Here are some frequently asked questions by other parents involved with this study. If your question is not answered on this page, please don’t hesitate to send us an email with your question.
Why is the study being done?
This study aims to increase our understanding of the development of preschool children’s early thinking skills and number skills. It is also testing how we might improve children’s number skills with simple activities.
Do we have to take part?
It is up to you and your family to decide whether or not to take part. If you decide to take part, with your child, we will ask you to sign a form giving consent for your participation. Anyone who signs a form is still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason.
What will happen if I give permission for my child and I to take part?
If you participate in this research we will invite you to come to Loughborough University for one hour. We will ask you to play a game with your child and complete a questionnaire about your child’s learning. Meanwhile, we will give your child an age-appropriate learning assessment, and ask them to play some games. You will receive a free pack of games and activities and a booklet about how to help your child learn. These games can be easily built into your daily routine.
What are the benefits of participating?
We cannot guarantee any direct benefit for you or your child; however, it is possible that the study will help your child to learn and develop new skills. It may also be rewarding to help your child learn and to take part in scientific research and learn a little about how scientific research is conducted. The findings of the study will be used to give parents information about how best to support their children’s early development. You will receive £20 at the end of the study to reimburse you for your time and travel expenses. Please note, we are unable to give individual feedback about children’s performance.
What about confidentiality?
All data will be analyzed anonymously and all personal details will be kept in a locked filing cabinet in the university, that no one else will have access to. Anonymised data will be archived indefinitely to allow potential reuse by other researchers. We plan to publish the findings in a scientific journal, although this can take two to three years from the end of the study.
Who is conducting this study?
The study is headed by Dr Sophie Batchelor and Dr Camilla Gilmore from the School of Science at Loughborough University.