IRB 2012-04-004ETH (STEM SDILS)

PAST Foundation Informed Consent to Participate in Research

(Adult Online Survey)

IRB No: 2014-04-004ETH
IRB Approval Date: 05.01.2012

Study Title: Ethnographic Study of the STEM Transformation of the K-12 South Dakota Innivation Lab Schools (STEM SDILS)
Researchers: Monica S. Hunter, Ph.D. and Maria Cohen, M.A.
Research Organization: PAST Foundation, Columbus, Ohio
Sponsor: Mid-Central Education Cooperative, South Dakota (MCEC)

The survey is intended to assess professional development needs for teachers engaged in the transition to STEM TPBL education, as well as to provide an understanding of the development of STEM education in the South Dakota Innovation Lab Schools.  The school systems, which began transitioning to STEM in fall 2011, provide an excellent opportunity to conduct research that will document and analyze key factors associated with goals for STEM education for K-12 students.  The information generated by this study will inform future STEM education studies and will help identify key factors associated with academic excellence, as well as critical information for policy makers and educators engaged in creating new STEM based educational opportunities

You will be asked to complete a survey, which should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete; however, you will have the opportunity to respond to open-ended questions and you will have the option to take more time to respond to these questions if you so desire. You will be answering questions about your experience as an educator, challenges you have faced during the transition, and your opinions on areas of additional training that you feel would enhance the transition process for you, or for your school as whole.

Surveys will be conducted during the 2013-2014 school year and may continue through the close of the 2014-2015 school year.  If you agree to participate in the study, you may elect to leave the study at any time.  If you decide to stop participating in the study, there will be no penalty to you, and you will not lose any benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.  Your decision will not affect your future relationship with the PAST Foundation, the South Dakota Innovation Lab Schools, or any other organization involved with the study.

Risks and Benefits:
You will not benefit directly from participating in the study.
There are no risks associated with participation in this study.

Your responses will be completely anonymous and confidential. The survey will be administered online through a SurveyMethods© link in a Certified Anonymous Survey. This means that your email ID and IP address associated with your survey response are not visible to PAST Foundation researchers. All survey records will be maintained by the Ethnographic Research Team in a secure location, and access to research files will be strictly limited to the Ethnographic Research Team. While the results of the research analysis may be presented at conferences and/or in published papers, all individual responses will remain confidential.

You will not be compensated in any way to participate in the study.

Participant Rights:
You may refuse to participate in this survey without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. If you are an employee at the PAST Foundation or at the South Dakota Innovation Lab Schools, your decision will not affect your employment status.

Once you initiate the online survey, you will be asked to confirm that you have read this information and agree to participate in this research, with the knowledge that you are free to withdraw your participation at any time without penalty.

An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The PAST Foundation reviewed this research project and found it to meet strict requirements to protect confidentiality of the data collected for this study, and are consistent with applicable state and federal regulations and PAST’s policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.

Contacts and Questions:
You may review information about these protocols on the PAST Foundation website. You may also direct your questions, concerns, or complaints about the study to the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board at the PAST Foundation at 614-340-1208 and the appropriate person will respond to your questions and/or concerns.

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