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Practice -Based Research


Each year at AERA both our members and our SIG leaders are drawn to other similar and overlapping SIGs. We want to start exploring the possible links that might exist between our work in these different areas.  So we will start by listing the SIGs and their officers.  Then in 2015 we will explore what sorts of sessions we might share in common.  For example we could have all of our poster or roundtables in the same room.  Or we could co-sponsor a section that might involve local practitioners to the conference site who are engaged in action research or practice-based research. We are thinking of a common Facebook Group. 

So here are the the 40  SIGs that might fit under the tent of practice-based research and links to their sites. Action Research is of course larger than teacher research as one can do action research in any organization. We have group the SIGs into three categories:

  1. Practitioner Research SIGS  (15)- The description suggests that practitioner research is an important part of the community
  2. Compatible Theory and Practice SIGS (9) (These theories and idea support and extend practitioner research
  3. Method, Tools and Focus SIGS (16)  (These communities either provide method, tools or a specific focus to practitioner research 
In many of these SIGs practitioner research is only a part of process but we tried to be inclusive. 

Practitioner Research SIGS  (15 SIGs)

Action Research (SIG #2)
Purpose:
The Action Research SIG builds community among those who are engaged in action research and those who teach others to do action research. This is accomplished through dialog about professional development strategies, educational practices and theory, and methods of action research.
Contact:
Donna Marie Johnson, New Orleans, LA, djphoenix46@yahoo.com
Dues:
$5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Action Research
Workplace Learning (SIG #136)
Purpose:
Dedicated to articulating, studying, and applying research relating to adult learning processes within the context of work.
Contact:
Michelle Elizabeth Bartlett, University of Louisville, Cary, NC,meb439@gmail.com
Dues:
$5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Workplace Learning
Teacher as Researcher (SIG #126)
Purpose:
To support classroom inquiry research and participation in AERA by PK-12 practitioners.
Contact:
Megan Blumenreich, City College of New York - CUNY, New York, NY, mblumenreich@ccny.cuny.edu
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Lives of Teachers (SIG #62)
Purpose:
To promote the interchange of ideas and scholarly activities focused on inquiry into the lives of teachers. Teachers shall be defined as those working with students in classroom and tutorial settings, from pre-school through university. Research shall be viewed as inclusive of methods appropriate to the question of study and topics such as teacher narrative, biography, research on teacher development, including career trajectories, teacher characteristics, beliefs, and attitudes, and teaching as a profession; accounts of teachers lives in different times and in different countries; and portrayal of teachers in written literature, film and television.
Contact:
Maria J. Oreshkina, University of Scranton, Wilkes Barre, PA, oreshkinam2@scranton.edu
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices (SIG #109)
Purpose:
To inform and rethink teacher education by studying practice-varied educational settings and methodologies.
Contact:
Anastasia P. Samaras, George Mason University, Annapolis, MD,asamaras@gmu.edu
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices
Educational Change (SIG #155)
Purpose:
This SIG adopts an interdisciplinary and international approach to understanding many aspects of educational change, including large-scale reform, school-initiated change, school improvement, and classroom-level change.
Contact:
Dennis Lynn Shirley, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA,shirleyd@bc.edu
Dues:
$7.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Educational Change
Education, Health and Human Services Linkages (SIG #38)
Purpose:
To create a community of researchers and practitioners interested in developing knowledge about comprehensive school health, school linked services, and initiatives that support children and their families. The SIG focuses on interpersonal collaboration, integration of services, and interdisciplinarity. Interests encompass the array of interrelated policy, practice, and research issues that challenge efforts to forge viable linkages among these three distinct delivery systems.
Contact:
Dues:
$5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Education, Health and Human Services Linkages
Family, School, Community Partnerships (SIG #43)
Purpose:To engage with and promote rigorous and innovative research exploring the nature and impact of partnerships between families, schools, and diverse communities, and to encourage evidence-based practices and policies that influence children's learning and development.
Contact:Monica Miller Marsh, Kent State University - Kent, Peninsula, OH,mmillerm@kent.edu
Dues:$10.00 (1 yr); students $8.00 (1 yr)
Website:Family, School, Community Partnerships
Critical Educators for Social Justice (SIG #144)
Purpose:Critical Educators for Social Justice (CESJ) is committed to the struggle for social justice, human rights and democracy for diverse communities. We promote research, teaching, and activism centered on cultural, racial, linguistic, political, and economic self-determination within our classrooms, schools, and communities. A significant objective of CESJ is to promote communication and collaboration among critical educators and researchers working in public schools, universities, and community education programs. We believe that education, as a form of critical understanding, plays a crucial role in transforming society.
Contact:Alyssa Hadley Dunn, Georgia State University, Lansing, MI, AHDUnn@msu.edu; Rita Kohli, University of California - Riverside, Riverside, CA, drritakohli@gmail.com
Dues:$15.00 (1 yr)
Website:www.cesjsig.org

