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One important element of our three-part mission is our contribution to the advancement of knowledge in child development and learning, curriculum, teaching and more.

All research projects are reviewed and approved by the UD Institutional Review Board to assure compliance with federal requirements for the protection of all participants in research studies. Protections include assurances of no harm and of anonymity.  In addition, all research projects must be approved by the Committee on Research serving children’s programs on campus and by the Director and Master Teachers of the Laboratory Preschool to assure that research activities will not disrupt or otherwise diminish a child’s experience.

Before each study, researchers obtain written informed consent for each participating child. Families decide if they would like their child(ren) to participate. Research projects may involve:

  • interviewing
  • observing
  • testing
  • videotaping families and children
  • asking parents or teachers to fill out questionnaires
  • or research activities in the homes of the preschool families.

Children are always thoughtfully introduced to the researcher prior to each investigation, and children’s responses are honored and respected. No child or family is ever required to participate.