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.
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 -
Hi AERA AR SIG members,
Our website is open for posting conferences, promoting journals, or announcing new resources. We want to hear from you!
I just announced Pepperdine's 5th Annual Action Research with Technology Conference on the website. I know that most of you will not be close enough to come to Pepperdine on , but we welcome all of you to join us through the webcasting link. You can find more information about it and the schedule here: http://mindmaps.wikispaces.com/Cadre15+AR+Conference
If you have any questions about how to post things on the website (or the conference), I am happy to help you.
Margaret Riel (AR SIG webmaster)
July 18, 2013
Greetings. We are down to final countdown for AERA 2014 presentation proposals. There is still time to make the July 22 deadline but only if you get on it NOW. We welcome a full range of proposals from the diverse corners of the action research global community. What we do ask is that proposals be fully grounded in action research. While research on action research is certainly appropriate, this year we hope to balance the number of presentations about action research with presentations based on actual action research conducted in the field.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. While the circumstances discussed in the June 3 entry by the AR SIG Chair did slow us down this year, we now are up and running and looking forward to a strong pool of submissions for AERA 2014.
I also want to thank all who have volunteered for chairs, discussants, and proposal reviewers. We now have an excellent team taking shape for this year's program.
Lonnie Rowell, Ph.D., Program Chair, AR SIG
June 3, 2013
Hi, action researchers,
Elections for Chair, Program Chair and Secretary/Treasurer. NOW! SPECIAL ELECTION!!
Nominations for officers due to Dannelle by. Self-nominations are just fine.
We need two people for each office.
We need a short bio from each candidate to inform the electorate.
Due to my oversight, we did not hold elections for chair, program chair or secretary/treasurer last fall. The chair is the one who is supposed to initiate this.
We did set up a Nominations Committee at AERA this April to assist the chair in getting in nominations for next year. However, we still need to have a special election in June to seat candidates for program chair, chair and secretary/treasurer beginning in the summer this year.
We will have an election this summer and again in November for 2014-2015. By our by-laws, currently our officers serve for only one year. We need to have an election every year. The Nominations Committee did suggest some changes. We are seeking a way to have old officers inform new ones and new ones have some time to get up to speed.
We are now accepting self-nominations and nominations for each position. AERA requires us to have two people for EACH position in the election. That is why we need a nominations committee.
Currently we have one person for each position but we need at least one more for each position. Do self-nominate.
Email to me and I will pass it onto AERA onfor the special election...
Dannelle Stevens, current AR chair
April 23, 2013
Hi, action researchers,
Just a few quick announcements before the conference starts!
I have attached a new version of the downloadable AR sessions information. It is much more user friendly.. and ends up on two back-to-back pieces of paper when printed. My tech students tell me AERA has a wonderful APP too that works well to schedule what you want to do when at AERA. Check that out!
Thanks to the work of Lonnie Rowell and Margaret Riel and many others, we have some new events at the AERA conference but also in San Francisco itself.
The first conference of the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) just after AERA, May 1 & 2 in San Francisco... go to this link...
The second item is our website for action research SIG which Margaret dutifully takes care of... She has found several other sessions besides the AR sessions that might of interest and has described them on this site.
See you all soon!
Hi, folks, members of the Action Research SIG of AERA,
The Executive Committee of the AR SIG welcomes you the the Annual AERA
meeting in San Francisco, April 26 to May 1. We are particularly excited
this year to have some new venues and opportunities to work together as a
community as well as share our ideas.
We will be sending out as an attachment materials that will put all of our
sessions in one place. People found those handy last year and we will do it
On *Sunday the 28th*, keep your calendars open for an AR SIG business
meeting, at 4:05 (Hyatt Grand Ballroom West) and a community meeting at
6:30 (Hyatt, Grand Ballroom East)! Both will have refreshments but the
second one will have a cash bar. We expect about 50-60 to the Business
Meeting and maybe 200 to the Community Meeting. We have Lonnie Rowell, our
excellent Program Chair this year, to thank for creating these
*4:05 Business Meeting (Hyatt Grand Ballroom West),* more of the nuts and
bolts of the SIG operations. Expenses, Committees, etc.. We will form and
have meetings for subcommittees that we have been trying to launch for
several years (Dissertation Awards, Travel Grants, etc.). If you want to
help us with the year-to-year operations, this meeting is for you. Also,
we will talk about the By-laws and elections for next year. Refreshments.
