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  • 07 September 2009. VOLUme 41. NUmber 7. 12 pAGeS

    5

    Field Notes: Mentoring undergraduate students on their thesis and through their thesis

    University Fellow named Outstanding Psychologist

    2 10

    La Salle faculty, student win in national competitions

    LasaLLians on the D.o.t. campaign launchedSee page 3

    2401 (twente fr,o, wun) is a landmark number along Taft Avenue. It is the location ID of De La Salle University, home to outstanding faculty and students, and birthplace of luminaries in business, public service, education, the arts, and science. And 2401 is the name of the official newsletter of DLSU, featuring developments and stories of interest about the University.

  • University Fellow and Counseling and Educational Psychology Department (CEPD) Full Professor and Chair Dr. Allan Benedict Bernardo was honored as Outstanding Psychologist by the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) during its 46th Annual Convention.

    The conferment, which served as the highlight of the three-day convention, was held at Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental last August 13-15.

    PAP cited Bernardo for his outstanding work as a researcher,

    teacher, mentor, and leader of the discipline and

    profession of Psychology. A multi-awarded researcher, he served as head or consultant of a number of organizations, including PAP and the ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies, where he is both president.

    In 2007, he was elected Academician, the highest honor given by the National

    Academy of Science and Technology. Also, he

    is currently the secretary-general of the Asian Association of Social Psychology, the largest association of psychologists in the Asian region.

    In PAPs history, only 12 others have been given this recognition. The last time the title Outstanding Psychologist was conferred was in 2002 to a group of six psychologists, including University Fellow Dr. Rose Marie Salazar Clemea and Professorial Lecturer Dr. Imelda V. G. Villar, both from CEPD.

    The convention of PAP featured symposia and paper presentations given by psychologists from different universities and organizations in the country. The event carried the theme, Character Strengths of the Filipino: A Positive Response to Current Challenges.

    Bernardo, as well as other CEPD faculty members Dr. Maria Guadalupe Salanga, Laramie Tolentino, Jerome Ouano, and Ryan Jim Sy San Diego presented their papers during the conference.

    Faculty members of the Psychology Department, Ma. Angeles Lapea, Maria Caridad Tarroja, Roseann Tan-Mansukhani, Ron Resurreccin, Homer Yabut, Rajiv Amarnani, Jennifer Lajom, Madelene Sta. Maria, Jose Maria Diestro, Jr., Marshall Valencia and Adrianne John Galang, likewise presented their papers.

    The other paper presenters from La Salle were Full Professor Dr. Maricar Prudente and Associate Professor Dr. Auxencia Limjap of the Science Education Department; Lemuel Toledano of the Educational Leadership and Management Department; Marianne Jennifer Gaerlan and Rosalind Espiritu of the Department of English and Applied Linguistics; and Raymond Gonzales of the Institutional Testing and Evaluation Office.

    univerSity Fellow named outStanding pSychologiSt

  • Lasallians on the D.O.T. is being undertaken in response to the Commission on Higher Education Memorandum No.49 dubbed as Project WATCH (We Advocate Time Consciousness and Honesty) released on September 24 last year.

    Project WATCH is being pushed by CHED and the JCI Senate Philippines to undertake effective programs, projects, and other activities to enhance the importance of punctuality and honesty as elements of success in our daily lives.

    CHED, in its memo, said higher education institutions are encouraged to undertake Project WATCH through activities like competitions, symposia, and fora that would complement their existing curriculum.

    The University conducted a soft launch of the Lasallians on the DOT campaign, with the allocation of a regular space on time management tips in 2401 during the first term of Academic Year 2009-2010.

    MCO will also be tasked to monitor the punctuality of attendees in select meetings convened regularly by administrators for the whole period of the second term.

    An attendance/time sheet will be distributed to the concerned offices for use in meetings, in time for the opening of the term on September 14. Offices will be requested to regularly submit to MCO the attendance/time sheet after every meeting. At the end of the term, MCO will make a summary of the reports

    to determine the community members response to the campaign.

    Free downloadable wallpapers on Lasallians on the DOT will also be made available for members of the Lasallian community, through the support of the ITC.

    In a related development, the DLSU Student Council recently launched their project on DLSU time synchronization. The students placed posters under all the DLSU clocks to encourage students to synchronize their watch and cellphones to the official DLSU time to avoid any excuse for tardiness and promote responsibility and punctuality.

    To inculcate among members of the Lasallian community the importance of time management and a culture of punctuality, De La Salle University, through the Marketing Communication Office (MCO), is launching Lasallians on the DOT (Definitely on Time), a series of time management activities, at the opening of the second term.

