It's important that research in state schools and other departmental sites:
- benefits education and school communities in Queensland
- uses an appropriate methodology that's likely to produce valid and reliable results
- protects the wellbeing and privacy of staff and students
- has no negative impact on teaching and learning.
For this reason, researchers need to apply to conduct research in the department or state schools, or to access other departmental data.
Our guidelines for conducting research (PDF, 120KB) give detailed information about the application process, including:
- who to apply to, depending on the nature and location of the research
- ethical considerations
- what information to include with an application
- factors we consider when appraising the research
- the approval process.
Advertising research in schools
If you just want to advertise your research on a school noticeboard or in a newsletter to recruit voluntary participants for research that's not being done in a state school, please complete the research advertisement in schools form (PDF, 1.8MB) and submit it directly to the school principal/s.
The school principal will review your request, and must be satisfied that the project meets ethical standards.
If you want further assistance from the school, would like help in recruiting participants, sending out information sheets or collecting consent forms, or accessing student data, you'll need to submit a full research application.
Terms and conditions for conducting research
Researchers who complete and submit a research application or research advertisement in schools form, will be required to agree to and will be bound by, the department's terms and conditions for conducting research (PDF 148KB).