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April 24, 2014

By Debby Zambo

Our Community/Business Meeting Minutes from AERA 2014 are posted and ready for comments. 

April 24, 2014

By Debbi Zambo

Javarro Russell asked me to share this information with our SIG: 

 My name is Javarro Russell. I am a Board Member of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) an affiliate of AERA. This year I am a co-chair of the fall 45th Annual Conference in Trumbull, CT. I am writing you in hopes that you could provide your members with our call for proposals. This is an excellent conference for those that are interested in another opportunity outside of AERA to present their research or participate in professional development. Attached is our current call for proposals. I¹ve also attached our most recent newsletter so that your members can have a sense of what to expect from our conference experience. You can also obtain the newsletter by using the following link:http://www.nera-education.org/newsletter/NERA_Researcher_Winter_2014.pdf
Thanks for helping me get the word out. Please contact me if you have an questions.


April 20, 2014

NOTE:Please remember to register as a reviewer on the AERA website by May 9. The system closes to self-volunteering at that time. 

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Report on Potential AR Awards--AR SIG Business Meeting, April 6, 2014

By Linnea Rademaker, Program Chair, 2014-2015

Four of us discussed the need for recognition of Action Research that is occurring in our communities.  We discussed a potential outstanding dissertation award (for a graduate student), a community action researcher/practitioner award, and a best paper award (to be given to an accepted paper author for the 2015 conference).  Since the AR SIG does not currently have any AERA approved awards, we have to submit our proposals to the SIG executive committee by May 1 to be heard at the June board meeting of AERA.  Once approved, we can then discuss as members: 1) the details of each award; and, 2) whether we want to give all three in one year or rotate.  Please contact me with your comments, questions, or ideas.  Linnea Rademaker (lrademaker2@gmail.com)



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:

  • Once an individual or a small group of individuals interested in the initiative has been identified it will be important to clearly define a goal and objectives for the outreach effort.
  • One thing that could be added to the AR SIG is an Award for local practitioner research. The award could be given as a part of the annual Business Meeting or at an event in the community
  • The AR SIG could sponsor an Action Research Workshop in the community, with SIG members submitting brief proposals to conduct the workshop to the SIG leadership. This community-based event could be co-sponsored by the AR SIG and local groups involved with action research, participatory research, and/or practitioner research. I hope the community outreach initiative does continue. Over the course of the past few years the initiative has provided:
  • Visits to schools in New Orleans and San Francisco in conjunction with the AERA conferences in those cities. These visits provided opportunities for conference attendees to meet with practitioner-researchers and to learn about important school and school district initiatives to bridge the research-practice gap in education
  • Co- Sponsorship and active participation in a major community event in Oakland, California in conjunction with the 2013 AERA Conference. Attended by more than 500 people, the event was a community celebration of Linda Tuhawi Smith’s work on decolonizing knowledge and featured addresses by professor Smith and by Michelle Fine of the Public Science Project in New York City.
  • Sponsored a Community Recognition of youth participatory action research, held as a featured AR SIG session at the 2013 AERA Conference.  In addition to presentations by several high school students engaged in YPAR, and the sharing of posters based on local community-based action research projects in the East Bay area, UC Berkeley professor Emily Ozer spoke on the value of youth participatory action research.

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.

 Respectfully submitted,

Lonnie Rowell




April 7, 2014

Hi, folks,

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... djphoenix46@yahoo.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  debby.zambo@asu.edu

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.

Best wishes,

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. 
Margaret Riel 
AERA WebMaster


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