Survey of disaster response and prevention professionals

    King's College London

    Consent Form

    Please complete this form after you have read the Information Sheet and/or listened to an explanation about the research. Title of Study: Learning to Trust: Relational spaces and transformative learning for disaster management across citizen led, academic and professional learning contexts King’s College Research Ethics Committee Ref: REP/13/14-161. Thank you for considering taking part in this research. The person organising the research must explain the project to you before you agree to take part. If you have any questions arising from the Information Sheet or explanation already given to you, please ask the researcher before you decide whether to join in. This consent form is available to download and keep from: https://www.dropbox.com/s/knc26hnps76mo1i/0929111-1-Consent-Form-three_DRM-first_responders.docx?dl=0 If there are any further questions at all, please contact me at: justin.sharpe@kcl.ac.uk before completing the check boxes below and the survey that follows. The check boxes below are designed to be part of the consent process and are compulsory in terms of completing this survey.

    Information sheet

    INFORMATION SHEET FOR DRM & FIRST RESPONDER PARTICIPANTS REC Reference Number: REP/13/14-161 YOU WILL BE GIVEN A COPY OF THIS INFORMATION SHEET OR IT CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM: https://www.dropbox.com/s/go2ckf3ac0odlbe/0929111-1-Information-sheet-three_DRM-first_responders.docx?dl=0 Title of study: Learning to Trust: Relational spaces and transformative learning for disaster management across citizen led, academic and professional learning contexts Invitation Paragraph As a PhD researcher I am interested in the effect of transformative learning on the long-term cognition and behaviour of individuals towards disaster risk. As a disaster manager or first responder your initial training and your experiences during emergency situations (including disasters) are important in helping researchers understand what learning experiences take hold, the extent to which these are reflected upon and the relative importance of sharing both learning and experience with others enables you to be prepared. What is the purpose of the study? This is a research study concerned with investigating transformation of perspectives and views based upon experiences during both teaching and learning. In particular: Who you learn from, the role of trust in learning and doing and how reflecting on your training and practice allows you space to undergo transformative learning. Why have I been invited to take part? As disaster manager or emergency responder you are in a unique position help researchers understand the relative importance of theory-led vs experiential learning in your field, including the role played by interpersonal exchanges (including skills and team building). Any opportunities and constraints that you may have experienced as well as your initial motivation for specialising in this field are of importance to understanding how learning takes hold and enables self-efficacy in dealing with disasters. Do I have to take part? No. You should understand that your participation in this study is completely voluntary. You may refuse to participate prior to beginning the study without any penalty. You may also terminate your participation at any time during the study, for any reason. What will happen to me if I take part? The investigative phase of the study will consist of one 60-minute interview during which you will be invited to take part in a semi-structured interview aimed at discovering the extent to which reflection impact on learning and whether deep or shallow learning is enabled. These interviews will be guided by questions asked by the researcher, digitally audio-recorded and conducted face-to-face or via Skype. If I require clarification on information from your interview, I will contact you to discuss my questions. What are the possible risks of taking part? The risk to you as a participant may relate to retelling of stories that bring emotional thoughts or memories to the surface. If you became distressed through the telling of your story, counselling information available from your employer will be provided for you. What are the possible benefits of taking part? In order for learning to be transformative and enable you to overcome difficulties that you have faced while undertaking your training, reflection (or thinking about learning) is essential. Taking part in this study may offer you the chance to reflect on what you have achieved in order to give you further confidence. Will my taking part be kept confidential? All data collected for the study will be kept confidential. Your name will never be publicly associated with this research and your participation will be kept confidential. Your data will be identified by a code number and stored separately from the consent form, which has your name on it. How is the project being funded? The project is self-funded. What will happen to the results of the study? The results of the study will be used as part of the data collection aspect of the PhD thesis. The results will be used to inform the extent to which transformative learning has taken place and the impact it makes on intention, behaviour and action. The results may also referred to in future academic papers, although no individual(s) will be referred to or identified by name. Who should I contact for further information? If you have any questions or require more information about this study, please contact me using the following contact details: Justin Sharpe Department of Geography King's College London Strand Campus London
 WC2R 2LS United Kingdom justin.sharpe@kcl.ac.uk What if I have further questions, or if something goes wrong? If this study has harmed you in any way or if you wish to make a complaint about the conduct of the study you can contact King's College London using the details below for further advice and information: Professor Mark Pelling Department of Geography 
 King's College London 
 K7.52 Strand Campus 
 London WC2R 2LS United Kingdom Email: mark.pelling@kcl.ac.uk 
 Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2462 
 Thank you for reading this information sheet and for considering taking part in this research. [Date: 09/06/14 ver. 3]
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