Bring a friend to join the SIG!
*6:30-9:00 Community Meeting (Hyatt Grand Ballroom East)*, we expect a
larger number of people to come to this because we will have our SF
community partners and representatives from the new ARNA (Action Research
Network of the Americas). In addition, there will be posters from
community groups about all the projects going on in the Bay Area.
Refreshments. Cash bar.
More information on SIG activities, well-organized on our website
Thank you, Margaret Riel
Plus the site for the newly created Action Research Network of the Americas
Conference in SF on May 1 & 2 at;
Thank you, Lonnie, Margaret and others for this.
See you at AERA!
Dannelle D. Stevens, Chair
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March 14, 2013
HI Action Researchers,
This is a note from your webmaster... We have posted information on the site for your Action Research Experience at AERA.
It includes the exciting activities that the Action Research SIG is sponsoring and a schedule that you can print and take with you with all of the sessions.
We hope that all of you will join us for the Action Research Community Reception and Recognition (6:30-9:00) that follows our Business Meeting (6:15-8:45) on Sunday April 28.
Come eat and drink with people you will want to know. We would love to see all of you at BOTH sessios.
Action Research is a way of life and we want to take this time to celebrate the learning that is the valued outcome of this activity.
Looking forward to connecting with friends and making new ones!
January 31, 2013
Dear Action Research SIG members,
A new year is upon us! We are all looking forward to AERA in San
Francisco from April 27 to May 1. Lonnie Rowell, our Program Chair,
has created a wonderful new program for the SIG at AERA. It includes
off-site visits and some special sessions with action researchers in
the San Francisco Bay Area. We will be adding more details in the
next two weeks!
Announcing the ACTION RESEARCH NETWORK FOR THE AMERICAS (ARNA). As you
think about buying your tickets and making reservations, you may want
to stay on extra day to participate in the first ARNA conference.
Many people who are active in the SIG contributed to the design of
this new action research network. This network will have its first
conference following AERA on May 1 & 2 at the historic Fort Mason in
San Francisco. There is a call for papers and more information about
the group on the link below.
What a wonderful idea to connect and sustain our action research work
across the Americas! We hope to see you at both conferences! AERA
(April 27 to May 1) and the ARNA (May 1 & 2)!
Dannelle D. Stevens, Chair
Action Research SIG
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October 10, 2012
Hi Action Researchers,
Welcome to the 2012-2013 School Year!
It is likely that you are back at school now or returning soon and many of you will either be engaged in ongoing action research or will be supporting a new group of action researchers. We hope that you will join with us as a larger community as you engage in this process.
We want to welcome you to the AERA SIG Action Research Website. https://sites.google.com/site/aeraarsig/
When you visit the site, you might notice that you have to be a member to interact on the site. This is simply, just send the email that you want to use to interact with the site to Margaret Riel -- email@example.com -- and she will add your email to the list of members. Then when you sign in, you will be able to edit all pages and start a conversation at the bottom of any page. (There is tech help if you are not seeing the editing options)
You might begin by :
1) going to members and adding your information.
2) You might want to look at the Action Research World Map. If you don't see your favorite action research
web resource listed, contact Derrel Fincher (firstname.lastname@example.org), our communication chiar,
It would be great to have the globe covered with markers.
3) Also you are welcome to use this site as a place to keep your information about your action research activities.
You are welcome to create your entry in the Action Research World.
4) We have a listing of conferences, journals and books... feel free to add.
5) We have started a place to share your course syllabi so that we might learn from how we teach. Please feel free to add yours.
6) If you presented at the AERA Conference as a member of the AR SIG last year, there is a place to post your papers.
7) If you happen to know more about the history of our SIG please update the history page.
Soon we will be beginning the process of planning for 2013 AERA Conference. If you submitted a paper, you will be finding out if it was accepted soon.
