The Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) research bulletin presents an overview of recent research published by the faculty and research scholars at JIBS organised under different themes.
Dr. Shilpa Bandyopadhyay
Aging in contemporary India: A qualitative inquiry.
The increase in India’s older population has raised concerns about their well-being. While it is essential to highlight and document the ageing experience of the elderly in India, their voices are largely missing from academic literature. The present study sought to address this gap by collecting data from sixty-three community-dwelling and Old Age Home (OAH) residents of Delhi NCR to understand their ageing experience, views about old age and perceived need for government intervention in old age care and support, through a reflexive thematic analysis. Five themes and six sub-themes emerged, encompassing a wide range of aspects including but not limited to the aging body; psychological gains and social losses; affiliation, distraction and anticipation; the aging parent and the adult child; and time for religious and spiritual devotion. Lastly, the analysis of the older population’s perceived need for government support in old age care generated five sub-themes – Political cynicism, I was a private employee but am I not a part of this country? Government or Private Hospitals: A no-win situation, Everyday life, and Reforms in OAHs. The present findings highlight the multidimensional and multidirectional experience of aging and the diverse needs of older persons in the Indian context. Read Here…
Dr. Bhasker Malu
Data from an International Multi-Centre Study of Statistics and Mathematics Anxieties and Related Variables in University Students
This wide and diverse international dataset contains survey responses from a sample of 12,570 students from one hundred universities in thirty five countries, collected in 21 languages. Some of the anxieties investigated by this study include statistics, mathematics, test, trait, social interaction, performance, creativity, intolerance of uncertainty, and fear of negative evaluation. The study also measured self-efficacy, persistence, and cognitive reflection, in addition to collecting demographics, previous mathematics grades, self-reported and official statistics grades, and statistics module details. The study presents a broad potential for data reuse, in ways that include testing the link between anxieties and statistics/mathematics education factors, and examining the instruments’ psychometric properties across different languages and contexts. Read Here…