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Dissertation Research on Professional Development

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    Rachel Floyd

    Hello! My name is Rachel Floyd and I’m currently working on my dissertation research in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona. I’m researching the current professional learning needs of recent alumni from graduate foreign language programs, including those no longer in academia. Would you be interested in supporting my research as a participant?

    If so, you will be asked to complete two Qualtrics forms regarding:

    • your experiences with professional learning
    • needs for professional learning
    • the potential for an interview.

    Your responses to both will be archived for analysis and results will be made available to you.

    Eligible participants who complete both surveys will be entered for a chance to win a $25 gift card (out of a possible 92) and may be asked to participate in an interview for a $20 gift card. You can access the first survey here.


    Your participation is voluntary. All collected data, identifiable and non-identifiable, will be kept in a password-protected drive. There is always a potential risk of a breach of confidentiality of this data, however, the password to this drive will not be shared with anyone but myself and the co-PI/researcher on this project, my dissertation chair, Jill Castek. An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research. Thank you for your consideration!

    This topic was also posted in: LLC Francophone, TC Digital Humanities.
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