- Answer an important question that can be investigated through experiences.
- Build on relevant theory and previous research, as seen in detailed references to others’ work.
- Present an independent, balanced, and objective approach.
- Evaluate alternative explanations for the findings.
Online Guidelines and Resources are available to help early childhood professionals become well-informed consumers of research. Explore how to assess research quality and use research for decision making.
Ethical Standards for Research are critically important when conducting research with young children and other vulnerable populations. Resource links provide information about:
- Research procedures must never harm children, physically or psychologically.
- Children and their families have the right to full information about the research in which they may participate, including possible risks and benefits. Their decision to participate must be based on what is called “informed consent.”
- All those who receive federal funds for research must use specific informed consent procedures with research participants.
- Children’s questions about the research should be answered in ways children can understand.
- Children and their families have the right to refuse to participate in research or to withdraw from participating at any time.
- Information obtained through research with children should remain confidential. Researchers should not disclose personal information or the identity of participants in written or oral reports and discussions.