Study 1

Study 1

We are currently recruiting children for Study 1. If you would like your child to participate please click on the following link, (insert link to consent form) complete the consent form and email it to






The following information outlines what is involved.  Thank you for taking the time to read this information. The study has been approved Social Research Ethics Committee of University College Cork.


How reliable is assessing children’s language online? A comparison of ‘in person’ and ‘on line’ methods?’.



Purpose of the Study

The aim of this study is to compare online and in person language testing methods with young children, to see if completing tasks on line is as reliable as when they are done with the support of a person. The study is being run by University College Cork.


What will the study involve?

If you agree to take part, one of two researchers (a speech and language therapy or psychology graduate) both of whom are Garda vetted) will come to your school/preschool and play a computer game with your child. We are recruiting 200 children altogether, the first 20 of whom will be videoed so that we can 1) see how children respond to the game and 2) adapt it to make it easier to do without any adult help. The game will take 20 minutes.  After we make the necessary alterations to the computer game, the remaining 180 children will be asked to complete the game twice; once with a researcher guiding them and once on their own. They will do this on two different days, no more than a couple of weeks apart. Both researchers will analyse the results with the project lead Dr Pauline Frizelle.


Why is this information given here?

This information is presented here so that you are fully informed about the study in line with ethical requirements. If you school/ preschool  has agreed to take part in this evaluation you do not have to take part if you do not want to. Your participation is voluntary. It will not in any way, affect the preschool or school service you receive. If you agree to take part, you are free to withdraw at any stage up until the data has been completely anonymized.


What information will be collected?

For the first 20 children we will document how they respond to the computer game, what supports would be helpful if part of the game itself and what children like/ don’t like about it. For example, should we have more motivational stars, better instructions etc. For the remaining children we will collect anonymized scores for the on line and in person games.


Will your participation be kept confidential?

Only the researchers at UCC will have access to this information. 


How will the information be kept?

All data will be stored in a locked filing cabinet on a password protected and encrypted desktop in a locked room in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences in UCC. On completion of the study, the video data will be destroyed within 3 weeks of documenting children’s responses. All other data (which will be anonymized) will be placed on the Open Science Framework.


What will happen to the results?

The results will be completely anonymized and will then be placed on the Open Science Framework for re-analysis or further research. At no stage will you, your child or the participating school/ preschool be identifiable.


What are the possible disadvantages of taking part?

We don’t envisage any disadvantages, as the game is designed to be enjoyable for children and the researchers will come to the school / preschool at a time that is convenient for both staff and children.

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