Plain Language Statement - Ethics ID: 1750667
Project Title: Understanding pre-service teachers: factors that associate with success in initial teacher education and early career teaching

Dear Participant,

You are invited to participate in the above research project, which is being conducted by Professor Janet Clinton, and a group of researchers at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne. The project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee.

The aim of this study is to identify factors related to success of Pre-Service Teachers in initial teacher education and early career. Should you agree to participate, the information collected for your course application will be included in the research study. The course application data includes a set of questionnaires that will ask you to rate a number of statements about yourself, along with completing mathematics and language tasks. You may complete this set of questionnaires at a time convenient to you. In some circumstances, depending on the application process of your institution, you may be asked to participate in a short interview about your motivations for becoming a teacher. In addition, we may ask you to provide details of your previous academic performance. We estimate that the time commitment required of you would not exceed 105 minutes. In future you will be invited to repeat the questionnaires. We will match your responses to indicators of performance including grade scores.

We intend to protect your anonymity and the confidentiality of your responses to the fullest possible extent, within the limits of the law. Your name and contact details will be kept in a separate, password-protected computer folder. This will only be able to be linked to your responses by the researchers, for example, in order to match any future information you provide with previous information. All data presented in the final reports will be a combination of many individual responses and you will in no way be identified personally.

Once this research has been completed, a brief summary of the findings will be available on the research program's website. Results will be presented at academic conferences and published in academic journals. Higher Degree Research students will also be invited to analyse the data. The data will be kept securely in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education for 15 years from the date of publication, before being destroyed.

Please be advised that by starting and completing this application, you are voluntarily consenting to participate in this research. However, if you do not wish to participate in this research, please indicate this in the consent form. Choosing not to participate in this research will have no impact on your application.

Also,should you wish withdraw at any stage, or to withdraw any unprocessed data you have supplied,you are free to do so without prejudice.To withdraw your data from this research, please send an email to, with your full name, contact email and date of birth.

Should you require any further information, or have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Principal Researcher,Professor Janet Clinton: Should you have any concerns about the conduct of the project, you are welcome to contact the Manager, Human Research Ethics, The University of Melbourne, on ph: 8344 2073, or fax: 9347 6739 or .

If you would like to understand more about the research program, please go to

Kind Regards,
Professor Janet Clinton

HREC: 1750667; Date: 26/06/18; Version: 1

Melbourne Graduate School of Education
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