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Welcome to the collaborative space for AERA Action Research Special Interest Group!

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 be added right away, send an email to Elena Polush <>
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 have created a space for planning for AERA meetings.  

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!

Join us for the AR SIG Business Meeting:

Monday, April 8, 2019,
6:35 to 8:05pm,
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Mezzanine, Carelton

AR SIG Members are invited during the AERA meeting:

Community Schools Research Practice Network Seminar

Monday, April 8, 8:00AM – 1:00PM

The Westin Harbour Castle, Convention Level – Pier 4


Register for the #AERA19 annual meeting in Toronto:

Call for Submissions:
The digital age proposes new teaching and learning approaches that respond to the current and future needs of students at different educational levels. Technologies add their own contexts and meanings to learning models and instructional strategies, thus providing innovative perspectives for the integration of new learning benefits that will shape the educational systems. Therefore, it is a challenge to transform and restructure these systems to develop learning and knowledge, and ensure a high quality education for all, based on open and flexible learning. The 15th Puerto Rican Congress of Research in Education is an international event that invites professors, researchers, teachers, administrators, students, and other interested persons to submit proposals for the presentation of works on: • Higher education: Changes and trends • K-12 Education: 
Strategies, projects and virtuality • Possibilities for early childhood in a changing world • Research and evaluation changes in the models • Inclusion, quality, equity and social justice • Administration, infrastructure and connectivity • Internationalization: Modalities and access The Congress invites the academic community and the general public to participate in a profound and comprehensive discussion on the subject: Education, Innovation and Technologies: Teaching and Learning in the digital age. Proposals are accepted in English and Spanish. Information required to submit the proposal: • Name (s) of the author (s) of the work and the name of the presenter • Postal address, telephone, email • Institution, agency or organization that represents • Title of presentation • Summary of the work to be presented (5000 characters) • Format (individual presentation, panel discussion or poster) • Academic and professional presenter data • Endorsement of a teacher (if you are a student) Registration fee: US$50.00 (UPR students do not have to pay registration fee).
Deadline to submit proposals:
November 16, 2018. Go to for more information or to submit your proposal.

Job Position:
Brandeis University seeks a director for its Education Program. The Education Program is a small interdisciplinary unit which currently offers an Education Studies major, undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs and a graduate program in teacher leadership. Our faculty are actively involved in research on urban schooling, comparative education, teacher education/teacher learning, teacher leadership, experiential education, and the history and philosophy of Jewish education. 
Located 11 miles west of Boston, Brandeis is easily reached by both public and private transportation. Brandeis faculty enjoy living in a thriving metropolitan area rich with cultural and educational resources, including access to the libraries of adjacent universities. Brandeis is close enough to the New England country-side and coasts to allow for easy escape. The Harry S. Levitan Director of Education will serve on the Brandeis faculty at the rank of associate professor or professor either inside or outside of the tenure system. We are looking for a colleague who bridges the worlds of scholarship and practice and who shares our commitment to promoting social justice through education. Some of our programs and courses draw on faculty from around the university. Others depend on close partnerships with public and Jewish day schools in the area. We need a director who can develop strong intellectual and programmatic ties with colleagues and administrators at the university and in the field. We are also looking for a leader whose scholarly and teaching interests can complement those of our existing faculty and who can enrich and expand our offerings. 
Applicants should upload to a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and two writing samples that provide a window into the candidate’s intellectual world and educational vision. Please share this letter and the attached job description with colleagues. 
Our search is open until November 15th
Thank you for your help. 
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Hello Action Researchers,
Some of you are using an activity, video or resource from the tutorials in your syllabi or course links. So this is just a quick message to let you know that the  Action Research Tutorials created by the Center for Collaborative Action Research has moved (and been revised) over the summer as the wikispaces location is no longer in operation and does not support forwarding links. 

