Frequently Asked Questions

For those interested in joining the research group:

Do I have to be a psychology major to get involved?

No, those of any major are welcome to join the research team.

How can I get involved?

You can take the psychology seminar that is offered in the fall or contact us any time

What is the level of committment?

You can choose your own level of committment; it will vary based on your role in the research group (leader or assistant), your decision to enroll in the seminar, etc. You can committ on either a long term or temporary basis.

What is the ECCAO seminar class?

The class is an introduction to the research group; you will learn about the background of the program and also receive training in in-school and in-home observations as well as database training. After training, you will complete observations with an experienced researcher.

When is training offered?

Training is offered during the seminar (those who are not enrolled can attend as well). For scheduled trainings or to arrange alternate training, contact us.

What are the requirements?

An interest in research and a desire to improve the lives of children.

What are the benefits?

Field experience in psychological research

Do I need to have a car?

No, we encourage carpooling for trips to schools, etc.

For parents:

How does my child become a participant?

Consent forms for in-school observations are sent home with your child at the beginning of each school year. If you consent to in-school observation, then consent forms for in-home observations will be sent home with your child.

What takes place during an in-school observation?

Observations will never interfere with classroom activities. Observers are very discreet so tha only the teacher is aware that they are observing the children. In addition, each child is given a code number to protect his/her anonymity. The only purpose for these observations is to collect data, not to pass judgment. Each observation lasts only 5 minutes during which cooperative and uncooperative behaviors are tallied.

What are the risks and benefits of allowing my child to be observed?

Since observations are anonymous and confidential, there are no risks to your child. The data collected from observations allows us to evaluate our program. Evaluation leads to a positive influence in your school system and the larger community. Allowing your child to be observed also allows for undergraduate students to get real-world experience in research, which promises for a better future for them as well as the community that they will contribute to.

How can I find out about results?

Look at our results page.

How will I know when Love and Logic parenting classes are being offered?

Information will be sent to your child's school when the parenting classes become available.

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