Why have you been invited to participate?
You have received this invitation because your school has agreed to participate in the project. Although your school has agreed to be part of this project, you do not have to accept this invitation to participate. If you do not participate this will not affect your achievement levels in any way.

What is involved if you participate?

There are two levels of participation:

If you choose to participate in level 1, this is what is involved:

  • You will complete of the Are you ready? information literacy rubric at the start of the year and again towards the end of the year. See below for more information about the rubric. You will be given some options for accessing the rubric at the end of this information sheet.
  • After you have submitted a piece of written work to your teacher during the year, we will send you an email and ask you to share it with us also. Your teacher will mark your assessment as normal and will not know whether you shared it with us. We will look at how students have used and written about sources they have read in their assignments and use this information for our research..

In addition to the above, if you choose to participate in level 2, this is what is involved:

  • You will record 6 audio or video reflections (approximately 5-10 minutes each) about how you use information in your study and your life.
  • A project researcher will arrange to interview you about how you use information, either in person or online, e.g. through Skype.

Thank you prize draw. Whenever you take time to contribute to the research we will add your email address into a prize draw (five prizes worth $100 each).

The Are You Ready? information literacy rubric is a self-assessment tool to help you identify information literacy skills that will help your transition into tertiary learning or career. You will fill out the Are You Ready? rubric online. It takes 30-45 minutes. You will read comments about a range of ways that typical students might approach parts of their study related to information literacy. You will select comments that best describes a particular skill you have. At the end you will tell us about yourself (e.g. age, gender and ethnicity). The researchers will not share your individual results with your teacher, but you will receive a summary of your own results that you can discuss with your teacher after you have completed the rubric. You will be given the option to complete the rubric and receive a summary of your own results without your answers being used for the research project.

What will happen with information you share with us?

You will be asked for your National Student Number (NSN) so that the researchers can connect your learning across the year, but your individual results will not be shared with your teachers. We will use the information to find out whether we have helped your teachers and librarians help you with your information literacy skills. We will create reports that describe what we have learnt from all of the students who participate in the research. We will share reports with participating schools and the TLRI (Teaching Learning Research Initiative) who are funding the study. We will share the research results with other researchers in journals and at conferences. The data will be stored securely at Massey University for 10 years, after which it will be disposed of. You are free to access copies of any of your data at any time.

Participant’s Rights
You are not required to accept this invitation to participate. If you decide to participate, you have the right to:

  • not answer any particular question;
  • withdraw from the study at any point;
  • ask any questions about the study at any time;
  • ask for the recorder to be turned off at any time during the interviews;
  • be given access to a summary of the project findings when it is concluded.

This project has been reviewed and approved by the Massey University Human Ethics Committee: Southern A, Application 17/02.  If you have any concerns about the conduct of this research, please contact Dr Lesley Batten, Chair, Massey University Human Ethics Committee: Southern A, telephone 06 356 9099 x 85094, email humanethicsoutha@massey.ac.nz
ABOUT THE PROJECT TEAM
Associate Professor Lisa Emerson
Director of Teaching and Learning, College of Humanities and Social Sciences,Massey University Private Bag 11-222,Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand
Phone: 06 3569099 ext 84547  Mobile: 021 1732 365   Email: L.Emerson@massey.ac.nz

Ken Kilpin
Institute of Education, Massey University, Private Bag 11 222, Palmerston North.
Phone: 06 356 9099, ext 84466   Email: k.g.kilpin@massey.ac.nz

Anne Macaskill
School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington
Phone: 04 463 9464 email: anne.macaskill@vuw.ac.nz

Anna Greenhow
Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), Massey University, PO Box 756, Wellington 6140
Phone: 04 9793185   Email: A.Greenhow@massey.ac.nz

Angela Feekery
School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University, Private Bag 11 222, Palmerston North.
Phone 06 3569099 ext 83970    Email: A.J.Feekery@massey.ac.nz