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The 3 Rs of Research in Child Care - Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities

by Barbara B. Rosenquest
March/April 2002
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As preschools, child care centers, family child care, Head Start, and school-age programs become the sites for research studies, teachers and directors become partners in the projects. The involvement of program personnel in educational research studies ranges from being the subjects of an investigation, to facilitating access to children or a classroom, to becoming researchers of their own practice. In each situation, it is important for teachers and directors to understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities that accompany participation in educational research. The purpose of this article is to delineate three levels of participation for classroom employees in educational research and to present the issues that must be considered at each level.

Child Care Employees as Research Subjects

Individuals doing a small study or a team of researchers involved in a larger project may approach your program to solicit your participation. They may be interested in using your staff, families, or classrooms to examine curriculum, teaching, or how children learn and develop. In order for you to determine if the study is reliable, there are two essential resources to guide your decision. The American Psychological Association (APA) publishes a set of guidelines that researchers routinely follow to ensure that studies meet ethical standards. ...

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