The Edmonton Catholic School Division considers research to be of value to improving the theories and practices of learning and teaching and encourages the conduct of research in the pursuit of these ends. However, application to conduct research does not guarantee that a particular research project will be approved. Edmonton Catholic Schools may refuse permission if a project does not meet the criteria set out in the Division’s Administrative Policy and Regulations (See Administrative Procedures Manual ) or if the Division has an overload of projects already underway. Furthermore, Division approval does not bind individual schools and/or teachers who may, for reasons of their own, decline to participate. The Edmonton Catholic School Division website (http://www.ecsd.net ) provides insightful information concerning programs offered and Division philosophies which may be of assistance in making application to conduct research in the Edmonton Catholic School Division.
Approval for proposed research projects is more likely to be obtained for projects that:
- have educational benefits to the schools and Division
- place realistic demands on school personnel
- have limited impact on normal school and classroom activities
- demonstrate awareness of sensitive issues and the philosophy of the Division