Research Group/s: Investigación en Inteligencias, Competencia Social y Educación (SOCEDU) | Habilidades, Competencias e Instrucción
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y Didáctica
Keywords: Pre-service teachers | General mental ability | Personal traits | Emotional intelligence | Structural equation model
Issue Date: 24-Oct-2023
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: SAGE Open. 2023.
Abstract: Teachers’ personal traits and emotional skills impact the quality of the teaching they deliver. Therefore, this study analyzes the relationship between pre-service teachers’ general mental ability, personal traits, and perceived emotional intelligence, so as to present a structural model of general mental ability. It uses a sample of 196 final-year teaching students at a university in Spain (80.1% women, Myears = 22.96). The results of the structural equation model analysis reveal that personal traits and intelligence variables contribute the most to explaining the pre-service teachers’ level of training. Regarding the pre-service teachers’ academic achievement, conscientiousness and intelligence are direct predictors; negative neuroticism and conscientiousness are indirect predictors. The findings highlight the importance of working on these variables in the study of teacher training because they relate to relevant aspects of teachers’ work and can help to achieve a quality educational environment.
Sponsor: This research has been funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033/FEDER, UE (Project Ref. PID2021-125279OB-100), and by the Own Program of the Vice-Rector’s Office for Research of the University of Alicante for the Promotion of R+D+I (Reference GRE20-22-A).
ISSN: 2158-2440
DOI: 10.1177/21582440231204179
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © The Author(s) 2023. Creative Commons CC BY: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License ( which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
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