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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

Congratulations to our newly elected officers

Donna Johnson, Tulane University, Action Research SIG Chair

Debby Zambo, Arizona State U.,  Secretary/Treasurer 

Linnea Rademaker, Northcentral University,  Program Chair,

Webmaster Committee Chair: Margaret Riel, Center for Collaborative Action Research, Pepperdine University

Communication Officer: Elana Plush, Ball State University, 

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.  
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. 
 AERA 2013 

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!

Updates from the AR SIG Officers:

Posts by SIG Officers

June 19, 2014

AERA 2015 AR-SIG Call for Proposals

You have one month to submit your proposals!!!!!

Conference Theme: Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis

Submission Deadline: July 22, 2014, 11:59PM Pacific Time

Call Details:

This year AERA call encourages submissions that consider how education praxis, research, theory and policy can change the world – toward justice. Given this theme, the Action Research Sis welcomes submissions that highlight how action research encourages the examine of injustices and conceptualizes and fights for justice.  Since most, if not all, action research is about empowering others to assert ownership of the process of change, this work is an important part of the conference.   Action research is one of the best ways of blending research and praxis for the social good. 

Specifically, the ACTION RESEARCH SIG invites papers that present action research reports, action research theoretical papers, and examples of action research from practitioners' perspectives.  Presentations will be delegated to paper presentations, and roundtables, with a few papers grouped for poster presentations.   Please be specific in your willingness to present in particular (or multiple) formats. 

The Action  Research SIG strongly encourages submissions that emphasize the democratic and recursive nature of action research.  In keeping with the AERA conference theme, presentations that emphasize how justice is promoted via action research, and those presentations that promote the history and legacy of action research are also welcome.


We invite scholars from all divisions and SIGs to submit proposals. The AERA online submission system is now open, and details about the formal call for proposals and the July 22, 2014 deadline can be found at

As a reminder, paper and session submissions must not identify the author(s) in any way. Proposals for papers, posters, roundtables, and symposia/sessions are invited, and innovative session designs are encouraged. In order to accommodate flexibility in program decisions, please select all of the formats in which you would be willing to present your work; every year there are far more spots available for poster presentations and roundtable papers than individual papers and symposia. Please also note that ‘working group roundtables’ and ‘structured poster sessions’ count as symposia (even though they are named to suggest otherwise), and thus compete against numerous other proposed sessions for a small number of slots.

Please share this call for proposals with all who may be interested. The number of sessions allocated to each SIG is determined by the number of proposals and the size of our active membership. Please consider our SIG as a place to share your work, and renew your SIG membership when you submit your proposals. Encourage students and colleagues to join our SIG too.

All information about the annual meeting can be found at You can also go there to volunteer to serve as a session chair or discussant for Action Research SIG sessions at the 2015 meeting. These are especially important roles for senior scholars, in order to provide leadership and mentoring.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Donna & Linnea
AERA Action  SIG  Chair and Program Chair


April 24, 2014

By Debby Zambo

Our Community/Business Meeting Minutes from AERA 2014 are posted and ready for comments. 

April 24, 2014

By Debbi Zambo

Javarro Russell asked me to share this information with our SIG: 

 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:
Thanks for helping me get the word out. Please contact me if you have an questions.

April 21, 2014 - Reviewers for AERA SIG 2015

NOTE:Please remember to register as a reviewer on the AERA website by May 9. The system closes to self-volunteering at that time. 


Report on Potential AR Awards--AR SIG Business Meeting, April 6, 2014

By Linnea Rademaker, Program Chair, 2014-2015

Four of us discussed the need for recognition of Action Research that is occurring in our communities.  We discussed a potential outstanding dissertation award (for a graduate student), a community action researcher/practitioner award, and a best paper award (to be given to an accepted paper author for the 2015 conference).  Since the AR SIG does not currently have any AERA approved awards, we have to submit our proposals to the SIG executive committee by May 1 to be heard at the June board meeting of AERA.  Once approved, we can then discuss as members: 1) the details of each award; and, 2) whether we want to give all three in one year or rotate.  Please contact me with your comments, questions, or ideas.  Linnea Rademaker (

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
Chair Rowell reported that he would not be participating in the initiative for the foreseeable future, and that he was hoping that another SIG member might step up to take the lead in planning an activity or activities for the next AERA Conference. Although no one at the meeting did take on the role of initiator, some ideas were shared regarding keeping the initiative going. Main points included: (more on updates for AR SIG Officers)

March 20, 2014 
Hello action researchers,

We had a powerful slate of candidates!  I am so pleased that so many of you stepped up and took the risk to run for office.  We hope you all stay involved with the SIG and continue to make it a viable and active SIG that serves its members.

I am pleased to announce that we have elected three new SIG officers for next year.

Donna Johnson, Tulane University, for Action Research SIG Chair

Debby Zambo, Arizona State U., for Secretary/Treasurer

Linnea Rademaker, Northcentral University, for Program Chair,

I have linked their bios from the election so you all can reacquaint yourselves with your new officers.

Best wishes,
Dannelle D. Stevens, Ph.D., Professor

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. 
Margaret Riel 
AERA WebMaster
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!

Best regards,
Dannelle, Chair