Marilyn Cochran-Smith and Susan L. Lytle will deliver a keynote address entitled "Practitioner Inquiry: For what? So what? Now What?" at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23 in the Lewis Wilson Foy Concert Hall on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian College. The interactive address, which will feature interpretation into Spanish via live podcast, responds directly to the ARNA 2014 Conference theme "Enacting Our Beliefs—The So-What of Action Research." For almost 25+ years, Marilyn Cochran-Smith and Susan L. Lytle have worked with and in practitioner inquiry communities, primarily in Boston and Philadelphia. Marilyn Cochran Smith is Cawthorne Professor at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College. Susan L. Lytle is Professor Emerita at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.
In theorizing this work from the perspective of university scholars and practitioners, they have argued that the perspectives and knowledge of practitioners, who work more closely to children, youth, and other school and district based educators than many other players in the educational discourse, are essential to larger efforts to improve the learning and life chances of children and youth in under-resourced schools and communities and to challenge societal and school inequities from the inside.
Cochran-Smith and Lytle have co-authored dozens of articles and chapters related to practitioner inquiry as well as two books on this topic--Inside/Outside: Teacher Research and Knowledge (1993) and Inquiry as Stance: Practitioner Research for the Next Generation (2009), both of which have been acknowledged with national awards. They co-edit the Teachers College Press "Practitioner Inquiry Series", which includes 40-some books about practitioner research/action research and/or written by practitioner researchers in school and other educational settings. They are widely known as leaders and architects of the practitioner inquiry community, which extends worldwide.
The address is sponsored by the Action Research Network of the Americas as the headline event of its 2nd annual conference. Local teachers may attend the keynote address free of charge (with a suggested donation to the Eduardo Flores Scholarship Fund) by registering here. A reception with jazz trio and cash bar will follow the address outside the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Bethlehem in advance of the Conference Dinner. Local teachers may also register for the dinner ($35), Saturday conference sessions ($50), and/or a Friday/Saturday conference package ($75). ARNA thanks conference sponsors Moravian College, St. Mary's College of California, Trent University, the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, and West Chester University of Pennsylvania for making the address possible.