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Participation Information

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Participation Information

If you decide to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete a series of four steps estimated to take 2 hours in total, with the longest single step taking 40 minutes to complete. A sub-group of up to 12 interested participants would also be recruited for optional follow-up interviews estimated to take 1-1.5 hours in March or April 2008.

For information about how mindfulness and leadership are defined in the study, please read the Frequently Asked Questions. For information about the actual criteria for participation, please click here.

Step 1: Participation Questionnaire - 10 minutes

The first step is to fill out a questionnaire providing some basic information about yourself, your leadership experience, and your mindfulness practice as applicable. This questionnaire takes 10 minutes to complete, and can be accessed by clicking the link on the left sidebar.

Step 2: Consent to Participate, Confidentiality, and Withdrawing from the Study - 10 minutes

If your experience meets the criteria for the study, I will ask you to read and sign a consent form. This form provides detailed information about the study, and the steps that will be taken to insure your privacy and the confidentiality of your results. You will have the option of withdrawing from the study at any point, upon your request, with no questions asked.

Step 3: Completion of 3 Assessment Instruments - 35 minutes, 15 minutes, and 10 minutes respectively

Next I will provide you with 3 standard assessment instruments that you will be asked to fill out. Each instrument can be filled out at separate times if preferred.

- The first instrument provides a general description of normal personality traits relevant for education and educational research and takes about 35 minutes to complete. It asks you to answer questions based on your self-assessed behaviors (versus your preferences, for those familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). It is available only in a paper-and-pencil version.
- The second instrument asks you to describe your normal emotion-related behaviors for managing yourself and your relationships with others and takes 15 minutes to complete. This instrument is available only in an on-line version.
- The third instrument provides a description of five types of mindful behavior and is designed for individuals with and without an explicit mindfulness practice. It takes 10 minutes to complete and is available on-line.

Step 4: Informational Questionnaire - 40 minutes

The final step is to complete a questionnaire I have designed to collect some additional information and to provide the opportunity for you to describe your leadership and mindfulness experiences in your own words. This questionnaire will be available on-line after you have completed the three instruments above.

Optional Follow-up Interviews - 1-1.5 hours

When you complete the questionnaire in Step 4, you will be asked whether you are willing to be contacted for an interview about your leadership and/or mindfulness experiences. This interview is estimated to take approximately 1-1.5 hours. From those who indicate a willingness to be interviewed, up to 12 will be selected for follow-up interviews to be held in March or April 2008. Interviews will also be conducted with strict confidentiality, as described in the agreement to participate.

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