This is our space for interaction. We want you to feel welcome and invite you to contribute. This is both a website and wiki. It is a website for all visitors, but it is a wiki-web for members (this means you can contribute). If you are not a member, please join us. Here is the link to join AERA Action Research SIG.
We will soon be adding all of the new and renewing members to the website. If you want to added right away, send an email to Elena Polush <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If you are a member and the site has been shared with you, you will need to go to the bottom of the page and on the left side of the menu you will see a login option.
If you are new to google sites, there are two videos to help you learn how to work in google sites:
1) overview of google sites and
2) learn how to use this site-- they are both short and watching these videos will help you become an expert.
Once the site is shared with you, you can start the process by selecting members and adding your name and information to the contact list. If you want to see some of the places were action research is being done, take a look at the Action Research World Map. Derrel Fincher, our map keeper has created a google map with many of our sites. If you don't see your favorite center for action research listed, contact Derrel. It would be great to have the globe covered with markers. Also you are welcome to use this site as a place to keep information about your action research activities. You are welcome to create your entry in the Action Research World.
We have also create a space for planning for AERA meetings.
We have information on the the sessions for AEARA 2014 please add your papers or powerpoints.
You can also find information about past sessions on this wiki-website and add your materials.
There is also now a Tech HELP! section to help you get started with two videos directly linked to this site.
We have also added a sandbox for you to experiment with if you what to test our your wiki editing skills.
Welcome and help us build and share in our action research world!
Congratulations to our newest slate of elected Executive Board Members. These officers work to ensure our SIG's success.
CURRENT ACTION RESEARCH SIG OFFICERS:
Donna Johnson, Independent Scholar, Action Research SIG Chair email@example.com
Debby Zambo, Arizona State U., Secretary/Treasurer
Linnea Rademaker, Northcentral University, Program Chair, Lrademaker2@gmail.com
Webmaster Committee Chair: Margaret Riel, Center for Collaborative Action Research, Pepperdine University firstname.lastname@example.org
Communication Officer: Elena Polush, Ball State University, email@example.com
Action Research SIG Chair
Fall 2015 Update
Hello Action Research SIG Members:
Happy Autumn! I hope that you are all doing well. Here are a few fall updates.
SIG Executive Board Elections Are Coming Soon. Get involved!!
The AERA General Election is about fourteen weeks away. This is your opportunity to run for election and to hold an important Action Research SIG leadership position, or to help out with the election. New elected terms begin in April 2016, during the AERA Annual Meeting. Those running for election should plan to attend the conference if elected (or not). The following positions will be on the 2016 SIG election ballot:
*Chair (two year term)
*Program Chair (2 year term)
*Secretary (two year term)
Here is how Action Research SIG members can get involved:
- Run For Elected Office. Submit a self-nomination document by the November 15 deadline (11:59 pm): Include your name, title and contact information at top of page in left hand corner. This should be followed by a 300 word statement (Anything over the limit will be deleted before review). State the position that you are running for and why? Also, discuss any leadership experience that you have, particularly within AERA and/or the Action Research SIG, that qualifies you for the position. All nominations should be emailed to: Donna Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Serve on the AR SIG Nominating Committee: Volunteer by Monday, November 2nd. The Nominating Committee will coordinate the SIG election process, with the support of the SIG Executive committee. We need three members to serve on this committee. If interested please email: Donna Johnson at email@example.com, as soon as possible.
Action Research SIG
Best Paper Awards - 2016
The Action Research Best Paper Awards are on the horizon again. This year in honor of the 2016 AERA annual meeting goal: forging a closer nexus between the ivory tower and professions/work spaces on the ground that our research impacts. Also, in honor of the increasing number of graduate students who have responded to our membership call, the Action Research SIG will provide awards in the two following areas:
We Need Volunteers to Serve on the Selection Committee!
Eight members are needed to coordinate the paper submission and review process, and to choose the best papers. Volunteers will work in two separate, but connected teams. Interested persons should contact Dr. Donna Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org, by Monday, November 15, 2015.
November 15 Last Day for Volunteers to Notify SIG Chair of
Decision to Join Awards Committee
January 15 Deadline for paper submission (All papers)
February 12 Award winners will be notified of their papers' award
See specific criteria for awards below.
Winners will receive $250 and a plaque if their paper is chosen by the selection committee. They are expected to attend the AERA 2016 Annual Meeting, where they will receive their awards. Winners will also present a synopsis of their papers at the Action Research Business Meeting and attend the AERA Annual Awards luncheon while at the conference. Winner's name and paper will be promoted on the Action Research SIG website and in publications.
*General Selection Criteria for both papers:
a) Action Research focus of project
b) Research design and methodological rigor
c) Results, interpretation, discussion, and/or
d) Implications and recommendations for continuing the action research cycle
e) Contribution to the field of action research
NOTE: Researchers: Submit all papers with an APA formatted cover page with full title & contact information (home and work) & 200 word professional bio.
