May 5, 2015
HELLO SIG MEMBERS:
The Action Research SIG needs Reviewers and Papers!!!
*SERVE AS A PAPER REVIEWER: The Deadline to volunteer is May 11, at 5pm (Only a few days from now). Go online and register to serve as a reviewer today!! The Action Research SIG will need as many reviewers as possible this year, as we expect to receive a greater number of papers. Reviewers play a critical role in helping us put together our conference each year. Please go to the AERA site and volunteer today! Use the link below. (http://www.aera.net/EventsMeetings/AnnualMeeting/2016AnnualMeeting/2016AnnualMeetingVolunteerReviewerSystemOpen/tabid/15863/Default.aspx)
Critical Dates for Review Process
March 24, 2015 Official opening to sign up as a volunteer peer reviewer
May 11: Deadline to sign up as a volunteer peer reviewer
June 1: Invitations for those selected to review panel will be sent
June 8: Deadline to accept or decline invitation to review
August 10-31: Submission review period
*SUBMIT RESEARCH PAPERS TO OUR SIG: These should address the intersections between your work as action researchers and the 2016 conference theme: "Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies". (More detailed information is provided about the theme in the "Background" section below. Please read before submitting paper proposals). Presenters will have a lot more presentation options/formats this year, and are encouraged to think outside of the norms set for past meetings. We don't have actual dates, but be prepared to submit proposals for 2016 session papers between early June and the third week in July. Papers will be due in early spring 2016.
Papers that clearly report on the ways that action research has been effective in meaningfully transforming practices and policies on the ground and/or within
organizations/institutions and/or persons, will be given priority. Here, the presentation must answer the question of how the research helped to fuel policies and practices that addressed the needs of all or a sub-set of the diverse democracies that exist within most education settings/contexts. Also, papers whose research embodies Dewey's principles (outlined by the AERA president in her call for papers -- outlined below), and that introduce new frames, methodologies and ways to strengthen research validity and reliability, will be given the strongest consideration. There is also an emphasis being placed upon papers and presentations that are jointly written and presented by both practitioners (i.e., teachers, other school personnel, community and youth workers, youth, etc.)and scholars, as well as those that speak to issues outlined above.
Dr. Donna Johnson, AERA Action Research SIG Chair
2016 AERA ANNUAL MEETING THEME BACKGROUND
Please read before submitting paper proposals
In AERA's Centennial Year, the Annual 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.
AERA’s 2016 Centennial Annual Meeting will highlight the interplay of research, politics, and social analysis. We as a community are uniquely positioned to engage in these debates and inform them with rigorous, scholarly inquiry. John Dewey’s ideas about schooling, scientific inquiry, and social progress provide intellectual grounding for this year's theme. Dewey maintained that scholars must engage democratically with “publics” in ways that raise awareness of social problems (in education and beyond)and foster a democratic and public solving of those problems. In Democracy and Education, the Centennial of which is also 2016, Dewey reminds us that education must embody both the means and ends of democracy. Moreover, Dewey argued that science could contribute best to social progress (including educational progress) through a process of sustained public inquiry, rather than by being asserted, or trickling down, from professionalized and technical
fields of study embedded within sanctioned institutions.
Today, researchers have access to powerful strategies, technologies, and skillsets to support their engagement as public scholars—should they choose to use them. Public scholarship was once largely confined to making presentations to practitioners or giving speeches at public meetings. Now, new forms of engagement exist in a wide variety of public spaces, including writing for lay audiences, media commenting, blogging and posting, contributing to public websites, testifying at government hearings or in litigation, conducting collaborative research with communities and educators, and other activities that position research to inform civic participation, engagement and organized action.
Consistent with AERA’s mission to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good, the 2016 Annual Meeting will feature and advance public scholarship at its best, bringing to light engaged research and researchers in the US and around the globe. We encourage all researchers, divisions, and SIGS to propose innovative, thoughtful papers and sessions that focus on and deliberate about public scholarship as a necessary and reflexive component of education research. We also invite papers and sessions that offer concepts and examples of how researchers across the broad range of AERA’s interests are creating knowledge that engages policymakers and publics to meet the challenges of education in increasingly diverse democracies. In addition, we especially welcome proposals that incorporate compelling new strategies, media, and formats that combine academic rigor with the broader-audience demands of public scholarship.
We have added a new section to the SIG: What is Action Research. We hop you will visit and add your comments. We will be presenting this collectively constructed definition at the Action Research Community Business Meeting on Friday, April 17th and invite all of you to join with us as we discuss this statement as well as share information about our community. Please join us!
I have added more details on all of the sessions that the Action Research SIG is sponsoring. You can use these listing to help you find sessions as you explore AERA. I have also added most of the over 100 sessions that have one or more action research talks sponsored by other groups or divisions. I hope this helps you find talks that match your interest as you participate in AERA.
All of the talks are linked on the left column under AERA Conference 2015.
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... email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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