Greetings from above the Arctic Circle in Tromsø, Norway, where the Collaborative Action Research Network (http://www.esri.mmu.ac.uk/carnnew/index.php) in collaboration with the Nordic Action Research Network is hosting this year’s conference “Staying Critical – Nurturing Democratic Partnerships in Action Research.” The conference theme is based upon the seminal action research text Becoming Critical by Wilfred Carr and Stephen Kemmis, also in attendance. (http://www.carn2013.no/)
On behalf of the CARN Steering Committee, Mary McAteer from Britain’s Edge Hill University welcomed nearly 150 action researchers from around the world prior to Wilfred Carr’s opening keynote address. Additional conference keynotes included a presentation by ARNA’s 2013 keynote speaker Jean McNiff and Nordic action researchers Øyvind Pålshaugen, Karin Rönnerman, and Petri Salo.In addition to attending numerous conference sessions, I had the privilege of making two presentations about the 2014 Action Research Network of the Americas conference. The first introduced CARN’s first east coast American Study Day to an audience that included McAteer, Kemmis, and Satoshi Suzuki, Director of Japan’s Association for Action Research. The CARN Study Day, which will kick-off the 2014 ARNA conference will examine the question “What Happens To Action Research After the Master’s Degree” and will lead participants on site-visits to three American secondary schools—one each in Pennsylvania, New York City, and New Jersey,” where Moravian College graduate education alumni have transformed teaching and learning through action research.
In a second session, I had the opportunity to provide an overview of the history and development of ARNA and a preview of the 2014 conference to a group of assembled fellow action researchers, including McNiff and Andy Convery, CARN Coordinating Group member from the University of Sunderland and 2014 CARN Conference chair.
I’m departing now for closing comments from Carr and Kemmis on “staying critical.” In the final photo I've posted, you can see them posing for a photo yesterday after reviewing the ARNA 2014 conference brochure. Following tonight’s closing dinner, I’m heading out in search of the Northern Lights, and I look forward to seeing you all back in the Americas for ARNA 2014!
ARNA 2014 Conference Co-Chair
Transition Coordinating Group Treasurer