*Practitioner Award Criteria
Description of the Award: The Practitioner Award is given to a professional in the field or a community member/team who submits a
report of their community action research that best exemplifies the principles of Action Research and/or that advances best research
a) The awardee(s) does/do not need to be a member of the AR SIG or of AERA.
b) Must have submitted paper for presentation at the 2016
AERA Annual Meeting
b) Submitted paper must have been selected for presentation
at the meeting
c) Report must meet criteria outlined in above award
*Dissertation Award Criteria:
Description of the Award: This award is given to a graduate student who submits a summary report of their action-research-based
a) Need NOT be a member of AERA
b) Need NOT be a member of the Action Research SIG
c) Dissertation completed between November 1, 2014 to
November 1, 2015
d) Submitted by graduate student (synopsis up to ten pages)
e) Verified by dissertation chair (verification letter included with report)
September 15, 2015
ACTION RESEARCH SIG CHAIR
Greetings to all. I hope that those of you who are working in schools, colleges and universities are off to an exciting start this academic year. I also want to wish other researchers the best in their endeavors as well, and to welcome new members.
Presently we have 287 members. I'm proud to announce that we have had a significant increase in graduate students among our SIG membership this year.
So much has happened since I last reached out, shortly before the AERA meeting last April. I lost a close family member and had to take some time away. I want to thank members of our Executive team for taking care of things during that period, particularly Llenea Rademaker.
We had a great time at the 2015 AERA Annual Meeting. Our SIG gave away our first research awards, and hosted a Practitioner Researcher's Breakfast meeting designed to build community and mutual exchange between SIGS that have similar goals as ours. We also had really great paper sessions, and a super business meeting/meet and greet. Members - old and new came out to make last year's annual meeting a success.
The 2016 AERA meeting with be held in Washington, D.C. next year (April 8th - 12th). The meeting theme is Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies. Next year's meeting promises to be even better than our recent one. AERA will unveil new and innovative presentation formats, a host of exciting speakers, a new film series, and more community-based sessions. There will be a number of Washington policy-makers in attendance to hear from members, and our SIG will co-host our first Presidential Session entitled, "Innovative Methodologies for Public Scholarship" (More information to come about this session). All are strongly encouraged to attend.
I also want to encourage members to support our sister organization -- the Action Research Association of the Americas (ARNA). You can learn more about ARNA at http://www.arnaconnect.org/. If you are interested in serving as our ARNA liaison please drop me a line. We are looking for a person who is willing to serve as a bridge -- to foster open and timely communications between the two groups.
Current members of our Executive Committee will be stepping down in 2016 at the upcoming AERA Annual Meeting, so there will be a need for a new president, program chair and secretary. I want to encourage all members with an interest to run for office. Elections will take place at the beginning of the upcoming new year. Nominations will be due in late November. I will provide you with more detailed information about qualifications, election dates and guidelines soon.
Please visit our site often and add information that you feel would be of interest and use to our members.
Thanks and Best Wishes
Dr. Donna Johnson
We hope to see all of our members at the upcoming AERA Annual Meeting in Chicago in a few weeks (April 16 - 20). To find out what sessions will be offered by our SIG, our business meeting information, conference highlights, etc., please check out information that our officers have put together under the "AREA Conference 2015" . We have provided a daily outline of events and recommended sessions. Also please come to our Community/Business meeting on April 17 and reflect on the meaning of action reseash. NOTE: AERA is live-streaming major sessions so that those who are not attending can participate via their computers. Check out the AERA annual meeting page for more information. Peace.
Dr. Donna Johnson, Action Research SIG Chair has a new book out (with co-editor Alice Ginsberg) entitled, Difficult Dialogues About 21st Century Girls. Published by SUNY Press, this new text presents cutting-edge research from transnational activist-scholars working and leading in the field of girls studies.
It also presents new conceptual frames, research designs and data-collection methods particular to work with girls, as well as innovative girls-centered program designs, and ends each chapter with questions and activities that promote deeper reflection, dialogue and engagement in extended activities related to the chapter theme or subject.
Editors consistently pair critical research on topics such as differential privilege, voice, cultural values, and access to material resources, with provocative questions throughout, in order to further thinking about issues that are often marginalized or overlooked in feminist domains. They also raise important and challenging questions about the evolution and direction of the field of girls studies, a relatively new discipline and research area that is rapidly growing. Difficult Dialogues concludes with a dialogue between some of the leading scholars in the field, moderated by Dr. Johnson.
Girls studies has many things in common with Action Research. Primary among them is the liberatory and empowering nature of both areas of inquiry. Action research seeks transformative change through the simultaneous process of action and research. Its goal is to promote self-change and continuous improvement among practitioners, primarily in the field of education. Much of girls studies research is practitioner - based as well, and developed with the goal of involving girls in the research process, interjecting their voices, and centering the research around their needs, rather than simply making them the objects of studies conducted about them. In a similar fashion, Action research places the researcher in the middle of the problem under-study and not on the outside as an observer.