All the best,
Margaret Riel, SIG Webmaster
May 3, 2012
Dear Action Researchers,The community/business meeting was well attended (about 50 people) and we began with reports for all of the officers. Our attendance is growing and with it, our funds to promote action research around the world. Our website is developing (I am pleased to announce that I have been appointed by the board to serve as your webmaster). Derrel Fincher continues as the Communication Officer and in that role he will help you stay connected to the discussion forum and he is keeper of the AR(our) World Map. If you are doing action research and sharing resources on your website, please write to him (Derrel@fincher.com) to have your website connected. Also we are encouraging you to put AR (our) World map on your site and link back to theSIG. (You can see an example of this at the Center for Collaborative Action Research. Derrel has volunteered to help you put the embedded code for the map on your page. This way every time a new location is pinned, it will appeared on all of the linked AR World websites.
This is a transitional message from your now -past chair- of the Action Research SIG at AERA. I want to report to those who did not attend the conference in Vancouver that we had a very good time and there is a strong sense of community growing -- both in numbers and spirit. The sessions were all excellent, and credit and thanks go both to all of the presenters for the time and care that they devoted to finding the best ways to share their ideas and to our Program Chair, Dannelle Stevens and her many, hardworking reviewers for selecting them. These are the jobs that improve the quality of what we share with others about action research.
After reports from the officers, we had a community activity lead by Lonnie Rowell with help from Elena Polush and myself. The purpose of the activity was to help our SIG discover how we overlap or differ in the ways we define action research. We are working towards a page on our website that will be developed by all of us. We have engaged past leaders of the AR SIG and authors of books on action research to participate in a DELPHI process organized by Elana to help find the overlap and the places of disagreement in the ways we think about action research. We opened the process to the SIG community (and we hope to soon provide a way for you to participate online). We used a modification of the learning circle model to have everyone lead small group discussions around a statement that they selected from the list generated by the Delphi process. The discussions were rich and meaningful.
While I had intended to bring my camera and take pictures, I am afraid I did not pack my "photographer's identity" with me. I did take a few pictures (iphone) and I have added them to a public album. Feel free to add more pictures-- I know that lots of you did have cameras. Please feel free to tag and add (or delete) pictures that are there and add your comments. I will be adding a section with links from our AERA website soon but you can find the album here:
We are following a SIG tradition by electing our program chair to be SIG Chair. Dannelle Stevens has been a terrific program chair going well beyond what is expected. Those of you who were presenters know that she not only worked hard at selecting the sessions but tried to attend everyone of them taking careful notes. She also noted that in our presentations, their is a tendency to cite books about action research more than research studies and she brings this observation to us as a community to reflect on. I know that she will be a great chair. We also thank our outgoing officers for their work, Carrie Rogers has done a great job of running our elections each year, and Deniz Palak has served as our secretary treasurer helping us manage so well. As Dannelle takes over as the Chair, her work will be be made easier by the group of leaders who care deeply about the action research community.
Our newly elected officers are:
And finally we are thinking of putting on a preconference workshop on action research. We have formed a small committee of people who want to work on this: Wendy Troxel, Josesph Shosh, Rick Vanosdall, Omar Esau, and Joyce Pittman. Micki Caskey volunteered to work on a committee to give an award for action research submitted by a graduate student. And we are planning to have a Community Connection event off site in San Francisco and Norm Vaughan and Shannon Pella have volunteered to work on this event. If any of you want to help, please feel free to add your name. I will be opening a space for volunteering and working on these committees on our website.
Committee Work (Still taking Volunteers)
So I end with my heartfull welcome of Dannelle to the role of SIG CHAIR, (sounds of enthusiastic applause for our new leader!)
Past Chair of the AERA AR SIG
April 15, 2012
A number of you, who were not able to attend the AERA Conference, have asked if you could attend the session from your locations virtually. We are working to make this happen. We are planning to open an elluminate space (now called BlackBoard Collaborate). Here is the link...
(If it is called "Virtual Office - Margaret Riel GSEP), ignore the name...I am working to get it changed to action research but it might not happen.)
If this is your first time using elluminate on your computer, you may want to log in before the meeting time as you might need to download the application. We will try to have someone to greet you about 30 minutes before the meeting time.
The meeting is Monday night, 6:15pm (pt)
If you come, you will be able to participate in a process of creating a shared definition of action research for the SIG. We would love to have you join us. We would also share the refreshments with you... but virtual food is not all the tasty. But we will do our best to make you feel a part of the process.
