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Conference Entertainment

posted May 9, 2016, 9:13 AM by Rich McPherson   [ updated May 16, 2016, 6:12 AM ]

We are excited to announce that attendees at the ARNA 2016 Conference will be treated to some wonderful local music throughout their time in Knoxville. 

Jubal [], an alt folk duo based in Knoxville, recently released their first album [] and will play—along with some surprise guests—at our Friday evening reception at the Southern Depot. And the Knox County Jug Stompers [], local purveyors of old-time Appalachian music, will be featured at our International Reception on Saturday evening at the East Tennessee History Center. Receptions include heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and the promise of a good ol’ time!

2016 Conference Schedule Now Available

posted May 2, 2016, 9:11 AM by Blair Niblett   [ updated May 2, 2016, 11:49 AM ]

Link over to the ARNA 2016 conference website to view the schedule for this years conference. Look for the full program to be released next week.

Accommodation Deadline for Group Rate

posted Apr 26, 2016, 12:00 PM by Rich McPherson   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 12:01 PM ]

All main conference events will be held at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Knoxville. Other events to be held in conjunction with the conference will be within walking distance of the Crowne Plaza.

We have negotiated a special conference rate for lodging of $100/person. This is most likely the best rate or one of the best in town for comparable hotels.  NOTE THAT THE CONFERENCE RATE IS IN EFFECT UNTIL MAY 17.  Regular rates will apply after this date.  It is important that you make your reservations at the Crowne Plaza by going to the Travel and Accommodations tab on the conference website and follow the instructions provided. 

National Writing Project Radio Introduces ARNA to NWP

posted Apr 6, 2016, 8:10 AM by Joe Shosh   [ updated Apr 6, 2016, 8:32 AM ]

The National Writing Project (NWP) will introduce its membership to the Action Research Network of the Americas in its latest NWP Radio show to premiere at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 7, 2016 ( Following its premiere, the program will be available for streaming at Host Tanya Baker interviews ARNA chair Joseph Shosh, 2016 conference lead chair John Peters, Highlander Center Education team member Susan Williams, and ARNA membership chair Holly Marich. More than 5,000 listeners tune in live or download the typical NWP Radio broadcast.

The NWP website notes, "We are excited to introduce NWP Radio listeners to ARNA, the Action Research Network of the Americas. We'll hear about the history and current work of ARNA, about their upcoming conference and their association with The Highlander Center, and about why NWP teachers and researchers might be interested in connecting with ARNA.

ARNA brings together practitioners from throughout North and South America and around the world to engage in dialogue and construct knowledge on professional practice ( Since its founding in 2012, ARNA has held annual conferences in California, Pennsylvania, and Ontario with the 2016 conference to be held in Knoxville, Tennessee and 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia.

The ARNA mission unites college and university students and faculty conducting practitioner inquiry into teaching and learning with fellow action researchers in public schools, private schools, community settings and workplaces throughout the Americas. ARNA members are committed to taking action locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally to promote action research that is conducted with a commitment to honesty, integrity, inclusiveness, multi-vocality, engagement, and achievement within sustainable democratic societies. ARNA encourages NWP members to join us in Knoxville to share the important literacy research they're conducting in schools across America with an international audience."

Sixth International Conference: Value and Virtue in Practiced-Based Research--DEADLINE EXTENDED!

