Psychology Research Unit

Indian Statistical Institute

Seventy First Annual Report

(April 2002-March 2003)

Research Projects Publications Proceedings Scientific assignments Award

 

3. RESEARCH AND OTHER SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES:

3.1 Short term memory span assessment with successive decrease in stimulus presentation time : Preliminary data collection was over and the analysis is going on to determine effect of individual differences on the memory span with successive decrease in stimulus presentation time. Findings will be useful in exploring several issues of short-term memorizing capacity and pattern of forgetting.

3.2 Organizational health of Rural banks : Data collection from rural banks was over and it is in progress from urban banks. Findings will be useful in development of optimized human resource management models to improve Quality of working lives of employees of both rural and urban banks.

3.3 Self-Construal, Personal Values and Attitude towards Dowry : The study has been conducted on college students of two different cultures to find out how self-construal and personal values influence one's attitude towards dowry. Findings indicate that gender and culture have an important role in the formation of attitude towards dowry. Significant difference was observed on different dimensions of personal values, self-construal and attitude towards dowry with respect to gender and culture.

4. INTERNALLY/EXTERNALLY FUNDED PROJECTS

4.1 Internally funded Plan projects

4.1.1 a) Name of the Project : Development of questionnaire for assessment of reading and writing motivation of Boys and Girls' of Grades III & IV : Final project report has been submitted to the Director of ISI. Findings are important for development of teaching models for reading and writing motivation of students in primary education. b) Name of the project leader : Debdulal Dutta Roy c) Unit involved : Psychology Research Unit d) Status : Completed on 31.03.2003

4.1.2 a) Name of the Project : Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Individualism- Collectivism : The objective of the study was to find out the personality characteristics, task motivation and individualist-collectivist orientation of small-scale entrepreneurs. Data have been collected from West Bengal, Karnataka, Gujarat and some North-Eastern states of India. The data so far analyzed reveal that there is positive relationship between success rate and task motivation and individualist orientation of entrepreneurs. Most of the entrepreneurs were found to be first generation entrepreneurs and it indicates that they have a desire to achieve something on their own efforts and be independent. b) Name of the project leader : Anjali Ghosh c) Unit involved : Psychology Research Unit d) Status : Completed on 31.03.2003

4.1.3 a) Name of the Project : A study on Socio-Psychological Aspects of Mental Retardation : The project proposes a Socio-Psychological study of moderately and mildly mentally retarded pupils who get themselves enrolled in the normal Primary schools, but can not cope up with the school curriculum. The study has been conducted in three North-Eastern states, viz., Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Tripura. Data collection has been completed, Data Processing is progressing and the final report is expected soon. b) Name of the project leader : S.N. Banerjee c) Unit involved : Psychology Research Unit d) Status : Completed on 31.03.2003

4.1.4 a) Name of the Project : Study of the results of H.S., CBSE and ICSE in West Bengal : The objective of the study is to analyze the results of three important public examinations and compare the standards of three systems by the method of horizontal equating. A stratified multistage sampling scheme has been adopted for the purpose. All districts of West Bengal other than Kolkata have been divided in three strata. Two districts from each stratum have been selected by Rao, Hartley and Cochran's (JRSS, B, 1962) scheme of sampling using number of schools in the district as the size measures. Six sets of random samples of schools from six districts and one set from Kolkata has been selected by SRSWOR. Approval and cooperation from the council of Higher Secondary Examination, West Bengal board of Secondary Education, Central Board of Secondary Education and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations have been ensured. Materials relevant for the project have been collected from the respective Boards. Different schedules for the study have been prepared. Syllabus and Question papers for last ten years have been collected and content of evaluation is being examined for Physics, Mathematics and English. d) Names of the project leader : Subir K. Mitra and Rumki Gupta. e) Unit involved : Psychology Research Unit d) Status : On-going

4.2 Externally Funded Projects

4.2.1 a) Name of the Project : Audit Sampling-PhaseII b) Account Number of the Project : 203 c) Names of the Project Leader : T.J. Rao and Arijit Chowdhury d) Units Involved : PSY, ASU, PAMU and Stat-Math e) Funded by : Department of Finance, Government of West Bengal. f) Status : On-going g) Income-sharing or not : NA 7.

SCIENTIFIC PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS

7.2 Papers published in journals

7.2.1 Banerjee S.N.: A study on the vernacular competencies of the Primary school dropouts in the line of minimum level of learning, Journal of Education and Psychology, 59 & 60, 4 & 1, 2002.

