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Research sites

This outlines the roles and responsibilities with regard to the use of the CSLP Learning Toolkit (LTK) software and participation in CSLP research. It addresses the software, research projects, and contexts (i.e., research locations across Canada and elsewhere in the world). Funding and other considerations may require deviations from these guidelines as necessary.


A primary research site is a school, within a partner division/district/board that is generally intensively involved in the use of the educational tool and acts an active participant in the research study. A research school normally meets all of the following conditions: 

  1. Experimental or control classrooms that meet student age requirements and length of study requirements.
  2. With active support from teachers and school administration, achieves parental consent rates of at least 75%.
  3. With teacher assistance, willingness of students to complete pretest and posttest measures, including achievement measures, and possibly some observations with a completion rate of at least 75%.
  4. Willingness of teachers to complete pretest and posttest measures with a completion rate of at least 75%.
  5. Sufficient access to working technology and technical support over the course of the study such that students and teachers achieve regular and sustained use of the educational tool (experimental classes).

CSLP support for a primary research site is intended to insure that teachers and students feel the existence of our active support to insure the educational tool is well and wisely used. During the term of a research project, CSLP support includes:

  1. Initial one-or two-day training workshop locally or on-site.
  2. Annual follow-up one-day training locally or on-site and/or swap and share days.
  3. Access to technical support and pedagogical support by phone, email and/or via blogs/wikis.
  4. Where possible, release time and travel paid by the CSLP.
  5. Where possible, additional funding for control classes and possibly experimental classes.

NOTE: The CSLP cannot extend free support to non-research sites within a division/board.

A secondary research site is a school within a partner division/district/board that meets many, but not all of the conditions of a primary research site. The conditions include: 

  1. Experimental classrooms that meet the length of study requirements.
  2. With active support from teachers and school administration, attempts to achieve high parental consent rates.
  3. With teacher assistance, willingness to complete student pretest and posttest measures and possibly some observations with a high completion rate.
  4. Willingness of teachers to complete pretest and posttest measures.
  5. Sufficient access to working technology and technical support over the course of the study such that students and teachers achieve regular and sustained use of the educational tool.

During the term of a research project, CSLP support for a secondary research site includes:

  1. Initial one-day training locally or onsite. 
  2. Access to technical support and pedagogical support by phone, email and/or via blogs/wikis.

For Further Information
Contact the LTK Coordinator, Anne Wade at wada@education.concordia.ca.

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