Participant Information Sheet

We are researchers at University of Glasgow, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and Liverpool John Moores University.  We would like to invite you to take part in a research about “How to be a Successful Student: An Intervention Study to Develop a Successful Mindset”.  This study is part of our research in developing an innovative Learning and Teaching approach to embed the Public Value mindset. The overarching goal of the research is to work with marginalised communities, government agencies and international organisations to design and develop a practical framework that create fairer societies.

For this stage of the research, we will explore if gamification of L&T is able to shape developmental mindset.

The objectives are:
to better understand the factors that encourage a growth mindset, and
the most appropriate element to be included in the development of an effective L&T game.

Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Please take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.

Thank you for reading this.

What is the study about?

This small-scale project underlying believe is that growth mindset is the tool to improve students’ general ability.  One way to encourage a growth mindset is by an effective learning and teaching (LnT) approach such as gamification.

Why have I been invited?

You have been approached as:
a student in a Higher Education institution

What will I be asked to do if I take part?

If you decide to take part, this will involve:
Filling in a psychometric questionnaire.
Participating in a focus group with your peers. This focus group will take no more than one hour.
Spending some time playing a game for 12 weeks.
Writing an online diary. You must submit the diary weekly; every Thursday.

The following are a few guidelines for the Experiment Brain Game:
You are allowed to play a maximum of two levels weekly.

Reminder
1. Please write the exact time you spent playing each level. For example, 2 minutes (Level 1) & 4 minutes (Level 2).
2. The diary “score” consists of coins & stars for each level. For example, 80 coins & 5 stars (level 1), 65 coins & 7 stars (level 2).
3. The Weekly Diary deadline is every Thursday.  A reminder will be sent in the group What’sApp for you to submit the diary by Thursday.

Frequently Asked Questions

The maximum is 2 levels. The duration of the experiment is 12 weeks. Hence, there will be 4 weeks, where you need to play only one level for each week.

For example:

Weeks 1 to 8 – 2 levels per week

Weeks 9 to 12 – 1 level per week

We suggest you to finish the 2 levels in a day and in one go.  From experience, it will take around 1 to 2 minutes to finish one level.  Nevertheless, you can take up to a maximum of 20 minutes per level.

Taking part in this research allows your experience to contribute to our study. The outcomes of this research will help us to design and develop a practical framework that create fairer societies. 

No. It’s completely up to you to decide whether you take part. Your participation is voluntary.

If you change your mind, you are free to withdraw at any time during the session.

It is unlikely that there will be any major disadvantages to taking part. By taking part in this research, it will mean investing some of your time for the activity identified earlier.

Your data will not be identifiable and all responses will be de-identified.  However, absolute confidentiality may be impossible to guarantee; due to size of sample, and the particular locations.

Your data will be stored in encrypted files (that is no-one other than the key researchers on the project will be able to access them) and on password-protected computers. In accordance with University guidelines, the data will be stored securely for a minimum of ten years.  Your permission is also sought to audio-video record the interview.

The data you have shared will be used only in the following ways: for academic & research purposes, which will include academic publications, and presentations of results at academic conferences.

This study has been reviewed and approved by the ethics committee at University of Glasgow and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

If you have any queries, or if you are unhappy with anything that happens concerning your participation in the study, please contact:

Dr. Ramona Blanes, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow Ramona.Blanes@glasgow.ac.uk

Dr. Rozainee Khairudin, Center for Research in Pscyhology and Human Well-being, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia rozaineekhai@ukm.edu.my

If you have any concerns or complaints that you wish to discuss with a person who is not directly involved in the research, you can also contact:

Dr. Muir Houston, College of Social Sciences Ethics Officer, University of Glasgow Muir.Houston@glasgow.ac.uk

*Please note that assurances on confidentiality will be strictly adhered to unless evidence of wrongdoing or potential harm is uncovered. In such cases the University may be obliged to contact relevant statutory bodies/agencies.

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