posted Apr 5, 2016, 6:33 AM by Linnea Rademaker

Sixth International Conference:
Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research
‘Virtuous Practices for a Worldwide Conversation’
5-6 July 2016
York St John University, York, UK
Deadline for submission of abstracts extended to FRIDAY 22 APRIL 2016
Dear Colleagues,
We have received requests for an extension to the deadline for submission of abstracts for the sixth International Conference on Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research, to be held at York St John University, York, UK, onTuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 July 2016.   It has been decided to extend the deadline to FRIDAY 22 APRIL 2016
You can see further information on the web pages at  The conference is now well established in the international educational research community, with a reputation for high quality research and scholarship within a dynamic, supportive and kindly atmosphere that encourages individuals to explore their intellectual potentials while protecting their integrity.  York St John University is a vibrant part of the historic City of York: the City Centre and the wonderful York Minster are a five minute walk from the University.   
A pre-conference interactive workshop is also offered on Monday 4 July, from 4.15–6.00pm on 'Writing Practice-Based Research'. The workshop is free of charge to conference attendees, but spaces are limited so an early booking is advised.  
The 2016 conference theme is 'Virtuous Practices for a Worldwide Conversation'. You are invited to submit an abstract for a presentation that enables you to explain how you are engaging in what might count as virtuous practices in your workplace, wherever it may be, and how those practices might inform a worldwide conversation, however you construe it.  Presentations may take the form of papers, workshops, poster sessions, performance, or round table discussions.
Abstracts should be approximately 300 words, to include references.  This is an indicative number of words: please judge how best to communicate what you wish to say. 
Abstracts should be sent to Pauline Milner at by 22 April 2016 and should use the template to be found on the web pages. If you have any questions, please also feel free to drop me a line at
Also to note that we aim to publish work from the conference in a variety of forms. You can download our first set of proceedings from; the book is also available for purchase in hard copy. Our latest contribution is Values and Virtues in Higher Education Research (ed. J. McNiff) to be published by Routledge. 
We ask you, please, to share this letter and flyer as widely as possible with your networks and associates. 
We look forward to hearing from you and to extending a very warm welcome to you at the next Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research Conference. 
All good wishes,
Jean McNiff and the Conference Team

South African Education Research Association Announces Call for Papers

posted Mar 7, 2016, 5:24 AM by Joe Shosh

The SAERA executive would like to invite you to its 4th
annual conference to be hosted by the Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University

Conference dates

Sunday 23 to Wednesday 26 October 2016


Cape Sun hotel, Cape Town

Conference theme

Reimagining Education: Poetics, Practices and Pedagogies

Conference theme

South Africa is a country of challenges, and none more so than when it comes to the education of its

children, young people and also its adults. Ours is a country of poor literacy levels, pass rates and poor

performance. South Africa, however, is also a country of opportunity, hope and potential. It is in this light

that the conference endeavours to reimagine an education system that can help all of South Africa’s people

live up to their full academic potential. The deliberations at this conference are founded on the pursuit of

educational renewal based on intellectual integrity, rigour and critical illumination. As poetics, the pursuit

of the ‘idea’ is pivotal to generating quality education scholarship. As Edward Said (1996) explains, our

intellectual task is not always a matter of being a critic of government, but rather thinking of the

intellectual vocation as a maintaining of a state of constant alertness, of perpetual willingness not to let

half-truths or received ideas steer one along. At the heart of our reimagining is the struggle to establish a

rigorous research platform for our educational work that balances this intellectual task with the

performative demands of our universities. The conference intends to engage head-on with South Africa’s

educational challenges, and to reimagine a system within which the children, students and adults of our

country can flourish. It will focus on institutional cultures, practice-based teaching and learning

endeavours, and the centrality of curriculum and pedagogy in revitalising teaching and learning. The

conference will aim to contribute to a knowledge base that builds on research being done to reimagine

education in the light of the complex and diverse challenges that confront education for sustainable

change. It seeks to consider research that goes beyond schooling by also addressing current matters

concerning higher, further and adult education. The conference will focus, among others, on questions of

policy, language and literacy, educational psychology, inclusion, social justice and equity.

We call for papers / posters / panel discussions that address one or more of the following themes:

 Reimagining the epistemological / methodological terms of educational renewal

 Reimagining educational systems and institutional change

 Reimagining teaching and learning cultures

 Reimagining teacher education policy and practice

 Reimagining how students experience educational access and success

 Reimagining curriculum and pedagogy

 Reimagining postgraduate study and thesis supervision

 Reimagining language, literacy and learning

 Reimagining professional educator identity

 Reimagining intersections of communities and education

 Reimaging data of, and for, education policy and practice

 Reimagining educational management, leadership, policy and law

 Reimagining Maths, Science, Technology education

 Reimagining education systems for social justice

The programme will include presentation of papers (20 minutes) followed by 10 minutes for discussion and

poster presentations. There will also be panel sessions of 90 minutes and special interest group (SIG)

sessions. Panel discussions will comprise three or more presenters who all focus on the same theme.

We invite you to submit abstracts for:

1) individual paper: 300 to 400 words, paper title, names (s) of presenter(s), affiliation(s) and email

address(es), 4 to 6 keywords.

2) panel presentations: 1 000 words, panel topic, a 1 000 words panel description, panel chairperson

and names of panel participants, affiliation and email addresses of participants, 4 to 6 keywords.

