The following information, along with the attached 'Application to Conduct Research in Catholic Schools' form will help you to frame a request to conduct research in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. The completed research proposal and any other relevant supporting material should be lodged with:
Religious Education and Curriculum Services
Catholic Education Office
PO Box 3317
MANUKA ACT 2603
Research in schools
While the Catholic Education Office (CEO) endorses the value of field research both for individual projects such as higher education qualifications and in its contribution to a greater understanding of educational issues, research projects should be of potential benefit to schools and to Catholic education generally.
The CEO has an obligation to ensure that such research is carried out in an acceptable manner and therefore checks all research projects intended for schools. Students' privacy must be protected and the research must be appropriate to the school environment and students' age. Parent/carer consent must be obtained for all research involving direct contact with students.
Taking research into schools involves two stages: in-principle agreement from the CEO and an approval to proceed from individual school principals. The CEO examines all proposals to ensure that the subject matter and methodology are suitable for the target schools. Submission of the research proposal form will initiate the first stage. If approval is given, a letter will be issued granting permission to approach schools.
Final approval for conducting research in Catholic system schools rests with individual school principals.
Applicants should supply a copy of the CEO letter of approval and a copy of their completed 'Application to Conduct Research in Catholic Schools' form when approaching the schools.
Carrying out research
Individual confidentiality and privacy must be observed. Questionnaires must be structured in such a way to ensure that respondents remain anonymous. Data which is to be disseminated or published in any way must always be aggregated to guarantee the anonymity of individuals or small groups. Schools should be informed about how your findings will be used (e.g. thesis, article etc) and if they are going to be published elsewhere.
For research approval and queries you may contact: Jane McCarty phone: (02) 6234 5412 or fax: (02) 6234 5496.
Please note :
When submitting the form, please attach proposed questionnaires, surveys and/or interview schedules. If only draft copies are available, please forward the final copies used in your research as soon as these become available. Copies of university ethics committees' approvals are also necessary, where appropriate.
NB: The form is adapted from that used by the ACT Department of Education and Community Services.