Steps for conducting research in a classroom

Once you’ve gained approval from the Lab School and the IRB to carry out your research, follow the steps below to conduct your study.

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  1. Contact the classroom’s lead teacher, preferably via email, at least one week before you plan to go into a classroom to meet the children.
  2. Plan to go into the classroom at least twice to establish rapport before asking children to participate in research “games.” Once you begin running subjects, keep the lead teacher posted as to when you plan to come into the classroom. Be sure to check for any conflicts with special events on certain days.
  3. Reserve a room to conduct your study in the Room 35/36 research suite, if needed. Contact Eric Hart in Room 158 for assistance.
  4. Be sure to inform teachers that a child is going with you AND to sign out each child on the posted research sign-out sheet for your study before leaving the classroom or playground. Space is provided to indicate: a) the date, b) the time out and back, c) the research room, and d) the experimenter’s name. This procedure provides a record of each child’s participation and makes it possible for the teacher to check on the whereabouts of each child at any time.
  5. Sign back in when returning child.
  6. Inform the teacher of the child’s return.
  7. If anything unusual has occurred during the session, inform the lead teacher immediately upon your return.
  8. If you have promised another child a turn, be sure you follow through, if possible.
  9. After returning the child to the classroom, put the project letter (addressed to the parent) on the clipboard with the sign out sheet OR give it directly to the lead teacher. Each lead teacher will have their own preference about how to handle this, but ultimately the teachers will hand this letter directly to the parent at the end of the day.
  10. If you have any concerns, questions, or comments about your role, a child’s participation or the process, please speak with the teacher or the Director of the Lab School.
  11. When your research has ended (or at the end of the school year for ongoing research) complete a research summary form and return it to the Lab School Administrative Assistant Amy Pieren. This is required in order for the Lab School to submit its annual report on Lab School research activities to the IRB.

Questions

If you have any concerns, questions, or comments about your role, a child’s participation or the process, please speak with the teacher or the Lab School director.

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