(We will also post this on the sig web page... )
Chair, AR SIG
March 29, 2012
Hi Action Researchers,
I know that a number of you are planning to join us in
Vancouver, Canada in a few weeks for the Annual Meetings of AERA.
Please visit our site and for a list of AR sessions and plans...
I hope you have added our community meeting to your calendars:
We want all of you who can come to the meetings to join us.
We will have good food, refreshing, and comforting drink and
the time to engage as a community to help define
and refine our assumptions about action research.
We need you, all of you, your thoughtful ideas, as well as
your willingness to contribute both at the meeting and in the future.
Action research is collaborative and participatory!
So please don't miss the community meeting.... we are
looking forward to renewing connections and making new
Chair AR SIG
March 9, 2012
Hi Action Researchers,
The meetings are fast approaching. Congratulations to our new officers! They will take over the new leadership at the close of the Community Meeting.
Danelle Stevins -- New SIG Chair
Lonnie Rowell -- New Program Chair
Barbara Kawulich -- New Secretary/ Treasurer
To our members: If you want to be join the leadership team, we have a number of appointed roles and will be looking for volunteers at the meetings. So come to our community meetings and get involved. We need you!
To our presenters, I hope that your writing is going well-- thanks for taking the time and effort to share your work and ideas with us.
AERA Action Research SIG Sessions - April 2012
Here is your listing of the sessions. Print this page and take it with you. The session on "To Know is not Enough" on Saturday addresses the conference theme and makes the intellectual case for action research as the core research methodology for an applied field like education. And Defining Research through different lenses also focuses on the role of action research. Share this message with your colleagues in other SIGS or Divisions that might be interested in knowing more about action research.
If you search on the SIG you can get this listing on the AERA program site and the names will link to more information about each of the sessions. And if you link to our website you can see a printable version of this table is it does come through the listserv in good condition.
Our community meeting takes place on Monday night (6:15-7:45) and we hope to see you all there. We will be ordering lots of food and drink so that you can socialize with your action research buddies.
October 26, 2011
Subject: AERA AR SIG -- Update
Hi AR SIG,
Elections are coming soon -- and please do go to our AERA
learn more about who will be leading our SIG in the future.
The date for AERA Conference are April 13-17th. Now is a good
time to mark your Calendar. The decisions on paper submission
will be starting on Nov.1 You can track these on the AERA
AERA Conference is in the Vancouver Convention &
Exhibition Centre <http://www.vancouverconventioncenter.net/>, British
The hotel list is going to open mid-December. It is important
to watch as room are reserved quickly and hotels rooms can be
harder to get once everyone makes their reservations.
I plan to check hotels now as room reservations can be cancelled
if there are better conference rates.
SHORTS from our Website <https://sites.google.com/site/aeraarsig>
USD has an open call for
for their 9th Annual Action Research Conference to be held April 27th and 28th in San Diego.The ending date for submission of papers is Nov. 14th. This
conference is a good venue for both student and faculty
Ethical Issues and IRB
In the last message I including information about ethical issues and
IRB -- I give a link to a poll
here is the result. We had 23
respondents and these are the results. (If they are do not
show here (this listserv does not like graphics) then you
can link to the site and while you are there, you can add
Total Votes: 23
*Ethical issues for action research are handle *
*outside of the formal university IRB process.*
*There is a special process for IRB review of *
*Action researchers submit once for IRB approval *
*in the same way as for other forms of research*------------------------------
*Action Researchers need to submit designs for **each cycle of action research*
Developing the Literature Review
Finally, I don't know where you are in your efforts to support or
conduct action research but our students are writing lit reviews.
We are happy to share our hints and
how to use technology
to support the writing process and hope you will share yours.
The Center for Collaborative Action Research wiki is open
for anyone to add to their ideas and I hope you will want to
share your thoughts.
Wishing you all continuous improvement in all you do,
Chair AR SIG
Tue, Sep 13, 2011 9:02:51 PM
August 19, 2011
Hello Action Research SIG Members,
I hope you are enjoying your summer. I know some of you are reading proposals. This is your
friendly reminder that you need to complete the review process by the Aug 31th.
We are most grateful for your help.
