Consent Letter

You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Dr. Angela Pyle, an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. The purpose of this research is to understand early year educators’ perspective and approaches to implementing play-based learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete a 20-minute online survey. This study uses an online survey hosting program (REDCap) maintained by the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Survey questions focus on your views on the role of play in early education, your views on virtual learning for young children, and your approaches towards supporting play-based learning in socially distant and virtual classrooms. Your survey responses will be anonymous as no personally identifiable information will be collected.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. You may decline to answer any questions and can withdraw your participation at any time without consequence. To withdraw, simply close your web browser at any time. If you decide to withdraw participation after submitting your survey responses, it will not be possible to retrieve and delete your data as all responses are anonymous.

Your responses will only be accessible to Dr. Pyle and approved research assistants. However, for quality assurance purposes the data may be accessed by a member of the University of Toronto’s Human Research Ethics Program (HREP). The HREP members are bound to exercise the same level of confidentiality as the researcher.

The data collected from this study will be stored on a secured and password-protected online platform, maintained by the University of Toronto. The data will be electronically archived after completion of the study, maintained for a minimum of five years, and then deleted and purged. The results of this study may be shared in publications, academic conference presentations, and educational presentations for pre-service and in-service teachers. No personally identifiable information will ever be shared in the results.

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Dr. Angela Pyle at angela.pyle@utoronto.ca.

This study has been approved by the Research Ethics Boards of the University of Toronto. If you have any questions related to your rights as a participant in this study, please contact the Ethics Review Office at the University of Toronto at 416-946-3272 or, ethics.review@utoronto.ca.

Thank you for considering participation in this study.

Sincerely,

Dr. Angela Pyle

Associate Professor, University of Toronto, OISE

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