3) Posters: 300 word, poster title, names (s) of presenter(s), affiliation(s) and email address(es), 4


Abstracts must be done on MS Word format.

Submission of abstracts must be done via the conference’s internet platform at: 


Abstract submission: 30 May 2016

Notification of abstract acceptance: 15 July 2016

Registration date open: 1 March 2016

Final date for registration: 30 September 2016


Details of registration fees, accommodation, transport, can be accessed at:

College & Research Libraries Special Issue Focuses on Action Research

posted Mar 3, 2016, 11:43 AM by Joe Shosh

The current special issue of the scholarly journal College and Research Libraries focuses on action research. See the press release at (and announced via social media - ACRLInsider blog at, Value of Academic Libraries blog at, Facebook and Twitter @ala_acrl.).

ARNA 2015 Conference Proceedings have been published!

posted Feb 22, 2016, 6:53 PM by Jamie Hill

Dear Fellow Action Researchers! 


The ARNA Proceedings Editorial Team members are happy to announce that the ARNA 2015 Conference Proceedings have been published. 


We are grateful to the ARNA 2015 Proceedings’ authors, contributors, and reviewers for their time and invaluable contribution. We remain thankful to our beautiful community of action researchers for supporting and sustaining the Proceedings! 


The ARNA 2015 Proceedings site has an open access and can be viewed at 


Please share this exciting news with your colleagues. 


We hope that you consider the ARNA Proceedings as an opportunity to engage in ongoing dialogue by reading the shared works on its pages, contacting authors, and participating in the ARNA Knowledge mobilization initiative. 


Lonnie Rowell, Elena Polush, Tara Flynn, Jamie Hill, Heather LeamanNathan Snyder, and Nathalis Wamba 



Educational Action Research Special Issue on Networks

posted Feb 21, 2016, 1:17 PM by Lonnie Rowell

Special Issue on Networks now available. ARNA Chair of Knowledge Mobilization Lonnie Rowell and ARNA Chair Joseph Shosh co-edited the latest issue of Educational Action Research ( The first article in this issue, authored by Shosh and Mary McAteer (CARN Liaison with ARNA), describes the first east coast CARN/ARNA Study Day, held as a part of ARNA’s 2014 Conference at Moravian College. Rowell and Shosh also co-authored the Editorial for the Special Issue.

2016 ARNA Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee!

posted Feb 18, 2016, 9:49 AM by Joe Shosh

Are you interested in showcasing your action research and sharing your ideas about educational practice?

Would you benefit from interacting with other practitioners and scholars in an intimate, warm, yet provocative learning space?

Join us at the upcoming international conference on action research in Knoxville, Tennessee! The Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) is offering its 
fourth annual conference in Knoxville, TN on June 16-18. Here is a link to the conference website: And, to ARNA's 
home page:

ARNA is a vibrant community of teachers, researchers, and practitioners who use research in action to study the impact of practice on learning while continually 
making changes to practice. Attendance at ARNA will provide you with new applied research strategies, informed by an international support network.

The 2016 conference will not be a typical “sit and listen, while trying to stay awake” conference experience. A major feature is an emphasis on interaction among participants and presenters. So, there will be fewer instances of speakers talking to people and more opportunities for speaking with people. For example, following a short keynote on June 18th  by Pam McMichael, Director of Highlander Research and Education Center, we will spend the remaining hour in facilitated small small group discussions. More can be learned about our conference themes and the PechaKucha presentation approach under Call for Proposals on the conference website.

The format of our schedule includes concurrent paper, panel, and workshop sessions; these will involve brief presentations with most of the time devoted to 
participant interaction aided by trained facilitators. Poster sessions will run concurrent with a boxed-lunch so that participants can exchange ideas and new 
understandings with others, including  presenters. Although not required, teachers who wish to share research from their classrooms are welcome to submit a proposal at our website. You will attend receptions and lunch with regional music and a benefit concert intended to entertain, nourish and create diverse ways to get to know others.
The ARNA conference promises to be a unique professional experience because of the opportunity to meet practitioners and researchers from across the Americas and around the world, to engage in a small, personal conference experience, and to learn with novice and experienced action researchers.  You will leave having created new knowledge, important connections, and potential collaborations to utilize when you return home to continue to build upon your work.

Registration is Open now! Presentation Proposals are due 3/15.  See you in 

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