We are sampling the Columbia and Barnard undergraduate communities to learn more about students scientific knowledge and their feelings about learning and applying science.
Statement of the Research
You are invited to participate in a research study.
The purpose of this consent form is to provide you with the information that you need to decide whether to participate in this research study and to inform you, as completely as possible, of the nature, purpose and risks involved in the study.
The following sections of the consent form cover:
(1) the nature of the questions you will be asked;
(2) the risks of participation, if any;
(3) the benefits of participation, if any;
(4) voluntary participation and early withdrawal;
(5) confidentiality of the information you give us;
(6) whom to contact if you want more information.
When you click on "Go to Questionnaire" at the bottom of the form, you thereby affirm that you are satisfied with the information that precedes, and you consent to continue with the study. Do not proceed in this way until you are fully satisfied. Contact the Principal Investigator (see below) if you have questions about the study that you want answered before participating. Of course, you may print out this consent form for your records, if you wish.
Information on Research
This study is intended to inform faculty members at Columbia and Barnard College in more detail about how first-year students view science. It includes an assessment of background knowledge in science, plus some items probing a variety of attitudes, some of which are obviously directly related to science, others which might or might not be related to science.
There are no known risks to your health or general well-being associated with participation in this study.
By participating, you may help the faculty at Columbia and Barnard develop a better general-education science curriculum. This benefit will be mainly for future students, rather than your own class however.
Voluntary Participation & Early Withdrawal
Your participation in the study is voluntary. You may decide not to participate in the study. If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw from the study at any time.
Your refusal to participate, or your early withdrawal, will not affect any benefits to which you are otherwise entitled from Columbia University.
The data obtained in this web survey will be kept strictly confidential. Results of the survey will be reported only in aggregate, across all participants; individuals will not be identified in any way in the reports. Your data will be coded under a random identifier that cannot be linked to you personally. We will use your name and address only to send you the promised monetary reward for participation; after that, it will be kept in our payment records, but will not be linked to your responses to the survey.
Because the results of this survey may be of interest to faculty in developing science curriculum, it is likely that we will obtain information about student test scores and course enrollments from the appropriate Deans, and this information will therefore be linked with the responses you make to this survey. However, the linked data base will not contain your uni or any other identifying information; you will be anonymous to anyone analyzing the results.
If you have any questions or concerns about the study, you may contact the Principal Investigator or the emergency contact person listed on this consent form.
If you have any questions about your rights as a subject, you may contact:
Morningside Institutional Review Board 2910 Broadway at West 114th
New York, NY 10025
Telephone: (212) 854-1324
Dr. David H. Krantz (Principal Investigator)
An Institutional Review Board is a committee organized to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research.
If you agree with all the statements above, please click the link below to begin the questionnaire.