Most of you are about to start a new school year. (I teach in year round program, so we
started in July). We are at the stage of examining ethical issues. And our university is
rethinking the issues of IRB review and action research. Currently the thesis advisors
informally assume the responsibility for assuring that the students use ethical
procedures. We might formalize this somewhat by appointing the action research
advisors to the IRB committee. I wonder how you deal with ethical issues in your institutions?
A number of people have raised this issue at the conference earlier this year and I have
received a few emails about it. So I created a page to collect our thought on this topic.
And I open a poll that if we all take we will know how we are collectively dealing with
reviewing ethical issues. The discussion and poll is found at the Center for Collaborative
The poll will take you less than a minute. If you want to add to the discussion,
it is very easy to do this. It is a wiki-web page and is easy to edit, the
"edit this page" button is at the top and to the right of the title "Ethical Issues."
Then when you finish adding to the page, the save this page will be on the top
right. Editing is just like any word processing. Options are at the top.
If you feel more comfortable in a discussion forum, then push the tab "discussion"
and respond to the question I left of start a new discussion.
Looking forward to your ideas. And if you have another topic you want to discuss,
let me know I would be happy to set up a page for discussion.
Chair, Action Research SIG
April 4, 2011
Looking forward to seeing AR SIG members in New Orleans. Please help spread the word regarding this year's inaugural Action Research Community Share Event, scheduled for Monday evening, April 11, in conjunction with our AR SIG Business Meeting. Action Researchers from New Orleans will be present to share their thoughts on developing action research communities of practice. We also still have openings for the school visit during the day on Monday, April 11. This visit will feature participation as a part St. Benilde's Annual Lesson Study day. The visit will take place between 11 am and 2 pm. The event is FREE for AERA Conference participants, but you need to sign up in advance. (Please contact me at email@example.com to reserve a spot). The Community Share event will take place from 6:15-7:45 pm in the Crescent Room at the Doubletree Hotel.
See you soon!
September 1, 2010
Hello AERA Action Researcher:
This year is the year we elect our new SIG officers. On this page we will be posting the names, bios and other information regarding those who are running for office in our SIG. The election will be held in January 2011, concurrent with other AERA elections. If you would like to nominate yourself for a position, please contact Carrie Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are inviting nominations for SIG Chair, SIG Treasurer & Conference/Program Chair. So please submit your name! Names need to be submitted to Carrie by 9/30/10.
Western Carlina University
August 5, 2010
Hi AERA Action Researcher:
Thanks to those who responded to the NING poll, based on the result we will let the NING group expire. I think that there are enough opportunities for active dialogue around action research. If you want more discussion, you can join practitioner-researcher list which is a great source of innovative ideas around action research.
Mapping our visitors...
I found a new way to use a map on our site. Custrmaps will automatically place the visitors to the website on a map. It does not seem to happen immediately, I am guessing there is a 24 hour delay but I am not sure. But if you come from a country other then England or the U.S., you can test how long it takes for your visit to show up. Then you can leave a comment on the page. I am sure this is a tool that others of you will find useful. It is easy to set up and helps a community see who is visiting and from what part of the world. Click on Mapping our Visitors from the menu on the left.
And while you are here, take a few minutes to look around. If you want to help us build the space, become a member by sending me a request with the email you want to use. Then you can sign on and create your own pages. You are welcome to use the space for your groups. You can just create pages off of the main space and enjoy the use of the wiki-web.
Most of you are likely to be on break enjoying your summer, at Pepperdine we are a 13 month learning technologies program with July as the overlap month. That means that we are starting the action research process again with cadre 13 and our goal is to get better at doing it every year (smile).
AERA AR SIG Chair
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July 28, 2010
Hello AERA SIG Members,
I hope you are enjoying the quiet after the rush to get AERA papers submitted. (July is a busy month for me as our program at Pepperdine U. is a 13 month programs and July is overlap month. We have successfully graduated our action researchers and we are starting the cycle over. )
Thanks for the quick reply on the poll on a strategy to encourage our teaching action researchers. We had 43 people vote and 99% want to make it possible for teachers (and possibly others) who work in the k-12 sector who are selected to present by our SIG to be able to sign up at the student rate. Our SIG would pay the difference. We will take a look at the people who fit this category and the newly formed Sponsoring Teachers Committee (sig officers and anyone who wants to join the committee) will make this offer to people who meet this requirement. Once the review process is done, we will report the number of presenters who are in this category. Thanks to all of you who responded.