Activism is the heart of girls studies, so researchers who enter the field are commonly activist - scholars rather than simply being ivy-tower based. As such much of the research is critical, and conducted by those on the ground for use in expanding girls' opportunities and improving their quality of life, and often includes program evaluations, promoting best practices in girls-centered programs/interventions, and for promoting equality in public policy. Like in Action Research, there is no presumption of neutrality.
My current scholarship focuses on developing mixed-methods research studies that merge feminist frames and girls studies methods with Action Research.
Dr. Johnson will be available to sign her book at the SUNY PRESS Booth at 2015 AERA ANNUAL MEETING on April 18.
The AERA Action Research SIG is honored to announce its first annual Best Paper Award winners. The selected work represents the highest standard of research in our field. Awardees are provided with a $250 cash award, an official AERA plaque and the opportunity to have their work posted on this website.
Award Winning Paper Title: Democratizing Teacher Candidates’ Preparation for Urban Settings: Action Research on the Urban Education Fellows Program
We congratulate Laura and Helen and look forward to their presentation of their award-winning paper as part of our SIG's Annual Business Meting (Date TBA), at the upcoming 2015 AERA Annual Meeting. Their presentation will address the AERA/AR SIG Annual Theme: Action Research Changing the World Through Education, Praxis, Research Theory, Policy and Social Justice.
The AERA Action Research SIG is hosting a breakfast meeting on Friday, April 17th (Time and Location TBA) during the 2015 AERA Annual Meeting.
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss possible events that Practitioner Researchers can work collaboratively to offer at the 2016 AERA Annual Meeting next year in Washington, D.C. Also, to discuss the possibility of forming a Participatory Research Division in the future, where researchers can align their resources and supports under one umbrella. The discussion of there being a division for Participant-based research SIGs has been floating around for some time. Those with an interest should contact their SIG chair. SIG leaders are encouraged to collect feedback and/or questions from members in advance as attendance at the meeting is limited to two members from each SIG, in order to ensure that all SIG representatives are heard. Feel free to contact Dr. Donna Johnson (email@example.com) directly with questions.
There are about 40 SIGs at AERA who fit under the umbrella
of practitioner – based research. Members are commonly drawn to sessions
presented by members from other similar and overlapping SIGs during our annual
The Action Research SIG has established a new Facebook page for all in these SIGs to use. This new page allows the practitioner researchers at AERA to build a collaborative professional community and network,
where all are free to post questions, chat, share new knowledge, explore the intersections
and contrasts between our work, and where we can communicate across SIG lines
in a supportive and productive manner.
Members are encouraged to post information about their research and professional activities to this page. They are also encouraged to post about SIG members and events, emerging research, happenings in the field, jobs, and more. Join this Participant Research community by going to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/784065658354598/. Contact Jennifer Robins at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information about the page.
| My name is Javarro Russell. I am a Board Member of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) an affiliate of AERA. This year I am a co-chair of the fall 45th Annual Conference in Trumbull, CT. I am writing you in hopes that you could provide your members with our call for proposals. This is an excellent conference for those that are interested in another opportunity outside of AERA to present their research or participate in professional development. Attached is our current call for proposals. I¹ve also attached our most recent newsletter so that your members can have a sense of what to expect from our conference experience. You can also obtain the newsletter by using the following link:http://www.nera-education.org/newsletter/NERA_Researcher_Winter_2014.pdf|
Thanks for helping me get the word out. Please contact me if you have an questions.
Report on Outreach Discussion – AR SIG Business Meeting, April 6, 2014
By Lonnie Rowell, Program Chair, 2012-2014
A small number of individuals (n=4) participated in a discussion of future
directions for the Community Outreach initiative of the AR SIG. Program
March 15, 2013
Hello Action Researchers,
We are looking forward to see you soon at the AERA conference. As you know the conference program is posted on AERA but we also post the Action Research session on our website so that you can have ready access to shorter listing of the sessions. You will find this listing on the AERA Conference 2014 page. At the bottom
of the page is a file that you can import into your calendar program to have a listing of the SIG sessions on your personal calendar.
We also wanted to let you know that a large number of AR SIG
members will also be attending the Action Research Network of the Americas Conference, May 22-24 in Bethlehem, PA. There is still time to submit a proposal but you would need to hurry.
We look forward to seeing you at either or both of these conferences.
December 16, 2013
Hello, Action Researchers,
I have just submitted the slate of candidates for Action Research SIG officers for 2014. Officers in our SIG hold the position for one year. When AERA sends you your ballot, make sure you vote. Watch out for membership renewal information so that you can vote! Join the SIG this year and help us continue to build the strong base we have had in the past!
The slate of candidates is posted so you can have a preview of your election choices.
Also, at the business meeting, I would like to have a panel of journal editors who accept research papers using an action research methodology. We can talk about criteria for these papers. We will provide a list of journals as well. Do join us for the Action Research Business meeting at AERA!