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Research Request Blog Post for Keely Griffiths MAEd Studies

Posted on: May 2, 2012

Dear Teacher/Educationalist

Please can you help!

As you may know, I am conducting a research study for the Independent Studies (final) module of a Master of Arts in Education degree with The University of Derby in the UK. The aim of the study is to find out what teachers gain from using Twitter, the types of interactions they have and suggest how teachers can become more active in their own professional development using social media. The criterion for being a participant is to be a teacher who uses Twitter.

My studies on what teachers are doing on Twitter are going well and I now need your help to find out EXACTLY what is happening. This is in two parts.

Part One.

Attached to this blog is a link to an eleven-question survey through the service KwikSurveys. I hope you have time to complete it.

Participation is voluntary, you don’t have to answer all questions and you can cancel your participation at anytime during the survey. If you cancel none of your answers will be saved.

Anonymity is guaranteed – you are not asked for any identifying data.

The data collected is being used for my dissertation with the University of Derby and it will be submitted to the university at the end of the year. I may also at some point in the future show the results of the research here on my blog. The data held by KwikSurveys can only be accessed by myself. The University of Derby Ethics Board has given approval for use of KwikSurveys, however if you are concerned you may view KwikSurvey’s Terms and Conditions. The graphs and charts produced by the data will be placed in the appendices of the study and discussed in the paper.

There will be no deception or adverse affect physically, psychologically or emotionally subjected onto participants when completing this survey.

My next Blog Post will be debrief of how the information collected will be used.

There will be no rewards other than a HUGE thanks on my blog and on Twitter for all participants.

If you are a willing participant for this survey please click on the link!

http://kwiksurveys.com?s=LBKIGK_86034834

Part Two.

I want to request access to the Twitter-feeds of six teachers over a seven-day period to collate the type of Tweets that they make. You will not be required to actually do anything. I require access to your TwitterFeed only. I will be collating the type of interactions you make on Twitter. This will be in numerical form only. No Tweets will be copied, links followed etc. I will be notating how many links you make to your own blog/other blogs/articles, how many educationally –based questions you ask/answer, how many interactions you make on a personal basis and how many times you use educational hashtags such as #edchat etc.

Participation is voluntary and you can withdraw at anytime with all data collected destroyed immediately.

Each participant will be anonymous. Letters A-F will be used in study and NO Tweets will be kept, quoted or otherwise mentioned individually.

If I get more than six volunteers I will use the first six and keep the names of the others to be used if someone decides to withdraw.

The data collected is being used for my dissertation with the University of Derby and it will be submitted to the university at the end of the year. I may also at some point in the future show the results of the research here on my blog. All data will be collated separately and securely during the study with raw data destroyed and only the charts and graphs generated by the data will be placed in the appendices of the study. These charts will be discussed within the paper.

There will be no deception or adverse affect physically, psychologically or emotionally subjected onto participants when completing this research.

My next Blog Post will be debrief of how the information gathered will be used.

There will be no rewards other than a HUGE anonymous thanks on my blog and on Twitter for participants.

If you are interested in becoming a willing participant in this part of my research please read and agree to the consent form by sending a Direct Message to my Twitter account @keelygriffiths or email K.Spencer4@unimail.derby.ac.uk !

 

Consent Form for Part Two of Keely Griffiths’ MAEd Studies

 

Background: I am conducting a research study for the Independent Studies (final) module of a Master of Arts in Education degree with The University of Derby in the UK under the supervision of Dr. Tristram Hooley. The aim of the study is to find out what teachers gain from using Twitter, the types of interactions they have and suggest how teachers can become more active in their own professional development using social media. The criterion for being a participant is to be a teacher who uses Twitter.

Procedure: You will not be required to actually do anything. I require access to your TwitterFeed only. I will be collating the type of interactions you make on Twitter. This will be in numerical form only. No Tweets will be copied, links followed etc. I will be notating how many links you make to your own blog/other blogs/articles, how many educationally –based questions you ask/answer, how many interactions you make on a personal basis and how many times you use educational hashtags such as #edchat etc. You may withdraw from the study at any time without penalty at which point your feed will be taken off my TweetDeck and all data I have compiled deleted. Data will be kept anonymous and confidential. You as a participant will be named as A,B,C,D,E or F in the study.  

 

Risks or Possible Discomforts Associated with the Study: There are no anticipated risks associated with your participation in this study.

 

Benefits of Participation: There will be no direct benefit to participants.

 

Voluntary Participation: Your participation in this study is voluntary; you may discontinue your participation at any time without penalty. If for any reason you decide that you would like to discontinue your participation, simply tell the researcher that you wish to stop.

Anonymity and/or Confidentiality: Data will be collected anonymously. Your TwitterFeed will be shown on my Tweetdeck for a week and then taken off. When collating the information I need I will use the letters A-F. No names or actual Tweets will be saved, followed or otherwise interfered with. Notations will be made in the form of tallies to show the data required as previously described. Data will be confidential. It will be in notebook form until processed on computer as graphs and charts. These will be kept on my hard-drive and then placed in appendices of the study. The original notebook data will be destroyed as soon as transfer has been made. The data placed in the appendices will be able to be accessed by staff and students of The University of Derby after publication of the final dissertation.

Who to Contact for Research Related Questions: For questions about the research itself, or to report any adverse effects during or following participation, contact the researcher, Keely Griffiths at K.Spencer4@unimail.derby.ac.uk or @keelygriffiths.

 

Who to Contact Regarding Your Rights as a Participant: This research has been reviewed and approved by the University of Derby, UK. If you have any concerns about your rights as a participant, or if you feel that the researcher did not adequately meet your rights as a participant, please contact Dr. Tristram Hooley at T.Hooley@derby.ac.uk

Signatures: By sending a direct message or email, you indicate that you are voluntarily agreeing to participate in this study and that the procedures involved have been described to your satisfaction. The researcher will provide you with a copy of this form for your own reference. In order to participate, you must be at least 18 years of age.

 

Thank you all very much for your time to read this post and a HUGE thank you in advance for participating in my research!

Best Regards,

Keely XXX

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