Please Take Part in a Survey on Sex/Gender Concepts in Scientific Research

A colleague of mine from Berlin, Diana Schellenberg, needs participants for her survey on the categories of sex and gender in neuro- and psy-scientific research. I’m posting her call for participants below. Please consider following this link and completing the survey. I won’t lie, so I must say it takes some effort. But if you do it in four sessions or so, you get four nice little procrastination breaks.

I am writing to you to invite you to take part in my current survey and to ask you if you could forward the invitation to other people and/or groups who might be interested. Last year, I conducted a survey with researchers, asking them how they define and use sex/gender-related aspects in their studies. Now, I would like to know what people, who could be participants in such studies, have to say about sex/gender.

 

I pasted the invitation with more information below. Both, the invitation and the survey are in English. I would like to note that although the invitation is directed toward persons, who identify with LGBTQI* contexts, it is not “a must”, and I am happy about anyone who takes part. That is why I would be very grateful if you participated (as far as you are interested in participating from a participant’s perspective) and would be very happy if you could extend the invitation to others and/or make it publicly available, e.g. via mailing lists, blogs, etc.

 

Please know that the survey is anonymous and I will not know who participated and/or gave which answers. If you have any concerns, feedback or questions you would like to share, please feel free to contact me at dischellenberg[AT]mailbox.tu-berlin.de.

 

Thank you so much and all the best,

 

Diana Schellenberg

 

Diana Schellenberg, Dipl.-Psych.
Department of Educational Psychology
Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany

 


SURVEY ABOUT SEX/GENDER IN RESEARCH

 

My PhD thesis[*] is concerned with sex/gender assessment in scientific research. 
Last year, I conducted a survey with researchers and asked them how they define and use sex/gender-related aspects in their studies. Now, I would like to know what people, who could be participants in scientific studies, have to say about sex/gender. The focus is on persons, who identify with LGBTQI*-contexts, but anyone’s participation is highly appreciated.

 

I would like to invite persons…

• who identify with LGBTQI*-contexts
• of any age (above 18 years)
• from all over the world
• of any background

… to participate in an anonymous online survey, which…

– takes between 1 and 2 hours to complete (several short sessions possible)
– allows you to take breaks and save the questionnaire for later (using a link).

 

The survey is in English. If English is not your first language, I would like to invite you to try it out anyway.  Further information about language and accessibility can be found here: https://www.soscisurvey.de/sexgender_survey/?info.

 

You do not need to have special knowledge about sex/gender or about scientific research. In the survey, you are the expert for your own experiences. Even if sex/gender-related questions play a minor role in your life, your participation is extremely valuable.

 

You will be asked questions about:

• your personal experiences and experiences of being asked sex/gender questions
• how you view sex/gender
• what sex/gender-related words mean to you
• what you think, feel and do when you are asked about your sex/gender
• what you think about other aspects of discrimination (for example, related to class, race, (dis)abilities)
• what you think about different ways in which sex/gender-related aspects can be looked at in scientific studies
.

 

The project is intended to be as transparent as possible, and I am interested in your honest opinions, so please be assured that the survey is anonymous and does not contain any deceptive or experimental elements.

 

If you would like to participate in the survey, please follow this link: https://www.soscisurvey.de/sexgender_survey/.

 

The survey will close on September 30, 2015 at 9:00am Central European Time.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at dischellenberg[AT]mailbox.tu-berlin.de.

 

Thank you for your time and support.
Best regards,
Diana Schellenberg, Dipl.-Psych.
Department of Educational Psychology
Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany

 

[*] I am conducting my PhD project at Technische Universität Berlin. My supervisors are Prof. Angela Ittel (Technische Universität Berlin); Dr. Anelis Kaiser (University of Bern), and Prof. Kerstin Palm (Humboldt University of Berlin).


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