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 <eypolush@bsu.edu>
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 2016 AERA AR SIG sessions that will help you find sessions that will be of interest to our community.  
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!


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, Craig.Mertler@asu.edu or craig.mertler@gmail.com
Program Chair: Elena Polush, Ball State University, eypolush@bsu.edu 
 Secretary/Treasurer: Andrea C. Burrows, University of Wyoming, Andrea.C.Burrows@gmail.com
Webmaster Committee Chair: Margaret Riel, Center for Collaborative Action Research, Pepperdine University mriel@pepperdine.edu

APRIL 2016

Greetings SIG Members:

It's AERA 20016 Annual Meeting time, and our tribe is headed to Washington, D.C. to share what we know as researchers and practitioners with policy makers in our nation's capitol, as well as with each other. This year's AERA Annual meeting is its Centennial Meeting, and is scheduled to take place between April 8 - 12, 2016. The centennial year meeting theme is: Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies. 

This year's Annual Meeting is designed to celebrate and reinvigorate the progressive aspirations that gave rise to the AERA professional community back in 1916: A hope and determination that research can strengthen public education, society’s most democratic institution. To mark this remarkable moment, the 2016 Meeting will illuminate and enhance the role of education researchers as public scholars who contribute to public understanding, political debate, and professional practice in increasingly diverse democracies in the US and around the globe.

SIG members should make sure to attend the Action Research SIG Business Meeting scheduled for Saturday, April 9th, 6:15pm - 7:45pm, at the Marriott Marquis, Level Four, Liberty Salon N. This meeting provides members with an opportunity to learn about our SIG, to network with other SIG members, and to share information about emerging research and best practices in the field, while socializing with good company, and eating some really good food.

The Action Research SIG has some interesting and enlightening paper sessions planned for this year. The schedule for our sessions is posted here. (We also include the schedule in a doc file that you can personalize and print.)              

Dr. Donna Johnson

SIG Chair

MARCH 2016

We are eagerly anticipating the meetings and seeing everyone.  The community Business meeting is on Saturday night and we hope you will all join us for a thought provoking evening with refreshments. Please join us!!!  

Action Research SIG Community and Business Meeting

Sat, April 9, 6:15 to 7:45pm, Marriott Marquis, Level Four, Liberty Salon N

We also provide the schedule of SIG sponsored sessions here.  We hope you will use this to help find sessions that will be of interest to you.  These are the sessions sponsored by the Action Research SIG. However, if you search on action research you will find 445 sessions--almost triple the number of sessions listed last year,  so we can say that there is a growing interest in action research.  (We also include the schedule in a doc file that you can personalize and print.)              


          For Action Research SIG Chair

I recently received a message from the AREA Governance Team. They are preparing for AERA 2016 elections, of which our SIG elections for executive offices are a part of. The elections have been delayed centrally, but will proceed in a few weeks.

Presently, the Action Research SIG only has one candidate running for SIG Chair, as a member has opted not to run. I am writing to urge other members to consider running for election as SIG Chair. 

The new elected term begins at the April 2016 AERA Action Research Annual Business Meeting. It takes place at the AERA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Newly elected officers should plan to be present to accept the position. A term in office lasts for two years.

Interested persons should send the following by Friday, February 5, 2016, at 5pm. 

Submit a self-nomination document: 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 djphoenix46@yahoo.com. 


     Attend the ARNA 2016 Conference
                       6/16 - 6/18, 2016

Action Research SIG (AERA) members are encouraged to join the Action Research Network of the Americas 2016 conference (June 16-18, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee). They are also encouraged to register at https://arna-conference.squarespace.com/register/

A number of AERA members in the Action Research SIG are also members of ARNA. This is a broad network of action researchers who come together in a more exclusive forum to network, exchange new research and practices, and to strengthen and expand the field. Graduate students and new researchers are strongly encouraged to join ARNA now at the beginning of their professional and academic careers so that they can grow with professional support in hand. ARNA's mission statement and website address are below.

Mission Statement

The Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) unites college and university students and faculty conducting practitioner inquiry into teaching and learning with fellow action researchers in public schools, private schools, community settings and workplaces throughout the Americas. ARNA members are committed to taking action locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally to promote action research that is conducted with a commitment to honesty, integrity, inclusiveness, multi-vocality, engagement, and achievement within sustainable democratic societies.

Go to their website to learn more about ARNA (http://www.arnaconnect.org/).