You are invited to participate in a research study of how the works of Elizabethan writer Thomas Nashe are being taught today in graduate and undergraduate English courses. You were selected as a possible subject because you are a member of the Modern Language Association or the Shakespeare Association of America. We ask that you read this form and ask any questions you may have before agreeing to be in the study.
The study is being conducted by Joan Pong Linton (English/ Indiana University), Stephen Guy-Bray (English/ University of British Columbia), Steve Mentz (English/ St. John’s University), and John Nance (English/ St. John’s University).
The purpose of this study is to gather information on why English teachers choose to include the writings of Thomas Nashe in their graduate and/or undergraduate courses, how they teach these writings, and what they want students to get out of them.
NUMBER OF PEOPLE TAKING PART IN THE STUDY:
If you agree to participate, you will be among an estimated 400 members from the Modern Language Association and/or the Shaksper who will be participating in this research.
PROCEDURES FOR THE STUDY:
If you agree to be in the study, you will respond to 9 questions in all. Five of these are multiple choice questions; four will require descriptive answers. There will be a text box at the end for further comments. The survey will take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.
BENEFITS OF TAKING PART IN THE STUDY:
The benefits to participation that are reasonable to expect are a fuller picture of how and why we teach Thomas Nashe, and a clearer understanding of what it is about his works that continue to speak to us today. We hope to share our findings by publishing an essay addressing these issues, and, if warranted, to show that the recent resurgence of critical interest in Nashe stems from renewed interest in him in our graduate and undergraduate classrooms.
ALTERNATIVES TO TAKING PART IN THE STUDY:
You may, of course, choose not to participate.
Efforts will be made to keep your personal information confidential. We cannot guarantee absolute confidentiality. Your personal information may be disclosed if required by law. Your identity will be held in confidence in reports in which the study may be published and databases in which results may be stored.
Organizations that may inspect and/or copy your research records for quality assurance and data analysis include groups such as the study investigator and his/her research associates, the IUB Institutional Review Board or its designees, and (as allowed by law) state or federal agencies, specifically the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), who may need to access your medical and/or research records.
CONTACTS FOR QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS
For questions about the study or a research-related injury, contact the researcher Joan Pong Linton at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For questions about your rights as a research participant or to discuss problems, complaints or concerns about a research study, or to obtain information, or offer input, contact the IUB Human Subjects office, 530 E Kirkwood Ave, Carmichael Center, 203, Bloomington IN 47408, 812-855-3067 or by email at email@example.com
VOLUNTARY NATURE OF STUDY
Taking part in this study is voluntary. You may choose not to take part or may leave the study at any time. Leaving the study will not result in any penalty or loss of benefits to which you are entitled. Your decision whether or not to participate in this study will not affect your current or future relations with the investigator(s).