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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 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 create 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!



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 will submit 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:   Craig A. Mertler, Arizona State University, or
Program Chair: Elena Polush, Ball State University, 
 Secretary/Treasurer: Andrea C. Burrows, University of Wyoming,
Webmaster Committee Chair: Margaret Riel, Center for Collaborative Action Research, Pepperdine University