Online General Information and Privacy Statement for the Indigenous Girls STEM Academy: Teachers of STEM Initiative

Who is involved?

The Stronger Smarter Institute (SSI) is Australia’s longest running national Indigenous Education organisation. In partnership with Prime Minister and Cabinet it is running a ten-year project across Australia to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to gain STEM teaching qualifications. This project is called the Indigenous Girls STEM Academy: Teachers of STEM Initiative.

What is the purpose?

The objectives of the Teachers of STEM Initiative are to:

  1. support Indigenous women to complete STEM teaching qualifications;
  2. improve the STEM educational experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander s
  3. Students, particularly women and girls;
  4. incentivise Indigenous women with teaching and STEM qualifications to this development as educators; and
  5. increase the number of Indigenous women teaching STEM in schools.

 

What are we collecting – Is it successful?

SSI staff will collect and collate de-identified data to help understand who is trying to access the program. This information will be used to improve the program and for reports to program partners.

When we use this student data in reports, we will not identify any students or their schools.

Your involvement in Indigenous Girls STEM Academy: Teachers of STEM Initiative

We are asking your permission to use this information in a deidentified and aggregated way to promote and report on the program This may include reports to funders, Departments of Education and promoting the program online and at education conferences.

We will store all information relating to yourself securely.

We are also seeking your permission to share this deidentified and aggregated information with partners in the program (e.g. Prime Minister and Cabinet) so that they can also report on and promote the program.

Evaluation

As well as measuring if the program is working, SSI will also be measuring why it is or is not working. This evaluation will provide a deeper understanding of what works and does not work in Indigenous education.

The evaluation findings will be reported to the funder, presented to policy makers and Indigenous education stakeholders, presented at workshops and conferences and published on-line and in journals. They will be used to improve the Indigenous Girls STEM Academy Teachers of STEM Initiative and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student learning opportunities.

Individuals will only be identified in the evaluation findings (e.g. in a case study) with the permission of the individuals, which we will seek at the time.

Participation in the evaluation is voluntary. You will not be penalised in regard to participating in any element of the Indigenous Girls STEM Academy Teachers of STEM Initiative if you choose not to consent to research.

If you would like more information or have concerns

This study has been approved by AIATSIS Human Research Ethics Committee in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007). If you have any questions concerning participation in the Indigenous Girls STEM Academy: Teachers of STEM Initiative or the optional evaluation then please contact the Stronger Smarter Institute Research Manager, Cathy Jackson on 03 95185962 or cathy.jackson@strongersmarter.com.au

Alternatively, any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study can be raised with AIATSIS

Dr Lisa Strelein
Director of Research
lisa.strelein@aiatsis.gov.au
P: 02 6246 1155

Further information on this national project is on our website: https://strongersmarter.com.au/teachers-in-stem/

If you would like to withdraw your permission at any time please contact the Stronger Smarter Institute Research Manager, Cathy Jackson on 03 95185962 or cathy.jackson@strongersmarter.com.au

 

For further information about Stronger Smarter Institutes privacy policies, see https://strongersmarter.com.au/terms-and-conditions/