OPTIONAL Plant Awareness Disparity Index (PADI) Survey
In partnership with Kathryn Parsley, Ph.D. Candidate and Dr. Jaime Sabel at the University of Memphis

Bonus Points: Schools may be awarded up 2 points per individual survey completed; Up to 50 points

Researchers at the University of Memphis need your help to validate an assessment called the Plant Awareness Disparity Index (PADI). This survey measures a concept called plant awareness disparity (PAD), which is formerly known as “Plant Blindness.” The PADI will provide insight on how well students recognize and appreciate the presence of plants in our environment, as well as their important ecological role (Wandersee and Schussler, 1998).

In order to participate schools will need to provide the following:

1. Registration for Participation

2. Letter of Support signed by school principle and emailed to kmprsley@memphis.edu (Spanish Version). Deadline extended to Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 5:00 pm 
(Note: Combination schools with the same principle on the same campus may provide one letter addressing participation at all grade levels; Combination schools with the same principle on different campuses must provide 1 letter per campus)

Upon completion of registration and receiving the Letter of Support, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval will be obtained by the researchers. Once this is complete, teachers will be emailed one link with the parental consent form, one link with the personal/student assent form and PADI survey (the assent form and survey will be in the same link), and a script to read to their students informing them about the survey and what is being asked of them. The last day for students to complete their survey will be Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

Meet Kathryn Parsley:
Kate Parsley received her B.S. in Biology from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and her M.S. in Biology from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Memphis in Tennessee where she is developing a survey to measure plant awareness disparity (formerly known as plant blindness) and investigating the use of classroom scaffolds to decrease plant awareness disparity and increase botanical literacy in undergraduate and K-12 biology students.

For more information please visit: kathrynmparsley.com


o   Taking the survey is part of the challenge, but students can choose not to let their answers be used for research purposes

o   If the student or parent choose not to let the answers be used for research, they will not be used

o   Schools will receive points regardless if they consent to participating in the research or not

o   Each individual survey must be completed in its entirety in order to receive points. Incomplete surveys will not earn points for their school.