Please read the following consent document before proceeding with the survey below.
Pressing submit at the end of this survey signals your consent.
INFORMED CONSENT DOCUMENT
You are invited to participate in a research project to improve the learning and appreciation of science with the use of technology. This project is conducted under the direction of Dr. Carl Wieman, Distinguished Professor of Physics, JILA Box 440, University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, Colorado 80309 (303-492-7746). Other investigators include Dr. Noah Finkelstein, Dr. Michael Dubson (303-492-4938), Dr. Steven Pollock (303-492-2495), Dr. Kathy Perkins (303-492-4367), Dr. Sarah McKagan (303-492-7815) , Dr. Linda Koch (303-492-7815), Dr. Jennifer Knight, Wendy Adams (303-735-0627), Noah Podolefsky, Patrick Kohl, Chris Keller, Kara Gray, Danielle Harlow (303-492-4331), Aaron Svoboda, Elias Quinn, Jack Barbera, Mindy Gratny, Sarah Kennedy, Françoise Benay, Laurie Langdon, Andrea Bair, Jia Shi, Jennifer Stempien, and others of the Physics, Chemistry, and Biology Departments at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Campus Box 390, Boulder, Colorado, 80309.
The purpose of this project is to investigate the relationship between students’ beliefs about science and their success in science courses as part of evaluating the use of PhET (interactive JAVA simulations) learning tools and other presentations of science materials in science courses.
You are being asked to respond to a survey with a background questionnaire. You can complete the survey on the web at your convenience. The survey will take about 10 minutes of your time. The background questionnaire will take approximately 2 minutes. You might be asked to complete this survey again, at the end of term.
Your answers on this survey will not affect your course grade and will not count towards your final grade in this class. Class instructors who are members of the research group (listed above) will not have access to individual survey responses until after the course has been completed and final grades submitted. All other class instructors will never have access to individual responses; they will only receive information on who participated and the results for the class as a whole – that is results with no identifying information about individuals. If your professor is offering course credit or other incentive in return for participating in this research, you may collect this credit without participating by simply submitting the survey uncompleted (with only name and ID filled in).
In addition, your individual privacy will be maintained in all published and written data resulting from this study. You will be asked to include your name and the last six digits of your Student ID number. Identifying information (name, ID) will only be used to combine the survey answers and the coursework data and will be deleted prior to any subsequent analysis. At the end of the survey, you will be asked explicitly for permission to obtain and use your course grades, test and homework scores, attendance records, and GPA for this research to improve this and other courses in science. If you provide permission, no one except the researchers will have access to your identity. The researchers will score your survey and record these scores in an excel spreadsheet. Any written or printed out materials with identifiable information will be stored in a locked filing cabinet. The excel spreadsheet will be stored on password protected computers. At the end of the project the materials will be stored for a period of 3 years and then destroyed. No individual student identifiers will be used in any published or publicly presented work.
Participation is entirely voluntary. You have the right to withdraw your consent or discontinue participation at any time. You have the right to refuse to answer any question(s) for any reason. The risks to you are minimal since this survey can in no way impact your course grade, and any incentive credit can be obtained without participation. The benefits to you are indirect and uncertain, as information from this research and evaluation will contribute to the ongoing changes being made to the PhET simulations and possibly to changes in science instruction in general.
If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research subject, any concerns regarding this project, or any dissatisfaction with any aspect of this study you may report them, confidentially if you wish, to the Executive Secretary, Human Research Committee, University of Colorado, Graduate School, Campus Box 26, Regent 308, Boulder, Colorado 80309 or by telephone to (303) 492-7401. Copies of the University of Colorado Assurance of Compliance to the federal government regarding human subject research are available upon request from the graduate school at the address listed above. In addition, research personnel will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this evaluation.
Your agreement to participate is indicated by completing and submitting this survey. Your signature is not required on any document. Submitting this survey incomplete (with name and ID only) will allow you to receive credit without any agreement to participate in research activities.
Physics 4810 Students
Please enter your name (Last, First):
Please enter the last 6 digits of your student ID number:
Here are a number of statements that may or may not describe your beliefs
about learning physics. You are asked to rate each statement by selecting
a number between 1 and 5 where the numbers mean the following:
Choose one of the above five choices that best expresses your
the statement. If you don't understand a statement, leave it blank. If you
have no strong opinion, choose 3.
We are asking that you express your own beliefs. Your answers will not affect
your grade. Your instructor
will never see your individual answers, only whether you participated and
the class results as a whole. This information will be very helpful to
us in an effort to design more effective physics courses.
We thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey. Your participation is really helpful because knowing more about students' beliefs about physics helps improve our teaching practices.
By pressing submit you are agreeing to participate in this research project as outlined in the "Informed Consent Document" above.
If you do not want to participate, simply do not answer the questions and submit only your name and ID.