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Explanatory Statement for Survey: Protest music audience (Group 4)

Title of research project: Protest music, adult learning and education for social change

This information sheet is for you to keep…

My name is John Haycock and I am conducting a research project with Mary Lou Rasmussen a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education towards a Doctor of Philosophy at Monash University.  This means that I will be writing a thesis which is the equivalent of a 300 page book.

You have elected to participate in this research through the Pedagogy of Prop Survey/Questionnaire because of your interest in relation to this project: protest music, adult learning and education for social change. If after reading this short Explanatory Statement you choose to complete the Survey/Questionnaire, I greatly welcome your participation in this study.

The aim of this research project is to explore whether popular or protest music has been an inspiration for or led to processes of social change; and whether this has involved processes of learning and/or education. Popular and protest music’s role in shaping public consciousness and the social and cultural history of the last almost 60 years is relatively well documented. However, while connections are often drawn between popular music and social change in popular culture such as films, and the mass media, the role of protest music and its influence in processes of social change is relatively under-researched and under-theorised.

The survey/questionnaire is made up of 20 questions which are mostly multiple choice and a few for which you can provide up to a 500 character response. The survey/questionnaire should take no more than 30–45 minutes for you to complete.

I will use data from this survey/questionnaire to explore the informative or educative dimensions of popular and more specifically what I am calling protest music. I will also use the responses from the survey/questionnaire to examine popular and protest music as a source of informal adult learning, education and public pedagogy. Through your participation in this study it is hoped that new knowledge and theory will be generated on the informative and educative power of popular or protest music in processes of social change.


Participation in the survey/questionnaire is voluntary and anonymous. The write up of data yielded from this part of my study, as part of my PhD thesis and any subsequent publications will there not be able to identify you in relation to this study.

Confidentiality and Storage of data

The ‘raw data’ in the form of the completed survey/questionnaire forms will be confidential and stored as per university data requirements. Storage of the data collected will adhere to the University regulations and be kept on University premises in a locked cupboard/filing cabinet for 5 years.  My PhD thesis that reports on this project may be submitted for publication, but individual participants who have completed the survey/questionnaire will not be identifiable in any publication arising from this study.

Use of data for other purposes

Data arising from this survey/questionnaire will be initially written up as part of my PhD thesis, A pedagogy or pop? Protest music, adult learning and education for social change. My PhD thesis may also be published as a book. Data as it is written up from these focus groups may also be used for publication as journal articles, conference papers and presentations, and may be reported on in interviews with the research in the media such as radio.


If you would like to be informed of the aggregate research finding and receive information on publications in relation to this research project, please contact John Haycock at:

If you would like to contact the researchers about any aspect of this study, please contact the Chief Investigator: If you have a complaint concerning the manner in which this research
LR CF10/2127 – 2010001178 is being conducted, please contact:

Dr Mary Lou Rasmussen

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Education

Building 6, Monash University


Ph: 03 9905 2181




Executive Officer

Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC)

Building 3e  Room 111

Research Office

Monash University VIC 3800

Tel: +61 3 9905 2052
Fax: +61 3 9905 3831

Thank you.

John Haycock

PhD Student

Work and Learning Studies

Faculty of Education

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