The tutorials are as set of videos, activities, and resources to support the learning and teaching of action research.   Also, we have added a facebook group to support interaction, and it would be great if you would join.  Feel free to promote a project, book, or activity that the Action Research Community might want to know about. 

You might also be interested in our Action Research Community (ARC) of the Action Research Network of the Americas called of  Supporting the Teaching of Action Research (STAR).  
Have a great year!
Margaret Riel <>
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Job Position (Fall 2019):

The position announcements may be viewed here:

In addition, we will have one more ECE Asst. Prof. tenure-track position, on our WWU, Bellingham, WA campus to begin Fall 2019.

Persons interested in the WWU, Bellingham, WA position should contact me directly for more information. We strongly encourage inquiries now from members of groups who have been and still are underrepresented in university faculty positions. The formal position announcement will be available by Fall 2018.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Nationally Recognized ECE undergraduate program in Bellingham, WA. This position will require a candidate to teach, mentor and advise students in core courses in the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Program for undergraduate students preparing to be P-3 certified teachers. Candidates will have demonstrated experience, applied scholarship, research and course responsibilities with consideration given to scholars in the following broad ECE areas: 

  • Prenatal to age five children and families with an emphasis on inclusive, reflective, culturally sustaining and relationship-based contexts and  
  • Early childhood inquiry-based pedagogy, early environments, play, and creativity. 


Marilyn Chu, Ed.D.

Western Washington University

Woodring College of Education

Early Childhood Education, Program Director
516 High St., Bellingham, WA 98225-9092
(360) 650-2737 - phone,
(360) 650-7997 - fax

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Publishing - Journal Article Opportunity

Special Issue
“Computer Science & Engineering Education for Pre-collegiate Students & Teachers”

Consider submitting to this special issue, which is a mechanism to advance and capture the current conversation about computer science and engineering education in pre-collegiate schools—worldwide—by using current research studies in the area. Quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, and action research methodologies are welcome for this special issue. A clear problem and research questions, appropriate theoretical framework, literature review, methodology and methods, analysis, conclusions, and limitations are expected for all submitted articles.
More information can be found at
Recently extended: The deadline for manuscript submissions is in January 2019.

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Hello from Canada!
The five of us, Michele Jacobsen, Sarah Elaine Eaton, Barb Brown, Marlon Simmons, Mairi McDermott, from the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary, are happy to share our recently published article about our action research in graduate education, “Action Research for Graduate Program Improvements: A Response to Curriculum Mapping and Review”. 

Abstract: There is a global trend toward improving programs and student experiences in higher education through curriculum review and mapping of degree programs. This paper describes an action research approach to program improvement for a course-based MEd degree. The driver for continual program improvement came from actions and recommendations that arose from an institutionally mandated, year-long, faculty-led curriculum review of professional graduate programs in education. Study findings reveal instructors’ perceptions about how they enacted the recommendations for program improvement, including (1) developing a visual conceptualization of the program; (2) improved connections between the courses; (3) articulation of coherence in goals and expectations for students and instructors; (4) an increased focus on action research; (5) increased ethics support and scaffolding for students; and (6) the fostering of communities of practice. Study findings highlight strengths of the current program and course designs, action items, and research needed for continual program improvement.

Jacobsen, M., Eaton, S., Brown, B., Simmons, M., and McDermott, M. (2018). Action research for graduate program improvements: A response to curriculum mapping and review. The Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 48(1), 82-98. Online:

We have launched the Action Research SIG Newsletter and are currently accepting newsletter items. As a way to stay connected, to keep learning about what happens in our professional lives and various communities of practice engaged in action research (AR), and to create new knowledge flows and participation as members of our community, we welcome you sharing AR past, current, or present research projects, announcements, resources, publications, opportunities to network and to collaborate, and/or other.

Please visit this link,, to submit your action research-related items!

