Our Action Research Community (ARC)

STAR Action Research Community (ARC) is led by professors of action research from six nations. These professors, who teach action research courses, have met between ARNA conferences over the last few years to think about strategies, issues, and resources to support the teaching action research.

Within a distributed leadership framework and Learning Circle approach, the first phase focused on the creation of the STAR ARNA ARC website (2017-18) Margaret Riel coordinates development of the website. The second phase has included the translation of the website into Spanish with the help of Clotilde Lomeli Agruel and Laura Dina, the construction of the STAR ARNA ARC Blog (April 2019) coordinated by Kathy Shafer and Jennifer Robin, and the development of the ARNA-STAR ARC Newsletter (May 2019) with Teri Marcos, Linda Purrington and Clotilde Lomeli Agruel as Editors.


Meet the Leaders of the STAR ARC:

Clotilde Lomeli Agruel

Clotilde Lomeli Agruel

    • I have been collaborating with STAR-ARNA-ARC for almost a year on the Spanish translation of the website. In addition, I am one of the editors of the STAR newsletter, where I also provide translation to Spanish.
    • Thanks to the Fulbright Scholarships and the Ford Foundation I was able to do some of my postgraduate work in the United States.
    • I am currently a professor-researcher at the Faculty of Educational Pedagogy and Innovation (FPIE) of the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) in Mexico. At the UABC I have more than 25 years of service, where I have held various administrative and academic positions.
    • I teach distance and blended learning subjects in instructional design, educational psychology, and research methodology.
    • Currently, I am starting the Laboratory of Educational Research and Innovation in the FPIE. One of its programs is to promote the training in Action Research of our future teachers.
    • I am part of the basic core of the master's program in education at the FPIE and serve on students' thesis committees.

I find it very stimulating to participate in the STAR-ARNA-ARC group, I hope that other colleagues will join in the development of this great ARC.

Laura Irene Dino Morales

I direct the STAR ARC section related to the development of professional competencies through action research.

  • I directed the first four degrees by portfolio of evidences of the bachelor's degrees in elementary and preschool
  • Teacher-master's researcher at the CIFE University Center.
  • Virtual tutor of the SINADEP Foundation.
  • Advisor to the National School of Trade Union Training and Professionalization.
  • I retired as Assistant Administrative and Teaching Director of the Institución Benemérita y Centenaria Normal School of the State of Chihuahua Professor Luis Urías Belderráin (IByCENECH).
  • I worked as a teacher of primary, secondary and I have a diploma as an educator.
  • I have 30 years of service in public education and 9 years at the university level (private).
  • I belong to the Network of Educational Researchers of Chihuahua, A.C. (REDIECH) in which I participate as Liaison Coordinator and Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) in which I participate as a member of STAR ARC and as associate editor in Spanish.

Linda Purrington

  • I am leading the section of the STAR ARC related to framing action research questions.
  • I taught action research in the educational leadership and learning technologies programs at Pepperdine University.
  • I am a recent Past Director for the Educational Leadership Administration and Policy (ELAP) Ed.D. Program and the Educational Leadership Academy (ELA) M.S. Program at Pepperdine University.
  • I am also a recent Past Co-President for the California Association of Professors of Education Administration (CAPEA).
  • After 19 years of full-time service as a professor at Pepperdine University, I transitioned to an adjunct role and currently chair Ed.D. Leadership Program dissertation committees.

Prior to Pepperdine, I served as an adjunct professor at CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton, Chapman, and Concordia Universities. I made a career transition to higher education after serving 21 years in K-12 education as a bilingual teacher, principal, and district office coordinator.

Teri Maros

  • I am leading the section of the STAR ARC related to reflection in action research.
  • I serve as professor of educational administration for National University.
  • I am currently teaching action research in the M.S. in Educational Administration as well as School Improvement Leadership.
  • I also serve as qualitative methodologist for dissertation proposals.

Prior to moving to higher education, I served for 20 years at the middle school level in Chino Valley Unified as a teacher, principal, and GATE Coordinator.

