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 a member (and you are not signed in), go to the bottom of the page and on the left side of the menu you will see a login option. If you are signed in your name will appear at the top right, and there will be some icons, a pen for editing the page, and a plus for new pages and then more options. Please feel comfortable contributing-- this is OUR space.
We hope you will 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 web master 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. I will start with a page about what we are doing as a sample. 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 the sessions for AERA 2013 posted and soon we will have space for presenters to share their papers and presentation materials.
If you were a presenter at AERA 2012, you can visit AERA 2012 on this wiki-website and add your materials. If you want to join the AERA Action Research SIG, we would be happy to help you.
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.
There is also now a Tech HELP! section to help you get started with two videos directly linked to this site.
I 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 2012-13 Officers of the AERA AR SIG,
Danelle Stevens, SIG Chair
Lonnie Rowell, Program Chair
Barbara Kawulich, Sec/Tres
Margaret Riel, WebMaster
Derrel Fincher, Communication Officer
October 30, 2013
Several have rightly asked, "Well, what does a chair and program chair do?"
Since I have held both positions (Chair, 2 years;Program chair-3 years), I will venture a description for those interested. All of our elected positions in our SIG are one year. AERA does not allow us to elect people for a longer period than two years and no one person can hold a position for longer than three years. Our compromise for having some experienced folks in the SIG take leadership roles was to limit the role to one year and have elections every year. In the past, people have been re-elected for at least two years.
This is my second year as Chair and I am wishing to step down. I see action research as a big umbrella with many versions of action research under it.
Chair of a SIG: Provides leadership and idea-generating for the SIG. Oversees that all duties of Program Chair and Secretary/treasurer get done. Member of our executive board that includes our webmaster, Margaret Riel. The executive board meets during AERA before the business meeting. Plans the business meeting with the executive board. Keeps in contact with the membership, especially during the submission process.
Program Chair (a big job, especially in August): AERA has gotten much better about supporting and clarifying all the steps the program chair has to take to get the submissions reviewed and selected. After we find out how many submissions we have, the program chair finds the reviewers. Recently this is easier because we have been developing a cadre of reviewers who know about action research and can make good judgments about research studies involved in AR. The program chair will pass this list onto the next program chair. Gets all submissions reviewed by 3 people. This requires a skill in being organized and urging people to get their reviews in. After that AERA tells the program chair how many sessions we are allocated based on the overall AERA submissions and the number of submissions to the SIG. Our submissions were much lower this year (from 70 to 49, approximately). However AERA gave us 5 sessions so it may have been that all the AERA submissions were low. Attends a meeting at AERA to learn how to do the process. Reports to the SIG about number of submissions and program he/she has designed--- from structured poster sessions to paper sessions to roundtables to symposia.
I hope this helps!
October 30, 2013
We now have three people excited about running for secretary/treasurer for the SIG, Action research.
Ellen Reames, Debby Zambo, Megan Call-Cummings
We have no one running for Program Chair or Chair. Do put your hat in the ring! Lonnie, last year's program chair, has declined to run to put his energy into the Action Research Network of the Americas conference.
You can self-nominate or nominate others. As Chris Clark says, we need new, younger ones to lead us in new and exciting directions... Step on up! Us older ones will be sure to mentor you!
October 26, 2013
Hello, Action researchers,
Election time again is upon us! We invite you to nominate yourself or someone else with background in action research for the following SIG positions. We need your nominations by November 8.
All positions are one year, as per our by-laws. Of course, in the past usually people have stayed for 2 years. AERA will not run the election without two nominees for each position. Therefore, if you are at all interested, do jump in and let us know about you through this process. We will need a 150 word bio that accompanies your self or other nomination.
Chair, Action Research SIG
After serving in the SIG for four years, Lonnie Rowell, program chair for the last two years has decided to put his efforts into a new action research organization, Action Research Network for the Americas (ARNA) https://sites.google.com/site/arnaconnet
This organization will meet after the AERA Convention in the Philadelphia area and is an opportunity to immerse yourself in action research projects and idea!
He has sent a letter to our website to tell us about his decision. His letter can be found at
Looking forward to those nominations. They can be sent to me at this email. The Nominations Committee will send them onto AERA.
DannelleOctober 23, 2013
Current Program Chair, AR SIG
Action Research SIG Program Chair Report – Submitted by Lonnie L. Rowell, October 23, 2013
The work of creating the Action Research SIG program for the 2014 AERA Conference has been completed. Many thanks to the 2013 team of 17 reviewers who considered the 51 proposals submitted for symposia, structured poster sessions, roundtables, posters, and individual papers.
Once again we had many fine proposals, and the choices between “accept” and “reject” were, in several instances, tough to make. Based on a rigorous review process, the Action Research SIG program will include three symposiums, two structured poster sessions, and five roundtable sessions. The Annual Business Meeting is included in the program as well. The 10 sessions that have been chosen for the 2014 Conference cover a broad range of perspectives within the family of action research, and hopefully each session will draw a strong audience of conference attendees.
On a personal note, my term as program chair for the AERA Action Research SIG ends at the 2014 AERA Conference. After much thought, I have decided to step down from the AR SIG leadership group to concentrate my efforts on building the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA). I want to thank all who encouraged and supported my involvement with the Action Research SIG for the past 4 years. It has been a pleasure to serve you all. According to AERA procedures, leadership openings for the AR SIG will be announced and an election will be held sometime prior to the AERA Conference. Some of you may wish to serve in a leadership capacity, and I encourage you to contact Dannelle Stephens, the Action Research SIG Chair, as soon as possible. I hope you also will consider being a part of ARNA and helping to build a strong action research network for the Americas. If you wish to be a part of ARNA, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. ARNA and the Action Research SIG worked together during ARNA’s inaugural year, and I want to thank the other leaders in the SIG for their support in co-sponsoring the inaugural ARNA conference in San Francisco last May. My hope is that the SIG and ARNA will continue to collaborate in the years to come. There is much work to be done by both groups.
In that regard, it is worth noting a recent example of the need for action research advocacy both within and outside of the infrastructure of AERA. The AERA website recently posted an article about the Fall Policy Meeting of AERA’s Organization of Institutional Affiliates (OIA). The meeting brought together 55 member representatives from research institutions and graduate schools of education around the US. Notes from the meeting indicate that much discussion was focused on federal education research policy. Sadly, the notes indicate no discussion of the role of practitioner research or action research. In addition, a formal letter from AERA Executive Director Felice Levine to Acting Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton regarding input on the public draft of the Dept. of Education’s Strategic Plan for FY 2014-2018 made no mention of supporting practitioner research. The draft Strategic Plan (also available through links on the AERA web site) is devoid of any mention of the potential of practitioner research to contribute to the effort to continuously improve the nation’s public schools. My hope is that future Action Research SIG leadership will take up the issue of inclusivity in relationship to AERA’s public policy stances on the importance of educational research and push for educational action research as a valued element on the palette of research methods and epistemological frameworks relevant to the examination of questions regarding practice and policies in education.
Best Wishes for a successful 2014 AERA Conference!
Respectfully Submitted -