Manuscript & Conference Opportunity


The editors of the Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education are excited to announce a call for chapters for a new handbook, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Intersecting New Needs and New Approaches, edited by Sandra Stacki, Micki Caskey, and Steve Mertens.
Proposals for chapters are due by June 15, 2018. Authors will be notified of acceptance by July 15 and final manuscripts are due October 15.
If you have any questions about this volume, please contact the lead editor, Dr. Sandi Stacki (
We look forward to receiving your chapter proposals.
Micki Caskey
Micki M. Caskey, Ph.D.
Professor, Graduate School of Education
Portland State University
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 290
Portland, OR 97201


The Northeastern Educational Research Association has shared a call for proposals for their 49th Annual Conference (10/17 - 10/19/2018). 

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 with approximately 400 attendees. NERA membership is split fairly evenly among faculty/teachers/professionals and graduate students. Below is a link to the call for proposals. 


Tabitha and Jade

2018 Northeastern Educational Research Conference (NERA) Conference Co-Chairs

Jade Caines Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire
Education Department, 62 College Road, Morrill Hall, Rm 11B
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 603-862-5265, Email:

May 2018

Thank you to our past Chair - Craig Mertler, Program Chair - Elena Polush, and honorary team member - Linnea Rademaker!

Welcome to the new 2018-2020 AR SIG Officers:

Chair - Andrea Burrows -
Program Chair - Julia Ballenger -
Secretary/Treasurer - Jaci Griffen -

April 2018
Congratulations to Una Shannon
AR SIG Dissertation Award Winner

March 2018

Please visit the "2018 ANNUAL MEETING" page to see information on our sessions at AERA 2018, along with information about the Business Meeting in New York City!



The AERA General Election is approaching soon. All members of the Action Research SIG have the opportunity to run for elected office and to hold an important Action Research SIG leadership position. New terms for officers begin at the close of the Action Research SIG Business Meeting during the AERA Annual Meeting in New York City in April, 2018.


The following positions will be on the 2018 Action Research SIG election ballot (all positions hold two-year terms of office):

  • SIG Chair (responsibilities include: oversight of SIG activities; verification and maintenance of financial records; general communications with membership via the SIG listserv; leading business meeting at the AERA Annual Meeting)
  • Program Chair (responsibilities include: coordination of proposal reviews for AERA Annual Meeting; development of presentation sessions for Annual Meeting)
  • Secretary (responsibilities include: maintenance of records of officer meetings; specific communications with membership via the SIG Newsletter)

 The process for nominations is as follows:

  • All self-nominees must hold active membership in the Action Research SIG.
  • Submit a self-nomination document by the deadline at midnight on November 15, 2017
  • Within the document, include your name, title, and contact information at top of page in left-hand corner. This should be followed by a maximum 250-word statement (anything over the limit will be deleted before review) of the position that you are running for and why. Also, be sure to include any leadership experience that you have, particularly within AERA and/or the Action Research SIG, along with any additional information that might qualify you for the position.
  • All nominations should be emailed to: Craig Mertler, Action Research SIG Chair, at 

Please consider running for these important positions within our SIG. Participating in this capacity is a wonderful way to volunteer your service and to give back to your professional community. 




On behalf of the Officers of the Action Research SIG of AERA, we are happy to announce the competition for the 2018 Action Research SIG Dissertation Award. We welcome and encourage self-nominations for the award, based on the criteria and timelines presented below.

 Description of the Award:  This award will be presented to a recent graduate student who submits a summary report of his/her action-research-based dissertation that meets the criteria below and best exemplifies the principles of action research and/or that advances best research practices.