Here are the results:
I have another question to ask all of you and I will again use a poll. We have a NING Community page that we started at the same time as we started this page. We have to decide in August if we want to pay for it. The page is here....
I stopped advertising it as we would need a NING community organizer to make this work-- I am ready to admit that I am over extended. But it is a good interactive context. And some of you might prefer this to the wiki which is more of a website with interactive possibilities. We could start with the small fee -- about $30 a year and then move up if we use it with more then 150 people. But this level of connection might be all you are interested in at the moment. I know many of us suffer from too much social networking.
That's all for now...
May 27, 2010
Hi AERA AR SIG members,
AERA has created a survey to help SIGs develop. If you have a few minutes it would be great to get your feedback.
If you are interested in participating, please go to:
You can specify action research sig and respond for our sig. I am not sure what happens to the feedback but I am assuming that it will be shared with us in some format.
We have over 350 people signed up in our google site, but we have only 35 who have added their information as members. I have recently added some tech videos to help if you are having trouble logging in and interacting with the site.Tech help appears in the menu at the left.
It would be great to see more people appear on the members page. Also feel free to share information either in a message to the group, or as an entry in our AR1World Blog. And if you have ideas for how to build the action research community, please share your ideas. There are a number of SIGs that center on similar topics (Educational Change, self-study of teacher ed practices, teacher as researcher) --would it be a good idea to reach out to them and create links across our SIGs? If you have thoughts on this or other issues, feel free to start a discussion...
We also have a poll to help us determine what are the best ways to spend our resources. So far 37 people have responded.
Looking forward to hearing from more of you.
Chair AERA AR SIG
May 10, 2010
NOTES FROM THE AERA 2010 Meeting
Hello Action Researchers,
We had a great community meeting at AERA although we missed the hundreds of
you that did not make it to the meetings. We are a growing SIG and I hope
that over this next year more of you will want to play an active role. We
all had a chance to introduce ourselves and say a bit about what we are
doing in action research. It was great to meet so many of you.
At our community/business meeting, we had reports for each of the officers.
(This is the short version, see the attached minutes for the longer version.)
Program Chairs - Danelle Stevens and Arthur Bangert: We had a number
of great sessions in the program. There were 43 submissions and we accepted
23 with a 50% acceptance rate. Our SIG had 15 papers with six sessions
three poster and five round tables. The number of sessions is no
longer computed on our size alone but on the number of submissions.
So we hope you will consider submitting a session for next
year in New Orleans.
Treasurer Deniz Palak: Currently we have about $15,000 in our budget and
we have 275 members. We talked about ideas for how to use these funds
to develop the action research community. We discussed some
ideas and we are asking for your input in a poll on our google
site. (see Polls in the left menu)
SIG Chair and Communication Officer Margaret Riel and Derrel Fincher:
We have a website where were are organizing our resources
and communication. We have decided not to use the AERA tools but instead we
have a website -- (this one) and a blog AR1WORLD (our one world). We hope
you will be active in both (see links in menu for blog). If you don't see the add or
edit button, you need to be added as member. Send a note to
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
We have funds but spending them require some degree of work by our members.
Ideas that were proposed include:
A Graduate student award for best AR dissertation submitted to AERA AR SIG
Support for local action researchers to put on a panel presentation at the community meeting
Partnership with other organizations to provide regional training in action research
Provide travel "grants" that people can apply for when presenting at AERA
Creating Mentoring links between members with some support for the mentors'
We have created poll where you weigh in on these ideas. Feel free to use
comments to add you views.
Also there was a request for a page for publishers of action research and conference listings
I am happy to create the page, but everyone will have to create the entries. You will find
the pages linked in the menu.
We are proposing a change in the bylaws to be consistent with the AERA
template which creates one- year terms for officers setting up yearly elections
which take place in November for the following year. We need to have two
people running for each office. We thanked Arthur Bangert for his service as
program chair and the rest of your officers are happy to serve another year as
long as you are happy with the service.
As stated in our bylaws, we have three elected offices. The other positions
(program co-chair, communication and nomination officers and an awards
chair if needed) are appointed by the leadership team.