I am Nana to four grandbabies and a serious baker of gingerbread. Nothing delights me more than to share their joy at rolling, cutting, baking, frosting, and nibbling. The sounds and smells of home are deeply ingrained from my parents' Southern, extremely hospitable DNA. This, along with a gift of gab, is my rationale for being a qualitative researcher. There just aren't enough words in the day so let's capture as many as we can and make sense of them.

Ronald Morgan

I am new to the STAR ARC group and look forward to being a part of it. I'm an Associate Professor in the Educational Counseling Program at National University and currently the course lead for the action research course for the master's in education. Before coming to National in 2018, I was a full-time faculty at the University of Redlands for nearly 20 years. During that time at Redlands I served as a program director, department chair and Associate Dean in the School of Education. Prior to Redlands, I was a high school counselor for 5 years and then school administrator for another 5 years. I'm also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and had a part-time private practice for nearly 30 years.


Geitza Rebolledo Márquez

I work for the Pedagogic University UPEL IPC in Caracas. Venezuela . However, due to the catastrophic situation there I am living in Lima Perú at the moment.

Margaret Riel

I have retired from Pepperdine where I directed the Learning Technologies M. A. program and taught in the action research strand. However, I continue to work with educators in the International And Resource Network (iEARN) to support global teachers in their action research. To help in this effort, I created the online action research tutorials which are freely available to support the teaching and learning of action research.

I am enjoying being a member of this ARNA Action Research Community (ARC) and hope you will want to join with us as we explore issues in the teaching of action research.


Kathy Shafer

  • I am leading the section of the STAR ARC related to data collection and analysis.
  • I am a mathematics teacher educator at Ball State University (Muncie, IN).
  • A main area of teaching and research includes the integration of technology in the K-16 mathematics classroom.
  • I direct cohorts of graduate students through the development, implementation, analysis and reporting of an action research study (MATH 694 & MATH 696).


Kimmie Tang

I am new to the STAR ARC group. Having been in the field of special education for over 20 years, I am currently working on special projects (e.g., designing online modules for special education teaching credential programs) for various institutions while I am temporary located in Canada. I was an Assistant Professor of Special Education at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), teaching and preparing future special education teachers. Prior to CSUDH, I was an Assistant Professor and Program Director of Special Education at Mount St. Mary’s University, where I coordinated and implemented the Special Education Teaching Credential and Master’s programs. In Texas, I worked as an Education Specialist at Region 4 Education Service Center, providing professional development trainings, program evaluation, and customized instructional services. I also served as an instructional faculty member for the LoneStar Leadership Education in Autism and Neurodevelopment Disabilities (LEND) Program at the UTHealth Children’s Learning Institute. Throughout various positions, action research has been embedded in all of my teaching and courses work.


Our History:

This ARC began with a Learning Circle Approach. A learning circle is a highly interactive, participatory structure for organizing group work. The goal is to build, share, and express knowledge through a process of open dialogue and deep reflection around issues or problems with a focus on a shared outcome. Online learning circles take advantage of social networking tools to manage collaborative work over distances following a timeline from the open to the close of the circle. Circles have a final project which collects the shared knowledge generated during the interactions. Learning circles are a great way to organize learning in global projects.

Learning Circle interaction is a process of distributed leadership. Each of us led the circle around a project idea and developed the site resources around that topic. We met monthly and worked on the different projects. This website is the outcome of the learning circle interactions. We continue to meet monthly in our learning circle.

  • The projects have evolved and include a translation of the materials into Spanish, and the development of a blog and a bilingual newsletter.
  • You can read our monthly meeting notes which we collectively keep on our etherpad.
  • The leaders of the ARC meet in a learning circle on the first Wednesday of the Month at 9:00 am PT. If you want to join us, use the STAR website Join option to let us know of your interest.

After we have developed the first draft of the website, we are now in phase 2 where with a goal of moderating a larger level of participation around the topics as well as to continue our evolution. We are working on holding live STAR Conversations. We are all members of the action research tutorials facebook discussion and we hope you will join us there.



Geitza Rebolledo Márquez

I work for the Pedagogic University UPEL IPC in Caracas. Venezuela . However, due to the catastrophic situation there I am living in Lima Perú at the moment.