    LasaLLians on the D.o.t. campaign launched

  • The agreement, which was signed last July at the DLSU RVR-Graduate School of Business (GSB) campus at RCBC Plaza in Makati City, is for the creation of two certificate programs, the Supervisory Skills Program and the Certificate in BPO Management, which are meant to help BPO managers and supervisors in developing leadership and management skills particular to their industry.

    BPA/P is the umbrella organization for the fastest-growing industry in the Philippines, and serves as the one-stop information and advocacy gateway for the countrys key off shoring and outsourcing (O&O) services sector.

    Signing for DLSU were CBE Dean Dr. Myrna Austria and Raymund Habaradas, Director of the Professional Development and Training Services of the DLSU-Angelo King Institute for Business and Economic Research and Development (AKIBERD). Signing for BPA/P were BPA/P President Oscar Sanez, and BPA/P executive director for Talent Development Ma. Jamea Garcia. Also present during the signing were GSB faculty members Emilio Bruan Jr. and Reynaldo Lugtu Jr., who will serve as course director of the two certificate programs.

    The Supervisory Skills Program, dubbed Enhancing Your Supervisory Skills, is a five-day course that gives an overview of the competencies that a supervisor in a BPO company must possess in order to succeed in his or her task of helping the people working under him or her achieve their full potentials. Participants will go through various participative learning approaches that will enable them to enhance their ability to enhance others, to communicate well, to assess performance, and to effectively handle work-related problems, among others.

    Meanwhile, the Certificate in BPO Management, dubbed The Effective BPO Manager,

    is a 15-day course designed to answer the BPO industrys need for well-trained managers that are able to respond in a dynamic fashion to the rapid changes in the business environment. Participants who go through this course will learn the fundamentals of various management areas such as finance, operations, and human resource / talent management.

    Individuals who are interested to attend the certificate courses may contact the following people: Course Director: Mr. Reynaldo Rey Lugtu, Jr., Email: rlugtu2002@yahoo.com; Secretary: Ms. Aileen Negrillo, Telefax: 753-4617; Trunkline: 753-4611 local 105.

    dlSu to oFFer courSeS in Bpo managementThe College of Business and Economics (CBE) of De La Salle University and the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPA/P) recently signed a memorandum of agreement for the establishment of certificate courses for supervisors and middle managers of business process outsourcing (BPO) companies.

  • FIELD NOTES. What is going on in the world? We ask our faculty members to make sense of what we need to know, understand, and reflect upon. They agree to share insights and observations about their respective fields or special interests. Field Notes serves as a window to different worlds where we all belong.

    Mentorin

    g underg

    raduate s

    tudents

    on their

    thesis an

    d throug

    h their th

    esis

    By dr. carlo magnocounseling and educational psychology department

    I have bee

    n an unde

    rgraduate

    thesis me

    ntor since

    I started

    in De

    La Salle U

    niversity i

    n 2003. E

    ach

    experienc

    e I had a

    s a mento

    r is a

    wonderful

    story to tel

    l. In this ar

    ticle, I

    shall descr

    ibe thesis m

    entoring, s

    ome

    guidelines

    about han

    dling stud

    ents,

    and the im

    portant les

    sons I lear

    ned in

    mentoring

    .

    The si s m

    en tor i ng

    i s th e

    relationshi

    p between

    the thesis m

    entor

    and mentee

    s in the enti

    re thesis ma

    king

    process. Th

    e mentees

    open their

    trust

    to their m

    entors ex

    pertise to

    fully

    guide them

    in their jo

    urney from

    the

    conception

    of the study

    until they f

    inally

    defend the

    ir thesis.

    In the relat

    ionship, it i

    s assumed

    that the men

    tor is a resea

    rch expert b

    oth

    in terms of

    content a

    nd method

    ology.

    The studen

    ts, on the o

    ther hand,

    are

    expected

    to learn a

    nd think in

    the

    process. Th

    e expertise

    of the me

    ntor

    is not onl

    y in terms

    of conten

    t and

    methodolo

    gy in resea

    rch, but als

    o the

    pedagogy

    of researc

    h, serving

    as a

    good role

    model as a

    contributo

    r of

    knowledge

    .

    The roles

    of the thes

    is mentor

    and mentee

    should be

    made clea

    r at

    the start of

    the resea

    rch relation

    ship.