1. Margaret Riel
SIG PROGRAM CHAIR
1. Danelle Stevens
2. Linnea Rademacher
3. Lonnie Rowell
4. Gail Zieman
1. Deniz Palak
2. Pier Junor Clarke
3. Rachel Oppenheim
If you are interested in running for an office (we need at least one
more person to run for chair), please send your names to Carrie
Rogers (email@example.com) and she will be contacting you
for your information later in the year when we are ready for elections.
Feb 22, 2010
Hello Action Research SIG Members,
This is busy time as we prepare for the AREA meetings in Denver. We hope you are coming and we especially hope that as you plan your schedule, you will start by adding the AR SIG Community Reception and Meeting which is scheduled:
Action Research SIG Community (Business) Meeting Time: Sun, May 2 - 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Place: Colorado Convention Center, Room 604
If you have ideas for what you would like to see take place during our meeting, please drop me a line and we will add you to the planning team. We know that there will be food and drink and good company and lots of opportunities for networking. Bring students and friends who might be interesting in joining our SIG. We are looking forward to this opportunity to get to know you better.
There are some announcements -- a conference at USD and chapter writing opportunity--they are posted on announcement page. SIG members are welcome to post announcements, but you have to sign-in (the sign-in option is easy to miss as it is at the bottom of the page. Once you have signed in, you can have your computer remember sign you in automatically.) If you have trouble, I am happy to help.
You will soon be hearing from our program chair Dannelle Stevens, about volunteering to review proposals for the 2011 meetings. We had many people volunteer for this year and if you want to volunteer again, please let Danelle know (firstname.lastname@example.org). I know this seems like a long way away but AERA is clear on having strong review panels in place early as it will not be long before the cycle starts over again.
AERA AR SIG
January 26, 2010
Hi AERA Action Researchers,
Welcome to the new year and a special welcome to Kathy Lindstrom, Judy Wilson,
discussion page you can use the new post button to start a new discussion on any topic (or click on any topic listed to add your comments).Wiki means fast --and it is used to signal that --with your basic word processing skills--you can interact with the web content. There is an edit button that shows up in the top right corner and after you click it, you can make changes on that page. Then you use the save button which shares your changes with the rest of us. Go ahead and try it--it is easy. On our AR SIG
We hope you will want to add your name in the members section. This way others can find you and we can start to build the community.
I hope that you will want to share what you do to prepare action researchers with each other. (My action research question: If I share my instructional activities with members of the AR SIG, will this result in others sharing their ideas or dialog around the ideas shared?)
In my teaching of action research, I am at the point of helping graduate students master some qualitative analysis skills. I use a tutorial that was created by SRI for OERI as reading (a link to this and other ideas can be found at the Center for Collaborative Action Research Interact) .
I have students work with some data I have collected in survey monkey where action researchers and faculty who teach action research are asked to define action research. My students then use the survey data to practice their analytic skills. You are welcome to respond to this if you are interested in seeing the survey. We have a lively discussion around the problems that arise as you try to talk about the data in ways that can be supported with evidence. My goal in this activity are to:
I would love to see links to your syllabi or descriptions of how you help students with research methods. This can be added to Interact under Analyze Data.
I hope that those of you engaged in action research, and those of you supporting others, will share your outcomes. There is place on Interact to do that but you can also put a link there to any other place where you want to share the information.
I hope you are finding problems that are worth solving...
and I wish you insight and success in solving them.
AERA AR SIG Chair
Margaret Riel <email@example.com>
Sr. Researcher, Center for Technology in Learning SRI-International
Co-Chair M. A in Learning Technologies Pepperdine University
October 26, 2009
I assume that you joined this site because you either support action researchers or you are an action researcher yourself. Everyone will be moving through their cycles of action research on different schedules. But let's assume that, for programs that started in September, researchers are currently developing their plans for action research and conducting their review of the literature.
I invite you to share resources that you find helpful in supporting action researchers as they plan or research their projects or in planning for your action research. For planning action research projects, I have collected some suggestions that I offer my students on a open wiki for sharing ideas about supporting the planning process. Feel free to add your ideas or discuss what is there.
