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Research in an Educational Setting

The purpose of this section is to provide guidance for developing and conducting human subjects research in an educational setting. Education studies typically involve minors in schools, but can also include upper level institutions with adult participants, as well as other non-traditional educational settings.

Please note that some studies conducted in an educational setting may qualify as normal educational practice and are exempt. Please see Exempt: Normal Educational Practice for more information.

Section Topics

Conducting Research in Public or Private Schools
State and Federal Law for Conducting Research in Public Schools: Guide to FERPA, PPRA, and Legal Reporting Obligations
>>Student Records: FERPA
>>Obtaining Data from Student Records
>>Reporting Child Abuse
>>Reporting Suicide Threats
>>Reporting Illegal and/or Unsafe Behaviors
Collecting Data in an Educational Setting
>>Archival Data
>>Anonymous Surveys
>>Studies Where Students' Identity Is Known
Possible risks to consider when conducting research in an educational setting
>>Social Risks to Students
>>Waste of Child's Educational Time
>>Undue Influence and Student Confidentiality Issues
>>Activities That Could Adversely Affect Student's Grade
>>Burdening New Teachers and Student Teachers
>>Lack of Voluntary Participation
Informed Consent
>>Informed Consent for Adult Students, Teachers, and Administrators
>>Informed Consent for Minor Students and Parents

Related Topics:

Student Records
Normal Educational Practice
Research in an Educational Setting

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