2015 Best Action Research Paper Award competition. This is the first award offered by our SIG, and will
be the first in a series of annual competitions. The goal of the award is to promote community, scholastic
exchange, rigor, innovation and activism, within the field of Action Research. Scholars will be awarded
$250 cash award and an official AERA plaque for winning papers. His or her picture and profile will also
Only papers selected by reviewers to be presented at the 2015 AERA Annual Meeting in Chicago are eligible for
the Best Paper Award this year. Completed papers/manuscripts must be submitted by 5pm on Friday, January 2,
2015, to be considered for the award (Late papers will not be considered). Winners will be announced via email, list-
serv and on the AR SIG website on Monday, February 16, 2015. Interested persons should submit papers to AR SIG
Secretary, Debby Zambo at Debby.Zambo@asu.edu.
Any help that we can get from volunteers is greatly appreciated. Our community thrives when we give. We thrive as professionals and as researchers when we have a strong SIG and community. Contact Debby Zambo at Debby.Zambo@asu.edu, by Friday, December 5th, if you would like to volunteer. We need people to serve in the following roles:
*Paper Reviewers: These committed individuals will dedicate about eight hours of their time (between January 4 – 24) to review approximately 5 – 7 papers, to evaluate them using a rubric supplied by the Award Committee and to return ratings back to committee members.
*Award Committee Members: These generous spirits volunteer to
coordinate award program activities, working in collaboration with the AR
SIG Secretary. This includes briefly
reviewing, logging – in and assigning papers to reviewers. Then, following up with them. Creating a rubric
for assessing papers and a ratings reporting sheet so that reviewers can log in
all of their scores and comments on one sheet. Collecting ratings/comments
forms from reviewers at the end of the review period, meeting to total scores, and to
determine the winning paper. Communicating winner’s information to the AR SIG
Secretary (who will then inform the SIG Chair), and assisting with designing/ordering the plaque and giving the award. This job will require about 8 - 10 hours of time between January 4th and February15th, and about 5 hours right before/during annual meeting) .
Our Community/Business Meeting Minutes from AERA 2014 are posted and ready for comments.
By Debbi Zambo
Javarro Russell asked me to share this information with our SIG:
NOTE:Please remember to register as a reviewer on the AERA website by May 9. The system closes to self-volunteering at that time.
April 18, 2014
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:
These events were made possible by the participation of a number of individuals. Although there is little extrinsic reward for such service, there is much to be gained through taking the time to connect with and share experiences with local people in the cities and regions in which the massive AERA operation lands in each year. All who have participated have expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to share their work and be recognized for the parts they have played, and are playing, in the world of action research.
If you are interested in taking the lead in continuing this initiative within the AERA SIG, I recommend that you contact the new Program Chair, Linnea Rademaker, as soon as possible.
April 7, 2014
Here is the powerpoint (attached at the bottom of the page) that I made for the Business meeting. It includes the initial results from our survey on publishing action research in journals. We have some new committees with lots of fresh ideas. Do write Donna Johnson, our new chair, if you are interested in being on any of these committees... firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes, as I pass the baton to Donna...
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 email@example.com
Linnea Rademaker, Northcentral University, for Program Chair, Lrademaker2@gmail.com
I have attached their bios from the election so you all can reacquaint yourselves with your new officers.
Dannelle D. Stevens, Ph.D., Professor
March 15, 2014
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.
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