This study aimed at identifying the impact of an Educational Program based on Emotional Intelligence on developing the “Higher Order Thinking Skills” of the tenth-grade students in the Sultanate of Oman. A semi-experimental model was used to achieve the research aims through two groups: experimental and control groups. The population of the study (7370 Ss) was all the Female tenth grade students enrolled in the public schools in the provinces of Muscat and Batinah Southern in the academic year 2017/2018. The sample of the study which consisted of (137 Ss) was randomly distributed in two groups: experimental group (68 Ss) and control (69 Ss). An Educational Program based on Emotional Intelligence according to the Goleman model and a multi-choice Cognitive Test of the higher Order thinking Skills according to Bloom’s Taxonomy (Application, Analysis, Synthesis, Evaluation) were the methods adopted to serve this study. The implementation of the research experiments lasted for two full months. The results of the (ANCOVA) showed statistically significant differences between mean difference of students’ grades on the scale of the cognitive post- test in favor of the experimental group. After isolating the effect of pre-application for each skill of the two groups, the findings indicated that the difference was in favour of the experimental group. These results are attributed to the use of Educational Programme. Given the above-mentioned results, a number of recommendations and suggestions were made. The study emphasised the importance to integrate Emotional Intelligence skills into curriculum to improve learning outcomes. It also recommended the activation of educational strategies and classroom activities in training the students to develop their higher thinking skills. Finally, this study suggested conducting other similar studies in the future.
Emotional Intelligence, Goleman Model, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Higher Order Thinking, Islamic Education