Education and Student Development in Cities (SIG #34)
Purpose:To bring together practitioners, community members, and researchers interested in innovative research and practice as they pertain to the life circumstances of children and youth in our cities.
Contact:Hannah Sasser Dockrill, Purdue University, W.Lafayette, IN, hsasser@purdue.edu
Dues:$5.00 (1 yr)

Grassroots Community & Youth Organizing for Education Reform (SIG #172)
Purpose:   To advance research on community and youth organizing, particularly in low income communities and 
                  communities of color. We will work to build a research community that engages with practitioners in 
                  organizing groups, educational institutions and policy-making circles. We seek to foster research that 
                  examines the ways in which organizing efforts affect school improvement and educational equity, youth 
                  development, community/democratic revitalization and social justice.
Contact:    Ben R. Kirshner, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO,ben.kirshner@colorado.edu; Shelley Zion, University of 
                 Colorado - Denver, Denver, CO, shelley.zion@ucdenver.edu
Dues:        $15.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)


Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership (SIG #129)
Purpose:The LTEL SIG brings together professors and graduate students of educational leadership and administration, discipline specialists, educational theorists, curriculum developers, instructional technology specialists, learning specialists, educational researchers, classroom experts, practitioners, policymakers, and others concerned with Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership. The LTEL SIG provides a forum for: A managed conversation on issues related to learning and teaching in Educational Leadership and Administration; the integration of theoretical quantitative and qualitative studies of learning and teaching in Educational Leadership; discussion of investigations conducted in real educational settings, including investigations involving application of technology to learning and instruction; exploration of innovative methodologies; analysis of the implications of research and practice for learning and teaching in Educational Leadership; and assessment of the relationship of learning and teaching in Educational Leadership to policy development at local, state, and national levels.
Contact:Liz Hollingworth, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, liz-hollingworth@uiowa.edu; Arnold B. Danzig, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, arnold.danzig@sjsu.edu
Dues:$10.00 (1 yr)
Website:Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership
Professional Development School Research (SIG #79)
Purpose:
To provide a forum for university and school professionals to discuss approaches for forming PDSs, methods for assessing outcomes, and strategies for conducting systematic change research.
Contact:
Rebecca West Burns, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL,rebeccaburns@usf.edu
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Professional Development School Research
Arts and Learning (SIG #8)
Purpose:
Recent themes include: arts performance and process in curriculum; arts integration, assessment, and criticism; cultural issues; semiotics creative process; aesthetic education; alternative research methodologies; and constructivism.
Contact:
Jacob Mishook, Achieve, Inc., Baltimore, MD, jmishook@achieve.org
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr); students $7.00 (1 yr)
Website:
http://alsig.arizona.edu/
School/University Collaborative Research (SIG #107)
Purpose:
To share research undertaken collaboratively by school and university educators, programs and practices supporting it, as well as challenges and dilemmas of the work.
Contact:
Robert Martin Reardon, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC,reardonr@ecu.edu
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
School/University Collaborative Research

Compatible Theory and Practice SIGS (9 SIGs) 

