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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!

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