The CDL is actively involved with faculty from across the university in supporting course instruction with practical experience. Class projects in the past have ranged from child assessment projects to developing videotaping skills for use in studying preschool classroom culture.
Examples of class projects conducted at the CDL include:
- Designing age-appropriate free play experiences that promote motor development
- Using the CDL facilities as a starting point in designing a new outdoor education area for a child care center
- Surveying parents to determine how they shop for children's clothes
- Identifying variations in children's social development
- Developing and implementing intervention strategies for children with identified developmental needs
- Interviewing CDL teachers, parents, and administration about issues in Early Childhood Education
- Class Project Requests should be submitted to the Associate Director at least one week prior to the starting date.
- If the class projects include photographing or videotaping, Request to Photograph and/or Videotape forms must be completed and submitted to the Associate Director at least three weeks prior to the starting date.
- Class Project Request forms and Request to Photograph and/or Videotape forms are available in Room 101 of the Child Development Lab building or at the front desk at the Early Child Development Lab building.
- Class project requests will be evaluated and approved based on the following criteria:
- Appropriateness for the population and facilities of the CDL Program
- Consistency with CDL Program goals and philosophy
- Intrusiveness of project on the day-to-day curriculum of CDL classrooms
- Provision for confidentiality
- Approved class projects will be supervised by the Director with input from teaching staff.
- All class projects and class observations are coordinated through a master planning calendar in the Associate Director's office.