Long Island University/LIU Post
College of Education, Information, & Technology
720 Northern Blvd, Brookville, NY 11548


Introduction to the Survey and
Informed Consent Form for Human Research Subjects

You are being invited to volunteer in a research study called Principals’ Perceptions of the Barriers and Impediments to Distribute Leadership and Share Decision Making Under an Era of Heightened Accountability: An Exploratory Study Using Q Technique, conducted by Michelle G. Maltempi, a doctoral candidate in the School of Education. The purpose of the research is to identify, examine, and analyze the viewpoints of public high school principals on the barriers and impediments they may face when attempting to distribute their leadership and involve their teachers in shared-decision making processes.


As a participant, you will be asked to read and sort 48 statements into a template.  The survey will take 15 to 20 minutes.  You will also be asked to answer some questions about your professional background, which are not personally-identifying, and which will only be used to understand the responses from high school principals with similar backgrounds.  You as the participant, will not experience any discomfort.  In addition, there are no potential risks involved in participating in this study.  While there is no direct benefit for your participation in the study, it is reasonable to expect that the results may provide information of value for the fields of Education and Educational Leadership.


If you agree to participate in this study, your participation will be on an anonymous basis, and you will not be asked for any information that could identify you or your school individually. Your participation in this research is voluntary.  Refusal to participate (or discontinue participation) will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which you would otherwise be entitled.


If you have questions about the research you may contact the investigator, Michelle Maltempi, (516) 448-4896 or the department chair, Dr. James Dunne, (516) 299-4116.  If you have questions concerning your rights as a subject, you may contact the Institutional Review Board Administrator, Dr. Lacey Sischo, at (516) 299-3591.


By checking the “Agree to Participate” box below, you can indicate that you have fully read the above text and have had the opportunity to ask questions about the purposes and procedures of this study. If you choose not to participate, please check the “Decline to Participate” box below or simply close your browser.


Thank you for your consideration.

Michelle G. Maltempi, M.S., A.B.D.

Doctoral Candidate and Study Director
Long Island University