Constructivist Theory, Research and Practice (SIG #25)
Purpose:
To facilitate communication and to promote theory, research and improvement in practices of educators at all levels from a constructivist or developmental perspective.
Contact:
Jannah Walters Nerren, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, nerrenjanna@sfasu.edu
Dues:
$5.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Cultural Historical Research (SIG #30)
Purpose:
Focuses on human action, agency, and development as mediated by culture, history, and activity in the tradition of Vygotsky, Luria, Leont’ev, Bakhtin, Mead, and others.
Contact:
Peter Smagorinsky, University of Georgia, Athens, GA,smago@uga.edu
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Cultural Historical Research
Democratic Citizenship in Education (SIG #150)
Purpose:
To promote democratic citizenship-development research in K-12 classrooms, and to foster an interdependence among citizenship-democratic researchers.
Contact:
Caroline R. Pryor, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL,capryor@siue.edu
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Informal Learning Environments Research (SIG #49)
Purpose:
To further educational research in informal learning environments and to promote a community practice interested in establishing and maintaining a better understanding of teaching and learning.
Contact:
Maureen A. Callanan, University of California - Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, callanan@ucsc.edu
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr)
Leadership for Social Justice (SIG #165)
Purpose:
To promote social justice teaching, research, service, and policymaking agendas, with the corollary aim of seeking to proactively improve educational leadership as a means of addressing equity concerns for underrepresented populations throughout P-20 education; also to share innovative, promising, and research-based programs, policies, and teaching strategies and proactively advocate on behalf of underrepresented populations in educational leadership.
Contact:
Judy A. Alston, Ashland University, Columbus, OH,jalston@ashland.edu
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Leadership for Social Justice
Learning Sciences (SIG #39)
Purpose:
Purpose: To bring a variety of disciplinary perspectives and empirical approaches to the study of learning as it occurs in school, online, in the workplace, at home, and in the community, and to the design of novel environments with the potential to facilitate learning more effectively.
Contact:
Emma M. Mercier, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, mercier@illinois.edu
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/SIGATL
Paulo Freire, Critical Pedagogy, and Emancipation (SIG #159)
Purpose:
To honor Freire’s legacy by promoting scholarship that applies, extends, critiques, and reinvents Freirean pedagogy. Also, to promote historical scholarship that looks at the life of Paulo Freire and the context of his ideas and practices. Finally, to act as a catalyst for the creation of new forms of critical pedagogies that build upon the foundation that Freire established.
Contact:
Venus E. Evans-Winters, Illinois State University, Peoria, IL,vevansw@ilstu.edu; Richard V. Kahn, Ph.D., Antioch University Los Angeles, Tarzana, CA, rvkahn@gmail.com
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Paulo Freire, Critical Pedagogy, and Emancipation
Studying and Self-Regulated Learning (SIG #121)
Purpose:
The Studying and Self-Regulated Learning (SSRL) SIG is dedicated to promoting the development of theory and research in academic studying and self-regulated learning across the life span. The SIG brings together researchers and practitioners to share expertise in all aspects of self-regulated learning, including motivation, metacognition, learning and studying strategies, and the ways in which learners manage their emotions and environments.
Contact:
Daniel Charles Moos, Gustavus Adolphus College, Deephaven, MN,dmoos@gustavus.edu; Maria K. DiBenedetto, Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, Greensboro, NC, mkdibenedettophd@aol.com
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Studying and Self-Regulated Learning
Systems Thinking in Education (SIG #124)
Purpose:
To focus on applications of systems thinking principles to address various issues in education.
Contact:
Janice E. Noga, Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting, Cincinnati, OH, Jan.Noga@alumni.stanford.edu; William R. Watson, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, brwatson@purdue.edu
Dues:
$5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Systems Thinking in Education

Methods, Tools, Focus (16 SIGs)


Classroom Assessment (SIG #18)
Purpose:
The purposes of the SIG are to promote student learning through improved classroom assessment practices; to assist teachers in improving their classroom assessment practices and understand why it is essential to do so. To achieve these purposes, the SIG includes among its goals the promotion of quality research into classroom assessment practices, using all legitimate research approaches and methods, and the active collaboration with other SIGs and AERA divisions who share an interest in promoting research into classroom assessment.
Contact:
Lisa M. Abrams, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA,lmabrams@vcu.edu
Dues:
$5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Classroom Assessment


Classroom Observation (SIG #20)
Purpose:
The purpose of the Classroom Observation SIG is to provide members access to current research in observation techniques in educational settings.
Contact:
Kayla Braziel Rollins, Texas A&M University, Houston, TX,kcbraziel@tamu.edu
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Classroom Observation

Classroom Management (SIG #19)
Purpose:
To promote research on classroom organization and management, alternative discipline models, group and learner social interactions, and approaches to teacher education.
Contact:
Sandra Browning, University of Houston - Clear Lake, League City, TX, browning@uhcl.edu
Dues:
$15.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
https://sites.google.com/site/aeratest2012/home

