Case Study Option A

The researcher is correct. The students are only being observed. There will be no interaction between students and the investigator(s) nor will any information about individual students be collected.

Of course, informed consent, as required by both Federal regulation and University policy, will need to be obtained from each of the teachers who will be interviewed about teaching methods. But since the interviews will be with adults and not cover sensitive aspects of the subjects' own behavior, these interviews also fall under an Exempt category.

In addition, separate IRB approval by formal application to the NYC Department of Education will also have to be obtained, as well as approval from the school superintendent of the relevant district, and the principals of the schools in which the researcher would like to carry out the observations. The investigator will also need permission from each of the teachers in the classrooms she would like to observe.