Research Study Consent FormPreview

Name of Researchers, Faculty, Department, Telephone & Email:

Marcie Perdue                                                                               Dr. Jennifer Lock (Supervisor)             

Werklund School of Education                                                      Werklund School of Education

University of Calgary                                                                      University of Calgary

Phone: (403) 506-5986                                                                   Phone:  (403) 220-6321                                                       


    Title of Project:  Teacher Professional Knowledge Building Networks: Creating Opportunities for Teacher Shared Knowledge Creation

This consent form, a copy of which has been given to you, is only part of the process of informed consent. If you want more details about something mentioned here, or information not included here, you should feel free to ask. Please take the time to read this carefully and to understand any accompanying information.


Purpose of the Study

This project is being undertaken as part of the requirement for a doctoral degree. The purpose of this case study is to explore the extent to which the development of a professional knowledge-building network could increase the collective knowledge building and shared learning of teachers within a professional learning community.

Research Questions:

This single case study seeks to answer the following research questions:

1.In what ways can the development of a professional knowledge-building network increase

teacher shared knowledge building?

             a. How do teachers build and share knowledge in a networked environment?

2.         How does the process of knowledge building occur within a professional knowledge-building network?

a. How do the interactions between teachers impact knowledge building within a networked environment?

b. What types of knowledge-building tools are required to create an effective professional knowledge-building network?

What Will I Be Asked To Do

You are invited to participate in the study in four ways.  First, you are invited to participate in shared knowledge creation with other teachers within a professional knowledge-building network during your divisional collaborative days, as well as throughout the term of the research study. The digital tool you will be accessing is called Knowledge Net and it provides multiple opportunities for teachers to come together and discuss ideas of interest as well as create Knowledge Teams to develop shared knowledge focusing on areas of teaching practice and curricular outcomes. As a participant of this research study your server log data within this digital tool will be used to study the development and interactions involved in shared knowledge creation.

Second, you are invited to participate in five online questionnaires that will each take approximately 5 - 10 minutes to complete. These questionnaires will be administered throughout the research study to measure and further understand your experience as a knowledge builder and also evaluate the effectiveness of the knowledge building network tool. All five online questionnaires will use a multiple-choice format and you may decline to answer any questions that are asked on any of the online questionnaires.

Third, you may give permission to share with the researcher knowledge artifacts that you have created with other knowledge-building members within the networked environment as part of this research study. These may be examples of such items as lesson plans, teacher created videos and/or PowerPoint presentations or teacher-developed assessments. The artifact(s) will only be used for analysis and will remain confidential.

Finally, you are invited to participate in an interview for the research study.  The interview will take approximately 50 to 60 minutes in length and will be audio-recorded with your consent. The digital recording of the interview will be transcribed by the researcher and a copy of the transcription notes will be provided to you so that you may provide edits and revisions.

During the interview, you will be asked such questions as the following:  1) Briefly explain how you acquired knowledge about your profession before this research project? 2) As you began to use Knowledge Net more frequently have you found that you seek different sources of knowledge or use knowledge in a different way? 3) Can you explain in your words what you believe is the process involved in shared knowledge building? 4) What have you learned about yourself as a knowledge builder as you have worked within Knowledge Net? 5) What are some challenges you have encountered as you have shared and created knowledge with other participants? 6) What do you believe is the most important characteristic of successful shared knowledge creation? 7) How did your experience with Knowledge Net impact you as an educator? 8) Can you provide an example of a knowledge-building experience that you had during this research study?

You are under no obligation to participate in this study. Participating in this study will not impact your work or relationship with Chinook Edge School Division. In addition, information such as the informed consent forms and interview facilitation will be done by the researcher to ensure confidentiality.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. You have the right to withdraw from the study at any time. Once the study has begun, the server log data and the knowledge sharing and building data will be digitally anonymized and therefore cannot be extracted.  However, if you withdraw during the interview, the information you have shared as part of this interview will not be used in the study. If you withdraw after the interview, the interview data will be withdrawn and destroyed.

What Type of Personal Information Will Be Collected?

For this research study participants will be interacting as a collaborative group both online and in person and therefore will know each other by name, school and school division. During the knowledge building process participants will be building and sharing knowledge artifacts with one another. However, all server log data that is removed from the digital tool for the purposes of data collection and analysis will be immediately anonymized and all personal identifiers will be removed.