Questionnaire for Parents/Guardians

Questionnaire for parents/guardians who are thinking about or who have already decided to withdraw their children from French Immersion schools/programs

INFORMATION ABOUT THE STUDY & CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE (read carefully before responding to the questionnaire)

Study Title & protocol number

"Exploring attrition rates and parents' perceptions of French Immersion programs in Alberta: What the numbers tell us and what drives parental decision-making about enrollment and withdrawal?" (Pro00098875)

Study Background

This project is the result of a collaboration between various parties (i.e., University of Alberta faculty members, Canadian Parents for French, and other important stakeholders such as members of various local school divisions) directly concerned with the improvement of French Immersion schools/programs (French Immersion, henceforth). It aims to fill a gap in our knowledge concerning what motivates parental decisions to withdraw their child/ren from French Immersion. Parents are key stakeholders in the decision-making process and yet little is known when it comes to their experience, perceptions, and overall motivations.

Purpose

This study is specifically designed to respond to the gap in our knowledge by surveying parents of children enrolled in French Immersion who have thought about or already have decided to withdraw their children from French Immersion. The main purpose is to gather valuable information regarding what influenced their decisions from the time they enrolled their child/ren in French Immersion to the time they started thinking about or already decided to remove them from French Immersion.

Study Procedures

Your participation will involve responding to a Google Survey questionnaire about your personal experience as a parent of a child once enrolled in French Immersion or who is currently enrolled but is likely to transition to a non-immersion program in the near future. The questionnaire is available in English and should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Benefits

Your participation in this study will help us gain valuable knowledge to improve French Immersion in Canada. In order to improve the quality of French Immersion and, thus, improve retention rates within these programs, it is essential that we better understand what key factors influence the parental decision making process particularly when it comes to the removal of their child/ren from French Immersion before grade 12. Specifically, your participation in this study will allow us to gain valuable knowledge that will likely help improve the quality of French Immersion by allowing us to identify critical areas to focus on and practical interventions to implement to support families with children enrolled in French Immersion in Canada.

Risk

While there are many positive aspects to your contribution, it is possible that you will not get direct benefits from participating in the research. We do not know of any risks involved in participating in this study.

Voluntary Participation

Your participation is completely voluntary. You will be free to stop at any point, or not to take part at all, without consequence. You can opt out of the research at any time without penalty. Should you choose to withdraw halfway through the electronic survey simply close the link in your browser. Incomplete survey responses will not be included in the final study. Given the anonymous nature of the survey, once you have submitted your responses, it will no longer be possible to withdraw from the study. Please note that you do not have to answer all the questions if you do not want to.

Confidentiality & Anonymity

The information collected in this research is not of a confidential nature. We will mainly ask you questions about your experience, perception, and motivation as a parent of a child enrolled in French Immersion who is thinking about removing him/her from that program or has already done so. The information will be used for academic purposes (i.e., in academic works, publications, and presentations). It will enable us to better understand the experience of families with children currently enrolled or once enrolled in French Immersion which, in turn, will help us identify critical areas to focus on for improving the way French Immersion responds to the specific needs of involved families. The questionnaire created with Google Survey, complies with security and privacy requirements, and is provided by the University of Alberta. Your answers will be stored on protected UofA Google servers, downloaded on the investigators' password-protected computers and saved on an encrypted hard drive. Hard copies, if any, will be kept in a locked filing cabinet located in the office of one of the investigators. Only the research team will have access to the data, which will be securely stored for 5 years after the study is over, and then destroyed. All records with your names and emails will also be destroyed within a three month period after the end of the survey.

Further Information

If you have any further questions regarding this study, please do not hesitate to contact the Research Principal Investigator, Dr. Laurent Cammarata, at cammarata@ualberta.ca (780-246-3996).

The plan of this study has been reviewed by a Research Ethics Board at the University of Alberta which is independent of the researchers. If you have questions about your rights or how research should be conducted, you can call the board office at (780) 492-2615.

Link to questionnaire