7.2.2 Chattopadhyay, R. & Ghosh, A.: Predicting Entrepreneur success : A Socio-Psychological Study. The Journal of Entrepreneurship, II, 1, 21-31, 2002.

7.2.3 Chattopadhyay, R. & Ghosh, A. (2002) : Role of Demographic and Socio-Cultural variables on Entrepreneurial success : A study based on a group of Entrepreneurs from West Bengal. Social Science International, 18, 2, 83-93, 2002.

7.2.4 Chattopadhyay, R. & Ghosh, A.: Effect of locus of Control on Individualism-Collectivism and Achievement value in a group of college students. Indian Journal of Psychological Issues, 10, 1&2, 75-79, 2002.

7.2.5 Dasgupta, A.; Ghosh, A. & Sengupta, D.: Literacy movement in West Bengal : Decentralization and People's Participation. West Bengal, XLIV, 7, 68-72, 2002.

7.2.6 Dutta Roy, D. & Paul, M.: Reading motivation of children in grades III and IV, Indian Educational Review, 38, 1, 43-51, 2002.

7.2.7 Dutta Roy, D.: Computer programming job analysis, Management and Labour Studies, 27, 4, 255-262, 2002.

7.2.8 Dutta Roy, D.: Correspondence between item and rating on the checklist of relative importance of computer programming tasks., Journal of Psychometry, 16, 2, 67-76, 2002.

7.2.9 Dutta Roy, D.: Aptitude Importance Profile Similarity of Computer Programmers Across Different Organizations, Indian Journal of Psychological Issues, 10, 1&2, 129-132, 2002.

7.2.10 Ghosh, A.: Development of Entrepreneurial Task Motivation Scale, Psychological Studies, 47, 1-3, 153-158, 2002.

7.3 Papers published in conference proceedings

7.3.1 Banerjee, S.N. : A study on the Minimum Level of Learning of the lower and backward class pupils at the end of their Primary Education. Proceedings of the second social science congress, vol-2, Dr. Asish Basu & Dr. Debi Chatterjee (Editor), Indian Academy of Social Sciences, West Bengal Unit, Hooghly, 185, 2002.

7.3.2 Banerjee, S.N. : A study on Mental Retardation among the Primary school pupils of Darjeeling Hill Region. Proceedings of the 90th Indian Science Congress, section of Anthropological and Behavioural Sciences, (including Archaeology, Psychology and Educational Sciences, vol-90, Prof. L.I. Bhushan (Editor), Indian Science Congress Association, Bangalore, 41-42, 2003.

7.3.3 Banerjee, S.N. : A study on Mental Retardation among the Primary School Pupils of West Bengal. (Bengali), West Bengal State Science & Technology Congress, vol-10, West Bengal State Council of Science & Technology and West Bengal Bigyan Mancha (Editor), West Bengal State Council of Science & Technology and West Bengal Bigyan Mancha, Vidyasagar University, Midnapur, 126, 2003.

7.3.4 Bhattacharya, Himani : A study on the identification of subnormal pupils enrolled in the Primary Schools of Hooghly District, West Bengal, Proceedings of the National Seminar of Applied Psychology, Prof. S.K. Dasgupta (Editor), Department of Applied Psychology, University of Calcutta, 14, 2003.

7.3.5 Dutta Roy, D. : What do computer programmers want for job satisfaction ? Problem of Human resource management. Proceedings of the National Seminar on Applied Psychology, Prof. S.K. Dasgupta (Editor), University of Calcutta, 6, 2003.

7.3.6 Dutta Roy, D. : Predicting academic achievement with writing motives. Proceedings of the 90th Indian Science Congress, section of Anthropological and Behavioural Sciences, (including Archaeology, Psychology and Educational Sciences), vol-90, Prof. L.I. Bhushan (Editor), Indian Science Congress Association, Bangalore, 64, 2003.

7.3.7 Maitra, M. : Development of a computer - aided test for assessment of minimum strong duration with successive decrease in stimulus presentation time. .Proceedings of the National Seminar on Applied Psychology, Prof. S.K. Dasgupta (Editor), University of Calcutta, 17, 2003.

7.3.8 Mukhopadhyay, S. & Dutta Roy, D. : Spiritual health of organization : A new vision of organizational change in rural bank development. Proceedings of the National conference on Yoga and Indian Approaches to Psychology, Pondicherry Psychology Association, Pondicherry, 32, 2002.