    In this rela

    tionship, t

    he mentor

    is an

    expert an

    d the men

    tee an em

    erging

    scientist. T

    he studen

    ts as emer

    ging

    scientists

    are assum

    ed to man

    ifest

    critical think

    ing, indepe

    ndent think

    ing,

    logical reas

    oning, and

    show analy

    tical

    interest. I used

    the prepos

    itions on

    (in

    the directio

    n) and th

    rough (ent

    irely)

    in the titl

    e betwee

    n Mento

    ring

    undergrad

    uate stude

    nts and t

    heir

    thesis bec

    ause these

    capture e

    xactly

    the process

    engaged in

    the mentor

    and

    their mentee

    s. First, men

    toring provi

    des

    students th

    e direction

    they shoul

    d take,

  • especially in instances wherein they do no

    t

    foresee the consequences of their actions. Fo

    r

    example, the mentor tells the students what

    to

    read and where to get the proper informatio

    n,

    and gives them a scholarly feedback abou

    t

    the work. Second, the mentor go

    es through his or

    her students work, deals with group dynami

    cs

    and work habits, and motivates them to pursue

    success in the process. The mentors work is n

    ot

    only limited to ensuring that the thesis is in goo

    d

    shape, but that it also includes all factors th

    at

    may affect the desired formation of the thesi

    s.

    Part of the work is refereeing conflicts amon

    g

    thesis group members and making sure the

    y

    submit on time. The following are som

    e points that need

    to be considered in building a researc

    h

    relationship.

    1 There should be an alignment between the mentor and mentees in terms of content and methodology. The content would refer to the specific research interest of the mentor. Mentors who work within a line of research interest are experienced with a set of variables and they know the mass of literature to justify the variables to work on. For example, students who are working on a thesis about motivation should seek the mentorship of an educational psychologist whose corpus work is on motivation. The alignment in terms of methodology refers to seeking the advice of an expert who is experienced in the same method as their thesis mentees. If a study is about a strictly controlled experiment employing a quantitative approach in data analysis, the researchers should consult with experts familiar with the method and approach.

    2 A con

    tract is estab

    lished with th

    e students fo

    r the

    sake of a suc

    cessful thesis

    . Upon the ac

    ceptance

    of students to

    work with th

    e mentor, th

    e mentor

    should comm

    unicate a se

    t of expecta

    tions. For th

    eir

    part, studen

    ts should str

    ive to reach

    the standar

    ds set

    by the ment

    or. These in

    clude submi

    tting the the

    sis on

    time, working

    harmoniou

    sly with thesis

    mates, exhib

    iting

    professional

    attitude on

    criticisms fo

    r the work, a

    nd

    setting goals

    to attain a qu

    ality thesis.

    4 Train s

    tudents to be

    ready for the

    defense. Wh

    en

    the defense

    date is neari

    ng, conduct

    a mock

    defense. Ask

    students po

    ssible questi

    ons by the

    panel. I usua

    lly ask my the

    sis mentees t

    o present in t

    he

    graduate cla

    sses so that th

    ey will experi

    ence to answe

    r

    questions an

    d clarify cert

    ain aspects o

    f their study.

    3 Immerse the thesis mentees to read. I alw

    ays tell my

    students how lucky they are that published articles from

    top tier journals are very much accessible in DLSU.

    Opening journal articles from different sources is just within

    their fingertips. During my time, we had to spend the whole

    day in the periodical section of the library and browse one by

    one each volume of the APA articles where subscription lagged

    behind by 5 to 10 years. There is no excuse for students today

    not to immerse in reading.

    Often, students could not put sufficient ideas in the

    chapters of their thesis because they did not read. Reading

    activates their schema and helps them in many ways to

    organize important ideas shown in their thesis. It is easy to

    detect if students have mastery of the literature reviews based

    on the content they have shown in their thesis.

  • 4 Train s

    tudents to be

    ready for the

    defense. Wh

    en

    the defense

    date is neari

    ng, conduct

    a mock

    defense. Ask

    students po

    ssible questi

    ons by the

    panel. I usua

    lly ask my the

    sis mentees t

    o present in t

    he

    graduate cla

    sses so that th

    ey will experi

    ence to answe

    r

    questions an

    d clarify cert

    ain aspects o

    f their study.

    3 Immerse the thesis mentees to read. I alw

    ays tell my

    students how lucky they are that published articles from

    top tier journals are very much accessible in DLSU.

    Opening journal articles from different sources is just within

    their fingertips. During my time, we had to spend the whole

    day in the periodical section of the library and browse one by

    one each volume of the APA articles where subscription lagged

    behind by 5 to 10 years. There is no excuse for students today

    not to immerse in reading.

    Often, students could not put sufficient ideas in the

    chapters of their thesis because they did not read. Reading

    activates their schema and helps them in many ways to

    organize important ideas shown in their thesis. It is easy to

    detect if students have mastery of the literature reviews based

    on the content they have shown in their thesis.

    My years of experience as a

    thesis mentor have helped and shaped

    me as a teacher and researcher....