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Sample applications

Sometimes it is helpful to have a look at a completed application that has secured ethical approval from SSHREC.

Below, you'll find several applications that have ethical clearance. They have been chosen as exemplars because they are well written and structured. They are coherent documents that align across all parts of the applications (e.g., aims, methods, instruments, etc.).

Please note that forms required by the HREC change. Please check HREC for the latest versions of the forms.

Title of project:
Student and teacher perspectives on pedagogical content knowledge in the senior mathematics classroom.

Ethics Coordinator's summary:
This project involved a number of techniques to collect data from students and teachers. As well as conducting individual interviews and focus groups, and questionnaires with participants, a series of lessons was observed and video recorded, and written work was photographed. This application illustrates some of the important considerations around consent and the management of rich, diverse data sets.

Title of project:
Girls and Embodiment: Investigating girls' responses to issues of femininity as constructed in children's literature and as related to lived experience.


Ethics Coordinator's summary:This project aimed to explore sensitive topics (such as body image), with a potentially vulnerable group of participants (teenage girls), and involved the collection of data through a variety of means (group interviews, individual interviews, and arts-based responses including video footage and photos of individuals). This application shows how the potential benefits of a research project can outweigh the risks associated with sensitive topics, vulnerable populations, and potentially identifying data - so long as there are appropriate plans to minimise and manage risks.

Project title:
Making sense of steepness: Adults applying their learning of high school mathematics to real life situations.

Ethics Coordinator's summary:
This application is for a project occurring within the Faculty of Education at UTAS and involves adult students. The research involves a questionnaire (based on an activity) and follow up interviews.

Project title:
The Measurement of Student Learning: Outdoor Education Teachers' Perceptions

Ethics Coordinator's summary:
This application describes a project that involved interviews with outdoor education teachers. Recruitment of these teachers occurs through the teacher's association (not through the Department of Education, CES or IST) so this is an interesting part of this application. Please note the clarity of this application and how all appendices are numbered and linked to the main application.

Project title:
Investigating the Implementation of the Sustainability Cross-Curricular Priority in Tasmanian Schools K-12


Ethics Coordinator's summary: This application stems from a research project that required getting consent from all 3 school sectors in Tasmania (Department of Education, Catholic Education Services, and Independent Schools). Principals and curriculum leaders were invited to complete a web based survey (Qualtrics) and to participate in a follow up interview. This application demonstrates how you can easily keep a survey would anonymous but still invite participants to identify themselves for later research tasks, such as the interview. Rather than including the space for contact details on the questionnaire itself, they simply provided a link to a second survey questionnaire where respondents could include their details. Please note the clarity of this application and how all appendices are numbered and linked to the main application.

Ethics - Introduction to Faculty of Education ethics review process

Vodcast 1:
Introduction to Faculty of Education ethics review process
(8 mins, 43 secs)

Ethics - How to complete a minimal risk ethics application

Vodcast 2:
How to complete a minimal risk ethics application
(18 min, 28 secs)

Ethics - How to complete a full risk ethics application

Vodcast 3:
How to complete a full risk ethics application
(27 min, 48 secs)