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Monday
16th November 2015
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What's the Buzz?
Clinical trials

Clinical study

We're so pleased that so many want to take part in our clinical trial to test the efficacy of 'What's the Buzz?' - our social and emotional literacy program in 2018. There is scope for more educators to work with us, so if you, a colleague or a friend is interested please share this with them. Our motivation is to make the pool of children, or sample as large as possible.

The trial includes groups of students in year 1 to year 4. All male, all girl or co-ed groups are fine.

The trial begins at the beginning of the 2018 school year. It is essential that the groups of children who become involved have NOT experienced 'What's the Buzz?' before. It is fine for teachers to be experienced or inexperienced, in delivering 'What's the Buzz?'

There will be TWO ASPECTS of the trial. You may choose both or one;

ASPECT ONE; we'll be asking for teachers with mainstream classes to work through the EARLY LEARNER's program over 16 weeks. We'll call these an EXPERIMENTAL GROUP. To start, we'll ask you to collect some data in the form of TEACHER, STUDENT and PARENT surveys. These will be completed before and after the trial so we can measure differences. This is important!

We also need a CONTROL GROUP. This means a group at the same year level, at the same school and ideally a very similar gender and needs mix. The CONTROL GROUP must not have experienced 'What's the Buzz?' before, or during the trial time. They will also be asked to complete the TEACHER, STUDENT and PARENT surveys, before and after the trial period. From an ethical standpoint, we must guarantee that the CONTROL group receives the same input from the program afterwards.

ASPECT TWO; we're looking to collect data from TARGETTED groups. These groups are to be comprised of 4 or 5 students placed together from a particular year level (years 1 to year 4 considered) because educators believe they require specialised and explicit input.

Again, we require an EXPERIMENTAL and a CONTROL group that have not have experienced 'What's the Buzz?' before. We need to match the EXPERIMENTAL group with a similar CONTROL group. This means a group at the same year level, at the same school and ideally a very similar gender and needs mix.

Both groups will be asked to complete the TEACHER, STUDENT and PARENT surveys, before and after the trial period. Again, from an ethical standpoint, we must guarantee that the CONTROL group receives input from the program afterwards.

So, are you interested? If you are, please email our lead researcher - Adele; adelekate@gmail.com