Investigating the status of moral intelligence and its components in students of sanabad higher education institute
One`s ability of using moral principles in life is called moral intelligence. Improving the level of students' moral intelligence, as the country's future makers, is of utmost importance. This study aimed at investigating the level of moral intelligence and its related domains in students of Sanabad, Golbahar, Higher Education Institute in 2018. This descriptive-analytical study was performed on 110 students of Sanabad Higher Education Institute. The standard questionnaire of Link and Kiel was used as the research tool. Scoring was based on a five-point Likert scale. Finally, the data were analyzed using SPSS software. 242 students (126 girls and 116 boys) of Sanabad Higher Education Institute having the mean age of 20.49 ± 2.97 years, participated in the study. The mean score of students' moral intelligence was 65.82 ±10.62. The mean score of integrity component was 16.50 ±2.82, responsibility component was 16.49 ±2.77, forgiveness component was 15.70 ±2.48, and empathy component was 16.33 ±2.92. There was no significant differences between the score of moral intelligence and students 'gender (p = 0.24) as well as their age (p = 0.57); but, there was a significant difference between the mean score of students' moral intelligence and field of study (p = 0.000). Students of Sanabad Higher Education Institute were at a moderate level of moral intelligence, which can be upgraded to the good and very good level. Holding educational programs, encouraging students to self-motivation and modeling high-profile individuals in the field of ethics are suggested to enhance the level of moral intelligence.