Participant Information Form

Participant Information

Name of researcher: Ryan Williams

Title of Project: An Exploration into the Pedagogical Benefits of Social Media: Can Educators Incorporate Social Media into Pedagogy Successfully?

You are being invited to take part in this research project. Before you decide to do so, it is important you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Feel free to ask the researcher if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part. Thank you for reading this. 

What is the project’s purpose? 
The focus of this thesis is to understand if educators can incorporate social media, as an educational resource into their pedagogical practice. The research aims are to: 1) examine the current relationship between social networking sites and pedagogy, 2) distinguish factors that influence teacher engagement with social networking sites in their pedagogical practice, 3) determine, using a mixed methods approach, whether or not social media engages students & enhances academic performance more than traditional teaching methods, and 4) design a framework for teachers to follow when implementing social media strategies in the classroom. 

Why have I been chosen?
You have been chosen because you are an active teacher working in the U.K.

Do I have to take part? 
It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part you will be able to keep a copy of this information sheet and you should indicate your agreement to the online consent form. You can still withdraw at any time. You do not have to give a reason. 

What will happen to me if I take part? 
You will be asked to complete a web-based questionnaire which we estimate will take you 15 minutes. You may also wish to agree to a follow-up interview to find out more about your approach. 

What do I have to do?
Please answer the questions in the questionnaire. There are no other commitments or lifestyle restrictions associated with participating. 

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part? 
Participating in the research is not anticipated to cause you any disadvantages or discomfort. The potential physical and/or psychological harm or distress will be the same as any experienced in everyday life.

What are the possible benefits of taking part? 
Whilst there are no immediate benefits for those people participating in the project, it is hoped that this work will have a beneficial impact on how social media can support pedagogical practices. Results will be shared with participants in order to inform their professional work. 

What happens if the research study stops earlier than expected?
Should the research stop earlier than planned and you are affected in any way,  the researcher will tell you and explain why. 

What if something goes wrong? 
If you have any complaints about the project in the first instance you can contact any member of the research team. If you feel your complaint has not been handled to your satisfaction you can contact Teesside University to take your complaint further (see below). 

Will my taking part in this project be kept confidential? 
All the information that we collect about you during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential. You will not be able to be identified or identifiable in any reports or publications. Your institution will also not be identified or identifiable. Any data collected about you in the online questionnaire will be stored online in a form protected by passwords and other relevant security processes and technologies. 

Data collected may be shared in an anonymised form to allow reuse by the research team and other third parties. These anonymised data will not allow any individuals or their institutions to be identified or identifiable. 

What will happen to the results of the research project? 
Results of the research will be published. You will not be identified in any report or publication. Your institution will not be identified in any report or publication. If you wish to be given a copy of any reports resulting from the research, please ask the researcher to put you on our circulation list. 

Who has ethically reviewed the project? 
This project has been ethically approved by Teesside University’s ethics review procedure.

Contacts for further information

Ryan WilliamsPhD
Ewan InglebyDirector of

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Thank you for taking part in this research.

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