Supporting THE teaching of action research (STAR)
An Action Research Community
ACTION RESEARCH NETWORK OF THE AMERICAS
Supporting the Teaching of Action Research Action is the name of our Action Research Community (ARC). We began with a Learning Circle Approach, meeting monthly from Oct 2017-May 2018. Each of us led the group around a project idea and the development of the site resources around that topic. You can read our monthly meeting notes. The goal of the learning circle was to collectively create the first draft of ideas, suggestions, and resources for teaching action research. This initial development of the website was the first phase. In the second phase, we invite the larger ARNA community to join us in expanding the site and discussing ideas, activities, projects and resources. We will try a number of different ways of doing this and welcome your suggestions. We have added a Forum to the site and invite your participation. We will also be thinking of others ways to make the site more interactive. We are about to meet at the ARNA conference in San Diego on June 28-30. If you have ideas or professional needs as a teacher of action research, please come and share your ideas. We will evolve with all of you.
The people listed here have worked in a Action Research Learning Circle from Sep 2017- June 2018 focused on sharing and creating resources through a process of distributed leadership.
Each member of the learning circle is of a leader of one of the teaching topics listed in the navigation bar, but all the members of the learning circle shared their ideas on these topics either in discussion or writing or both. The topics appear under teaching topics in the navigation menu as well as here. Each of us is exploring ways to have a larger number of people join us and share ideas and you can see this on the pages.
- Framing the Research Question - Led by Linda Purrington
- Ethical Challenges of Action Research - Led by Jennifer Robins
- Blending Theory and Practice - Led by Margaret Riel
- Data Collection and Analysis - Led by Kathy Shafer
- Action Research and Leadership Development - Led by Donna Azodi
- Action Research Competence – Led by Laura Dino
- Teaching the Art of Reflection – Teri Marcos
- Youth Action Research - Joseph Shosh
Each of the members of the learning circle have introduced themselves in the forum. Please feel free to add your introduction to the list. We are looking forward to extending the STAR ARC beyond the original eight people.
As a support for those who might be new to teaching action research or who are teaching it in a new area, we are inviting everyone to share their action research syllabi. While the reading material might be dated, the overall structure of courses might provide generative ideas on how to structure new courses. Feel free to add your syllabi with the community.
We shared the different ways that action research fits into the curriculum of the university programs. For some it is directly tied to a set of courses. In other cases, the work is informed by courses but students work with a set of advisors to do action action research as a masters or doctoral thesis. Our goal in "timeframes" was to share ideas for how action research fits into the course of study at different universities to help others as they go through reorganizations of their university programs. There is a quick survey for you to complete and you are invited to share your program details.