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Dissertation research - practicum supervision

Do you have a new fieldwork or practicum student at your public library this fall? Would you like to know how other public library fieldwork experiences are structured?

My name is Sian Brannon and I am a doctoral student in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University.  I would like to invite you to participate in my dissertation research study entitled Examining the Fieldwork Experience from the Site Supervisor Perspective: A mixed-methods study using Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development theory. The purpose of this research is to determine the current practices of public library fieldwork supervisors.

You may participate if you hold a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school and have supervised at least one fieldwork student in a public library within the past five years.  Participants will be asked to complete an online survey which is expected to take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. 

A possible risk in this study is discomfort with these questions you are asked. You may stop answering questions at any time and end the survey. Another risk in this study is loss of confidentiality. Confidentiality will be protected to the extent that is allowed by law. The survey responses will be deleted within 1 years after the dissertation is finished. The results of the study may be reported in scientific magazines or journals, but your name or any other identifying information will not be included.

There is a potential risk of loss of confidentiality in all email, downloading, and internet transactions.

More information about the study can be found at this website:  https://sites.google.com/site/fieldworksupervisors/. If you decide to participate after visiting the site, you can access the survey there.  Survey closes November 16, 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact me at sbrannon@twu.edu or my advisor, Dr. Lynn Akin at lakin@twu.edu.  Thank you for your consideration.

Sian Brannon