Cooperative Learning: Theory, Research and Practice (SIG #26)
Purpose:
To exchange information about current research, theory, and improvements in implementation of cooperative learning procedures; to provide a structured forum for discussions related to cooperative learning.
Contact:
David W. Johnson, University of Minnesota, Edina, MN, dwj@visi.com
Dues:
$5.00 (1 yr)
Mixed Methods Research (SIG #158)
Purpose:
To support, encourage, and increase dialogue and idea exchange among educational researchers utilizing mixed methods and those interested in integrating qualitative and quantitative research approaches.
Contact:
Thomas W. Christ, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT,tchrist@bridgeport.edu
Dues:
$5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Mixed Methods Research

Narrative Research (Formerly "Narrative and Research") (SIG #145)
Purpose:
The Narrative Research SIG (Special Interest Group) of AERA is dedicated to supporting conversations about the place of narratives in educational research including but not limited to phenomenological, literary, critical, and performance conceptions of narrative analysis. The purpose of the Narrative Research SIG is to provide a forum for the exchange of information among individuals interested in informing/rethinking narrative research through a variety of narrative research studies in/with participants in a variety of educational settings.
Contact:
Vicki Ross, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ,vicki.ross@nau.edu; Elaine Chan, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, echan2@unl.edu
Dues:
$5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
https://sites.google.com/site/aeranarrativeresearchsig/
Portfolios and Reflection in Teaching and Teacher Education (SIG #77)
Purpose:
To discuss research and practice in developing, mentoring, and evaluating portfolios, as well as other forms of reflective pedagogy and assessment.
Contact:
Joan Y. Pedro, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT,pedro@hartford.edu
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Portfolios and Reflection in Teaching and Teacher Education
Problem-Based Education (SIG #78)
Purpose:
To provide a professional forum and network for those involved in research, theory, teaching, and development in problem-based learning for kindergarten through professional school learners.
Contact:
Mahnaz Moallem, University of North Carolina - Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, moallemm@uncw.edu
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Problem-Based Education
Qualitative Research (SIG #82)
Purpose:
To provide opportunities for discussion related to the philosophy, purposes, and methodological issues surrounding the use of qualitative research in social and educational contexts.
Contact:
Lisa A. Mazzei, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR,mazzei@uoregon.edu
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
http://aeraqrsig.org/
Research on Evaluation (SIG #90)
Purpose:
To create a community of researchers and practitioners interested in research on, dissemination of, and applications of evaluation theory and evaluation methods.
Contact:
Nicole Lewis, University of Hawaii - Manoa, Honolulu, HI,nicole88@hawaii.edu
Dues:
$5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Research on Evaluation
Research Use (SIG #100)
Purpose:
To understand how research is used to improve education policy and practice, and to foster improvement of dissemination and use of research findings.
Contact:
Daniel A. Laitsch, Simon Fraser University, Surrey, Canada,dlaitsch@sfu.ca
Dues:
$5.00 (1 yr)
School Community, Climate and Culture (SIG #104)
Purpose:
To examine the school in terms of the community, climate, and culture as perceived not only by the researcher but also by students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members at large.
Contact:
Dues:
$5.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
http://www.calstatela.edu/centers/schoolclimate/index.html
Service-Learning & Experiential Education (SIG #41)
Purpose:
Service-Learning and Experiential Education is dedicated to bringing together both researchers and practitioners to build and promote understanding of service-learning and experiential education for the betterment of the field and the reform of K-16 education.
Contact:
Kathleen Tice, The University of Texas - Arlington, Fort Worth, TX, ktice@exchange.uta.edu
Dues:
$8.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Service-Learning & Experiential Education
Social Studies Research (SIG #89)
Purpose:
To initiate, exchange, and advance research relevant to social studies education found in P-12 schools and classrooms with students, teachers, and administrators; teacher education programs with teacher candidates, practicing teachers, school administrators, and teacher educators; and in relationship to active citizenship in families, communities, society, and policymakers.
Contact:
Stephanie C. Serriere, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, PA,scs22@psu.edu
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Social Studies Research

Special Education Research (SIG #113)
Purpose:
To explore areas of educational research of interest to special and general educators, including individual differences, teaching strategies, and issues related to learning.
Contact:
Lindsay Flynn, University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Charlotte, NC,lindsay.flynn@uncc.edu
Dues:
$10.00 (1 yr); students $7.00 (1 yr)
Website:
Special Education Research

School Community, Climate and Culture (SIG #104)
Purpose:
To examine the school in terms of the community, climate, and culture as perceived not only by the researcher but also by students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members at large.
Contact:
Dues:
$5.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr)
Website:
http://www.calstatela.edu/centers/schoolclimate/index.html


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