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Observations, Participation & Research Applications


Faculty who wish to have their students observe at the CDC as part of a course assignment should complete the Request for Use of the CDC for Course Activity form (see website). After approval by the CDC, students should report to the CDC office to sign in and obtain an observer badge. All records of observations must follow university rules and regulations for maintaining confidentiality.


Students wishing to engage in on-going participation at the CDC must obtain approval through the same Request for Use of the CDC for Course Activity form and must also comply with all licensing requirements for regular participation. This includes a physical exam, background check, three letters of recommendation, and signed no conviction statement. All students must wear appropriate identification while carrying out assignments at the CDC.


The Center encourages research that is collaborative and classroom based. All research must be compatible with children's ongoing school experiences and adhere to the ethical guidelines established by Kent State University's Institutional Review Board and the Child Development Center.

Faculty and students desiring to conduct research at the CDC should schedule an appointment with the Director to begin the preliminary review process. This is an exploratory process to consider the "goodness of fit" between the researcher's interests and the center's program. It consists of a brief form outlining the problem statement and the procedures for study. The primary concerns at this stage are that the research is developmentally appropriate, non-threatening, non-sexist, non-racist, non-classist, safe, and healthy. (Preliminary Research Review Form)

If there appears to be a good fit, then the researcher enters into the Main Review process which includes the completed IRB protocol and verification of approval by this body, along with particulars pertaining to the process of studying young children. Throughout the process, the CDC is interested in assisting persons to develop a research design that meets these standards (Main Research Review Form). The CDC Research Committee approves all research to be conducted at the CDC.

At the completion of the research project, the main investigator must provide the Center with a final report including dissemination plans.

Lab Participation Forms                                   Teaching Assistant Forms

Request for use of center   Employment Application  

Confidentiality Statement   Volunteer Application

Observation Guidelines                       

Request to Conduct Research

Research policies

Preliminary research review form

Main research review form

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