Participant Information Sheet
My name is Tayla Bosley, and I am currently completing a bachelor of Communications and Media Studies (Dean’s Scholar). This research is for my final project in BCM210 Research Practices In Media and Communication.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Off-campus living survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DG3ZC8Y
Living at home survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DPK5GMB
Nature and aims of the research project:
The question that my research is attempting to answer is: “What are the advantages and disadvantages of moving out while studying when you could remain in the family home?”.
My aim is to determine the opinions of university students on off-campus housing against living at home.
This includes themes such as:
- Social life
- Academic achievement
- Free time
Participation in this project is voluntary. If, at any time, you wish to withdraw you are free to do so.
If you do wish to participate, my research will require you to complete an online survey and/or participate in a focus group.
The surveys consists of 12 questions, and should take about 10 minutes to complete. It is anonymous and be available online from 28/04/2016 to 5/05/2016.
The focus group will be face-to-face, and consist of 6-10 people. It will consist of 10 questions, and take about 30mins to 1 hour. First names will be used from the focus group, as examples may be used in the research. The focus group will be recorded.
Inclusion and Exclusion
You must be between 18 and 25 years old to participate.
Living at Home: If you are currently living in your family home, and must travel for at least 30mins to UOW. You are eligible to participate in the living at home survey or the focus group.
Living out of home: If you live in off-campus housing, within 20mins from UOW, you may participate in the off-campus survey or the focus group.
Other: If you live on-campus or have another arrangement, you are not needed to participate in the survey or focus group. Also, if your family home is more than 2 hours away, you do not need to participate.
Risks, Inconvenience, Discomfort
You may feel inconvenienced by the length of time needed to complete either the survey or the focus group. Although measures have been taken to prevent this, you are free to abandon either one if you feel the need.
If you feel uncomfortable with talking about your living situation, which includes weekly spending [Note: you will not be asked how much money you make], you may again abstain from this project.
If you decide that you are uncomfortable with the information you have given being published online, even with anonymity, you may revoke your consent to the project, and the information will not be used in the research.
The benefits of this research are for those who are indecisive about their current living situation, whether at home or off-campus, and wish to know more about one or both options. For example, for those participants living at home, this research may provide new insight into how and why people live off-campus.
Privacy and Confidentiality
Anonymity in the survey and only first names in the focus group are the methods employed to ensure privacy in this research.
Confidentiality is ensure by the promise that if consent is withdrawn by a participant, all information relating to that person will be removed from the research and publication. [Note: this is not an option after the research has been published online]
Edit: The research findings will be published on this blog from the 05/06/2016