How many people will be studied?
We plan to include about 140 children in this research study.
What happens if I say yes, I want my child to be in this research? The entire procedure of this study will take approximately 100 minutes for your child. This study consists of 5 sessions (20 min each; total 100 min). If you provide your permission for your child to join this study, your child will be asked to do the following.
- Child sessions (5 sessions, 20 min each): During the first and last sessions, your child will meet with researchers to play math and word games and answer questions. For the three sessions in between, your child will read a storybook with an AI reading partner and answer questions. While reading the storybook, your child will wear a wristband to measure their physiological engagement in reading.
- Audio/video recording of the child sessions: We will video and audio record all sessions. Recordings will be used for research purposes. Digital copies will be kept in the lab. Identifiable videos will be viewed for purposes of data analysis and training. Only authorized research personnel may view these recordings. Identifiable recordings will not be shown, either publicly or as part of the presentation of data, unless you give your permission on the form below. The results will be reported as group response patterns. Your child’s responses do not make them identifiable. The data we collect are confidential, and we do not disclose results from any individual participant to parents, subjects, or the university.
What happens if I say yes, but I change my mind later? You can withdraw your permission for your child’s participation in this research at any time, for any reason, and it will not be held against you. If you decide you no longer want your child to participate in this research, contact the researcher so that the researcher can cancel scheduled sessions. Your child can leave this research at any time for any reason. If your child decides to stop, he/she can tell the researcher and the researcher will end the task immediately. If you wish to withdraw your child, you will be asked for permission to use data collected up to the point of withdrawal. Data collected to the point of withdrawal will be used for the study, it is requested to be destroyed by you or your child.
Is there any way being in this study could be bad for my child? (Detailed Risks). There are no known risks to participating in this study. There is only minimal risk associated with this research project. It is not more than what is experienced in a typical home environment.
Can my child be removed from the research without my OK? Your child will not be removed from the research study without your approval.
What happens to the information collected for the research? We will make every effort to limit the use and disclosure of your child’s personal information, including research study and medical records, only to people who have a need to review this information. We cannot promise complete confidentiality. Organizations that may inspect and copy your child’s information include the IRB, Human Research Protection Program, and other authorized representatives of Virginia Tech. Any suspicions of child abuse, neglect, or other concerning circumstances will be reported by researchers to the PI, Dr. Koeun Choi, who will report to the appropriate channels. Specifically, Dr. Choi, after informing the parent, will be obligated to contact the Department of Social Services, in compliance with the mandatory reporting laws of the state of Virginia. If identifiers are removed from your private information or samples that are collected during this research, that information or those samples could be used for future research studies or distributed to another investigator for future research studies without your additional informed consent. The results of this research study may be presented in summary form at conferences, in presentations, reports to the sponsor, academic papers, and as part of a thesis/dissertation.
What else do I need to know? This project is being funded by the Institute of Creativity, Arts, and Technology and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech. If you want your child to take part in this research study, your child will receive small prizes (i.e., stickers) after each session and a certificate of completion at the end upon approval of your child’s school. The stickers will be placed on child’s certificate at the end of each session. For the first four sessions, the certificate will be retrieved by the researcher to minimize disruptions in your child’s classroom. Upon completion of the final session, the certificate will be handed to directors or staff so that the child can pick it up during pick-up time. Your child’s classroom will be compensated with storybooks. We will not offer to share your child’s individual task results with you.