 Eligibility Criteria:

  • Dissertation must have been successfully defended in the time frame from December 2012 to December 2017
  • Need NOT be a member of AERA
  • Need NOT be a member of the Action Research SIG
  • Must submit a maximum ten-page summary report/description of the dissertation, highlighting the action research focus of the research

 Nomination Process and Timeline:

  1. Nominees must self-nominate (by sending an “intent to submit” email to Craig Mertler, Chair of the Action Research SIG, at
  2. Timeframe for self-nominations: October 7, 2017 – November 15, 2017
  3. Deadline for submissions of 10-page summary reports/description of the dissertation (as Word documents ONLY) via email attachment to  December 1, 2017

 Review/Selection Process and Timeline:

  1. Review Panel will begin review:  December 7, 2017
  2. Review Panels’ decision due to SIG Chair:  January 15, 2018
  3. Winner will be notified:  February 1, 2018
  4. SIG Chair submits name of winner to AERA Central office:  February 15, 2018

 Evaluation criteria:

  • The dissertation has a distinct action research focus and method.
  • The dissertation has action research design and methodological rigor.
  • The results, interpretation, discussion, and/or implications are clear and in line with action research tradition.
  • The dissertation includes implications and recommendations for continuing the action research cycle.
  • There is a substantive contribution to local context and/or the field of action research.
  • The overall quality of the dissertation writing and presentation is high.

 Forms of Recognition:

    1. Certificate of recognition
    2. $300.00 stipend to cover AERA membership for one year, Annual Meeting fee, and to support travel to the annual meeting in New York City
    3. Formal presentation at the business meeting of the Action Research SIG at the AERA annual meeting
    4. Profile, synopsis, and picture on the Action Research SIG website
APRIL 2017

Please visit the "2017 Annual Meeting" page to see our 2017 Best Paper Award winners, and to download their action research paper!

Thanks to our Sponsors! These organizations helped sponsor our business meeting at AERA, San Antonio.  Click on each link for more information.

·         University of Wyoming

·         SAGE Publications

·         Successful Practices Network

·         Erebus Labs

March 2017

The program for the Annual Meeting in San Antonio has been released.  You can see all of the sessions sponsored by the ACTION RESEARCH SIG by clicking on this link:

For additional information about the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, please visit the "2017 Annual Meeting" page.


We have launched the Action Research SIG Newsletter and are currently accepting newsletter items. As a way to stay connected, to keep learning about what happens in our professional lives and various communities of practice engaged in action research (AR), and to create new knowledge flows and participation as members of our community, we welcome you sharing AR past, current, or present research projects, announcements, resources, publications, opportunities to network and to collaborate, and/or other.

Please visit this link,, to submit your action research-related items!


A specific page for the 2017 Annual Meeting has been added to our site (see both the horizontal navigation bar and the sidebar or follow this link: 2017 Annual Meeting).

Check back for information related to the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas!

MAY 2016

Dear Action Research SIG Members: 

Election results are in and I would like you to join me in congratulating our SIG's newly elected officers. The following members have been elected to two-year terms:

*Craig Mertler - SIG Chair
*Elena Polush - Program Chair
*Andrea Burrows - Secretary

I additionally want to thank those members who ran for office, even though not elected. Our SIG is fortunate to have members who elect to serve. I acknowledge them for their valuable service and encourage them to continue to remain involved in SIG activities. Their names follow:

*Valerie Schmitz
*Laura Scheiber
*Ani C. Moughamian - Rosenberg
*Kathleen Lepori
*Charles Bickenheuser

I send a big hug and a special thanks to all Action Research SIG members who voted in our SIG elections this spring. I also want to thank you guys for providing me with the opportunity to serve as SIG chair over the past two years. I truly enjoyed serving this group. I will continue to be active in our SIG and in AERA and look forward to seeing you guys at the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting next year.
Dr. Donna Johnson
2014 - 2016 Action Research SIG Chair


Congratulations to our newest slate of elected Executive Board Members. These officers work to ensure our SIG's success.
Chair:   Andrea C. Burrows, University of Wyoming, 
Program Chair: Julia Ballenger, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 
 Secretary/Treasurer: Jaci Griffen, University of the Pacific, 
Communications Leader: Silvina Jover, University of Nevada-Las Vegas,