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Consent for Observation

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Observational research is defined as research which does not involve direct interaction or contact with the children outside of the child’s typical, daily routine and activities. The researcher may be in an observation booth, seated directly in the classroom, or on the playground. The researcher DOES NOT remove the child from the classroom.

Observational research may include the use of video tape recorders, audio tape recorders, event recorders or hand-written notes. Children are not identified by name and all observational material is erased or destroyed at the completion of the project.

All protocols for this type of research must be approved by the Director of Wimpfheimer Nursery School prior to the beginning of the observational period.  Observations which are anonymous and are part of class assignments but will not be published or presented at a conference do not need Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. Observations which will potentially result in publication or professional use must have IRB approval and separate parent consent.

Parental consent form