I wonder if others have ideas about helping researchers with their action research questions. I accept "How Do I..." questions for the over action research project, but I feel relatively strongly that cycle questions should clearly identify the action that is planned and the outcome that will be studied. For example "Will giving teams more control over the choice of topics and their team partners, result in deeper learning of the content." Or "If I work with our grade level team of teachers to develop a wiki, will it lead to sharing of teaching strategies that moves beyond logistics."
So my question to you is how do you support action researchers in their development of the their research questions? (Feel free to respond on the wiki (http://ccar.wikispaces.com/Develop+Questions) or add to this google site. Also I think it would be great is we share advice on helping students to write lit reviews. I have a set of guidelines I use but I suspect that all of you have developed things that are similar and it would be great to share them. (Feel free to add your ideas on the ccar wiki (http://ccar.wikispaces.com/developing+the+literature+review)--you are most welcome!).
We also have thisshared space \and each of you are free to list your programs under Action Research World in the menu at the left. and then create and link to pages you can use with your groups. You will see that Jeff Daitsman is using this space for his program. You are welcome to use it for your programs. Are there topics you would like to discuss? What do you find is the most different part of either supporting or doing action research?
Margaret Riel Chair
AERA AR SIG
October 5, 2009
Hello AERA SIG Action Researchers,
I am posting information about a position at Teachers College, at Columbia University that includes supervising action research. in a new section called job postings.
(Nancy, are welcome to attach the file and add contact information if you would like--I made you a member so you could change it.) Anyone else who wants to be a member just let me, or one of the officers, know and we will be happy to add you. -- (FYI) I will be away from email for about 4 days starting tomorrow. )
I hope everyone is having a great start of the year. I am working with a dozen students as they work through their ideas for action research. I have put my notes, ideas and strategies for supporting action research on a wiki (http://ccar.wikispaces.com) and I welcome discussion around them. There is a discussion tab on every page, or you can just edit the pages and add your ideas. I think it would be great to create a wiki of share teaching strategies for supporting action research. I look forward to hearing your ideas for each of the phases of supporting action research.
If anyone has ideas that they want to share with the community, feel free to use google site http://sites.google.com/site/aeraarsig/ or the NING (http://actionresearchworld.ning.com). I am sending this to AERA AR discussion listserv as well as a test --but I mostly get denied when I try to post (even through I have a joined a dozen times). Maybe it will work this time. (If you get two copies, please ignore the second one but you will know that the discussion forum is working.)
Let us know if you have ideas for building a stronger sense of community.
August 10, 2009
Peer-review of materials in various forms from conference proposals to journal articles to promotion and tenure decisions, are the heart of the academy. The reviewers are often the unsung heroes and heroines of this essential part of our work. This year AERA will be honoring the reviewers selected in a more systematic and public way! Art and I will keep you updated on that!
We just finished assigning all the proposals to our 15 reviewers. We had 43 individual paper submissions and 3 proposals for sessions. Each reviewer will have 8-10 proposals to review because each submission gets reviewed by 3 people. Reviews are due by September 15, 2009.
Thanks so much for all of those that are helping us review submissions. The peer-review process is the heart of the academy.
FOR the REVIEWERS: If you log onto the AERA website with your user name and password, you will see the papers that need to be reviewed.
And, while you are in there, be sure to check the Message Center for any other updates on the process.
FOR the SUBMITTERS: We expect the reviews back by September 15 and, then, we will be able to notify you all by early November.
Thank you, once again, for your participation.
Dannelle D. Stevens (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Art Bangert (email@example.com)
Update from the SIG Chair
I hope all of you were able to submit sessions to AERA and we look forward to seeing all of you in Colorado in April.
This is our site and you are welcome to use it as you like. I have created a section for you to add your site under Action Research World and you are welcome to use the space as you like. The goal is for us to think about action research together. As you begin teaching, it would be great to be able to see how others organize support for action researchers.
Jeff Daitsman, a new SIG member asked if he could use it share their mission statement and coordinate their classes. I think we want the space to be as open as possible to all of your needs. So if you want to use the site, just add a link off of Action Research World and then you have space to use as you like.
I am still hoping that someone will share a banner design for action research. I currently have the one I used for the courses in 2008 and it has an Olympic theme which is less relevant now.