2016 Proceedings

2016 Conference Proceedings

From the Editors

When performing the preliminary work for the 2016 conference, the organizers chose an apt theme to guide the program: “Making a Difference: Action Research for a Change”. As such, they were determined to make certain it would not be “your typical conference”, but rather one driven by interaction and dialogue. Certainly the Knoxville site represented the crossroads of the Americas for just such discussion and drew presenters from across the two continents (and further afield). The published work, found below, also represents a crossroads of the many themes and research that were disseminated during this week in June, 2016. The speakers emerge from a great diversity of contexts and setting at the school, university, college, and workplace. Some stretch the boundaries of the Action Research methodology while others use it to enact change in their community. Alongside the papers shown below are a number of other formats that presenters chose to employ. One of the more novel venues was that of the PechaKucha Panel which proved to be a more fast-paced genre for the conference. Regardless of the format, we hope you find the enclosed proceedings both enlightening and thought-provoking as we collectively continue coming to grips with the many facets of Action Research.

Introduction to the Conference

Introduction to the Conference

John Peters, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Conference Keynote Address

The Highlander Research and Education Center

Pam McMichael, Executive Director, Highlander

Paper Presentations

Candidate Perceptions of a Collaborative Framework Scaffold for Action Research Development

Donna Azodi, Daryl Ann Borel & Gary Martin, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX, USA.

Community Action Research for Long-term Sustainable Change

Dr. Josephine Bleach, National College of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.

Viviendo el cambio en la Escuela Normal de Chihuahua

Karina Alejandra Cruz Pallares, Angélica Loya Márquez, Karla Carol Perdomo Lajas, Sergio Antonio Rivera Rascón, Institución Benemérita y Centenaria Escuela Normal del Estado de Chihuahua Profesor Luis Urías Belderraín, Chihuahua, México.

Student Perception of Learning in the CBI French Classroom

Clarissa Eagle, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, USA.

Mobilizing Practitioner Action Research to Foster Critical Pedagogy in a Large Online Undergrad University Course

Amir Kalan & Michelle Troberg, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Rethinking Teaching in STEM Education: The Role of Instructional Consulting and Digital Technologies

Shelley C. Kurland, County College of Morris, Randolf, NJ, USA.

Transition from Professional School Teacher to Academia: A Personalized Journey in Professional Development

Timothy Sibbald, Nipissing University, North Bay, ON, Canada.

Pedagogy of World Literature: Reconnecting with the Aesthetic

Leah M. Van Vaerenewyck, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Climate, Competition and Curriculum Collide: Designing an Integrated Action Learning Course with International Competition and Environmental Sustainability Curriculum

Rachel M. Watson & Christine N. Boggs, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA.

Symposium Presentations

Action Research in School Counseling: Developing a Knowledge Base

Tina Alcorn, Lonnie Rowell, Ying Ying Shiue, Jesse Sweeney, & Morgan Urbany, University of San Diego, CA, USA.

Workshop Session Summaries

Publishing Action Research for Change

Allan Feldman, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA; Lonnie Rowell, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA

Knowledge Democracy and Action Research: What Works and Who Says?

Lonnie Rowell, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA; Eunsook Hong, Social Publishers Foundation, La Mesa, CA, USA.

PechaKucha Panels

Towards a more Meaningful Way to Teach English a Foreign Language

Isabel Cristina de Araújo Teixeira, University of Brasilia, Brasília, Brazil.

A Study of Alternative Training for Nomadic Children in Mongolia

Javzandulam Batsaikhan, Mongolian National University of Education Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Narrative Inquiry and Literary Métissage as Media for Educational Change

Martin Labrie, Judith McBride, Sebastien Porco, and Kristen Witczak, Riverside School Board, Saint-Hubert, Québec, Canada.

Teacher Action Research: What Keeps it Going after the Master’s Degree?

Joseph Shosh, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, USA; Peter Richmond, Freelance Writer, Millerton, NY, USA; Wendy Elvin-Thomas, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, USA; Bernadete Varela, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.

A Portrait of Sources of School-based (In)Formal Support for Urban Middle School Students

Aubrey Uresti, University of California, Davis, CA, USA.

Poster Session Presentations

Student and Instructor Experiences with Types of Teaching and Learning

Emily Gray & Dr. John Peters, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA.


Clausen, K., Beaulieu, R., Hill, J., Snyder, N., and Cruz Pallares, K. (Eds.). (2016). Proceedings of the 2016 Conference of the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA). Knoxville, Tennessee, USA: ARNA.

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