This form is valid from April 11, 2017 through July 27, 2018
Title of Research Study: FRABJOUS-CS: Framing a Rigorous Approach to Beauty and Joy for Outreach to Underrepresented Students in Computing at Scale
Principal Investigators: Tiffany Barnes
We would like to invite you to take part in a research study, which concerns how the Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) professional development (PD) is run, how the resulting course is taught in high schools, and how students learn while taking it.
If you agree to participate in this research, we will ask you to complete two surveys prior to the start of the BJC PD and two surveys after its completion, to evaluate the impact of the PD. These surveys assess your knowledge of computing and your feelings about teaching BJC. Completing each pair of surveys should take approximately 1 hour. During the course of the PD, you may also fill out daily "check-in" forms to assist instructors in planning their lessons. These forms will also be collected for research purposes.
If you teach a BJC course in the following academic year, we may also ask you to help us collect additional information on how your course it taught. If you wish to participate in this part of the study, we will ask you:
To complete two online surveys, one near the beginning of the school year, and one near the end. The surveys will ask you about your teaching experiences and goals for the course, and should take about 15 minutes to complete.
Maintain a journal on your teaching practice and impressions with the course, to be completely weekly through an online submission.
Provide grade and assignment information to the researchers from a subset of your students identified by the researchers.
Allow one of the researchers to videotape your class from the rear of the room to capture your teaching and avoid capturing student faces.
Participation in this additional phase of the research will take approximately 10 minutes a week, with an additional 1.5 hours over the course of the school year.
As with all research, there is a chance that confidentiality could be compromised; however, we are taking precautions to minimize this risk.
You will likely benefit from what you learn in the professional development, as well as technical support you receive during the project, and the encouragement and collegiality from interacting with the researchers/professors and other teachers in the project. You and the students may feel special in being involved in a research study with personnel from a major university. Additionally, what we learn from this study likely will benefit you directly in terms of increasing your classroom skills and furthering you professionally through participation in a research project.
The information in the study records will be kept confidential to the greatest possible extent. Survey, observation, and audiotape data will be stored securely in locked cabinets or on a secure server, in the case of digital data and all participants will be referred to with pseudonyms. Data will be coded, findings will form the basis for research papers, and all audiotape data collected will be destroyed by September 1, 2018. Your identifiable data may be shared with our research colleagues at the University of California at Berkeley, and it may also be used by our research team in related research projects.
If you have questions at any time about the study or the procedures, you may contact the researcher, Dr. Tiffany Barnes, at 2401 EB3, Campus Box 8206, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 27695. If you feel you have not been treated according to the descriptions in this form, or your rights as a participant in research have been violated during the course of this project, you may contact Deb Paxton, Regulatory Compliance Administrator, Box 7514, NCSU Campus (919/515-4514).
Your participation in this study is voluntary; you may decline to participate without penalty. If you decide to participate, you may withdraw from the study at any time without penalty and without loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.
"I have read and understand the above information. I have received a copy of this form. I agree to participate in this study with the understanding that I may withdraw at any time."