7.3.9 Mukhopadhyay, S. : A study of personal value structure of the rural bank employees. Proceedings of the 90th Indian Science Congress, section of Anthropological and Behavioural Sciences, (Including Archaeology, Psychology and Educational Sciences), vol-90, Prof. L.I. Bhushan (Editor), Indian Science Congress Association, Bangalore, 18, 2003.

7.3.10 Mukhopadhyay, S. : Value importance as a moderator of the organizational awareness - mental health relationship. Proceedings of the National Seminar on Applied Psychology, Prof. S.K. Dasgupta (Editor), University of Calcutta, 7, 2003.

7.3.11 Paul, M. and Dutta Roy, D. : Development of an Instrument to assess reading motive preferences of children in primary education. Proceedings of the National Seminar on Applied Psychology, Prof. S.K. Dasgupta (Editor), University of Calcutta, 16, 2003.

7.3.12 Paul, M. : Reading Motive : Identification, assessment and predicting academic achievement of children in primary education. Proceedings of the 90th Indian Science Congress, section of Anthropological and Behavioural Sciences, (Including Archaeology, Psychology and Educational Sciences), vol-90, Prof. L.I. Bhushan (Editor), Indian Science Congress Association, Bangalore, Young scientist abstract, 13, 2003. 9.

AWARDS

Dutta Roy received "Best Poster Presentation Award" by the Indian Science Congress Association in 2003. D. Dutta Roy received Professor T.E. Shanmugam Award for excellence in research for 1999 and 2000 from the Madras Psychology Society.

10.2 Scientific Assignments/Academic Visits Abroad

10.2.1 Ghosh, Anjali visited and presented papers at the International Congress of Applied Psychology at Singapore and at the International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology at Yogyakarta, Indonesia during July 7-12 & 15-19, 2002.

10.3 Scientific Assignments/Academic Visits in India

10.3.1 Chattopadhyay, R. participated and presented a paper at the National Seminar on Applied Psychology from 21-23 February, 2003, at the University of Calcutta.

10.3.2 Dutta Roy, D.

i) Gave lecture at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kharagpore on 5th August, 2002 on Psychological Scaling and Computer applications to Ph.D. Scholars and Teachers in the short term course on Research Methodology in Social Sciences,

(ii) gave lecture at the Institute of Engineering and Management, Salt-Lake on 9th November, 2002 on Psychometrics to the B. Tech Students,

(iii) gave training on Characteristics of Good entrepreneurs and Achievement motivation to the Women Entrepreneurs in the short term course on 'Women Entrepreneurial Initiative in Integrating Persons with Mental Retardation in meaningful vocation sponsored by 'Commission for Women, Government of India, New Delhi at Bikashyayn on 1st August, 2002 and

(iv) gave training to the caregivers on 'Prerequisites of learning and concept development ' from 19th - 27th December, 2002, at Bikashyan for the training course sponsored by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India.

10.3.3 Ghosh, A.

(i) participated and presented a paper at the Seminar on 'Education in the 21st Century North-East India : Issues, prospects & Challenges' from 11-13 June, 2002, at Shillong,

(ii) She was invited to give a lecture on Value Education at the Heritage School, Kolkata on 4th September, 2002,

(iii) She also participated at the Xth National Conference of Indian Association for Women Studies from 17th to 20th October, 2002, at Bhubaneswar and

(iv) National Seminar on Applied Psychology from 21st to 23rd February, 2003, at the University of Calcutta.

10.3.4 Gupta, Rumki delivered a invited lecture on 'Identification of the hearing impaired children by their parents' at Bagula Community Centre, Nadia on 28th September, 2002 organized by Paschim Banga Jatiya Bayaska Shiksha Parsad.

10.3.5 Mitra, S.K.

  1. delivered a lecture on 'Computer in Testing and Evaluation' in refresher course in education for College and University Teachers on 3rd December, 2002 organized by Department of Education, Academic Staff College, University of Calcutta, and
  2. delivered a lecture on Evaluation in Primary Education on 16th March, 2003 at Purshura, Hooghly, organized by West Bengal Primary Teachers Association.

10.3.6 Sharma, Monika. participated and presented papers at the (i) National Seminar on Individual Differences and Behaviour' from 11th to 12th October, 2002, at the M.V. University, Rohtak and (ii) National Seminar on Applied Psychology from 21st to 23rd February, 2003, at the University of Calcutta.