PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET
Research Project: Combating Unconscious Bias in Education (CUBE)
Project Team Members: Dr Marina Della Giusta (Principal Investigator), Dr Pietro Biroli, Dr Emma Cianchi, Dr Florent Dubois, Dr Davide Merlitti
We would like to invite you to take part in a research study about unconscious bias in education.
What is the study?
The study is being conducted by the University of Reading. We are creating a tool to measure someone’s ability to recognize bias and stereotypes in everyday situations. Next, this tool will be used in an unconscious bias training programme tailored for elementary school teachers.
Why have I been chosen to take part?
You have been invited to take part in the project because we need a lot of different profiles and experiences with respect to unconscious bias and stereotypes. Your participation to this study will help us to tune appropriately our tool for the unconscious bias training programme to come for elementary school teachers.
Do I have to take part?
It is entirely up to you whether you participate. You may also withdraw your consent to participation at any time during the project, without any repercussions to you, by contacting the Project Principal Investigator, Dr Marina Della Giusta, Tel: 0118 378 5068, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What will happen if I take part?
You will be asked to complete a questionnaire which will take you about 15 minutes. The questionnaire is divided in two parts. First, you will be asked to grade the extent of bias that you see in 20 images depicting everyday situations that might be put in elementary school classrooms or textbooks. There are no right or wrong answers. It is important that you state your own personal opinion, so please complete the questionnaire individually without consulting others. You will also have a text box to explain what motivated your choices. Then, after the grading exercise, you will be asked to answer a few questions about yourself.
What are the risks and benefits of taking part?
The information you give will remain confidential and will only be seen by the research team listed at the start of this letter. This study is entirely anonymous. You will not be identifiable in any published report resulting from the study.
Participants in similar studies have found it interesting to take part. We anticipate that the findings of the study will be useful for teacher and learning staff in planning how they teach and/or support learners.
What will happen to the data?
Any data collected will be held in strict confidence and no real names will be used in this study or in any subsequent publications. No identifiers linking you to the study will be included in any sort of report that might be published. Participants will be assigned a number and will be referred to by that number in all records. The data will be stored securely on a password-protected computer and only the research team will have access to them. The data will be destroyed securely once the findings of the study are written up, after five years. The results of the study will be presented at national and international conferences, and in written reports and articles. We can send you electronic copies of these publications if you wish.
What happens if I change my mind?
You can change your mind at any time without any repercussions. During the research, you can stop completing the activities at any time. If you change your mind after data collection has ended, we will discard your data.
Who has reviewed the study?
The project has been subject to Ethical Review and has been approved by the ethics committee of the University of Reading to ensure all data collection, analysis and storage are in compliance with GDPR (you can check details here: https://ico.org.uk/). The University has the appropriate insurances in place. Full details are available on request.
What happens if something goes wrong?
In the unlikely case of concern or complaint, you can contact Professor Marina Della Giusta email: email@example.com
Where can I get more information?
If you would like more information, please contact Professor Marina Della Giusta
We do hope that you will agree to your participation in the study. If you do, please click on REGISTER button below.
Thank you for your time.