1. Information Letter

Dear School Teacher,

Thank you for taking the time to consider taking part in this survey. We have provided some information about this project here. If you would like to get further information, please contact the researcher at seffetullah.kuldas@dcu.ie

Why is this survey important?

This survey is aimed at identifying, describing, and predicting school teachers’ perception of school climate and attitudes towards ethnic minority students (particularly those from the Roma community). Such students who perceive or experience negative attitudes or discrimination at school are more likely to suffer from social and emotional health problems as they grow older. This research is imperative, so we can try to tackle this problem and work to create interventions to reduce negative experiences for all children in our schools.

Who are the people doing the research?

Dr Mairéad Foody (Senior Research Fellow) and Dr Seffetullah Kuldas (Postdoctoral Fellow) are researchers at the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre, Dublin City University (DCU). Both researchers have been Garda vetted and have ethical approval from DCU for this research.

Will my school or my name be mentioned and who will see my responses?

Your responses will be kept completely anonymous and confidential. There will be no way of identifying your school or your name from the other participants. Nobody except the researchers will be able to see all responses, and there will be no way of identifying your individual response. We will not be able to distinguish your responses from other school staff/teacher’s. The data we collect will be destroyed as soon as it is analysed.

Can I decide not to participate?

Yes! Participation is completely voluntary. However, the more school teachers who take part in this research, the better. We hope that by conducting this research, we can encourage governmental organisations (e.g., Department of Education) to allow for more provisions for bullying and discrimination in schools.

What do you have to do?

Simply fill out this survey as honestly as you can. Do not put your name on the sheet.

Please feel free to contact the Research Ethics Committee at DCU if you have any specific concerns (rec@dcu.ie).

Thank you once again for taking the time to consider our survey.

Kind Regards

Dr Seffetullah Kuldas

Postdoctoral Researcher
ABC - National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre
Institute of Education
Dublin City University
St. Patrick's Campus
Dublin 9

Email: seffetullah.kuldas@dcu.ie
Phone: 01 884 23 05
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