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Jean McNiff to Deliver ARNA Inaugural Keynote Address

posted Feb 20, 2013, 3:43 PM by Joseph Shosh   [ updated Feb 20, 2013, 3:43 PM by Margaret Riel ]
Dr. Jean McNiff, Professor of Educational Research at Britain’s York St John University and internationally recognized action research author, will deliver ARNA’s inaugural keynote address, exploring the invention and re-invention of knowledge through action research across the Americas and around the world. Jean holds visiting and honorary professorial positions at the University of Tromsø, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Ningxia Teachers’ University and Beijing Normal University. Her latest book, published by Routledge, is a 2013 third edition of her seminal Action Research: Principles and Practice, a valuable addition to the literature on research methods in education, healthcare, and professional education, contributing to contemporary debates about the generation and dissemination of knowledge and its potential influence for wider social and environmental contexts. Jean has been recognized as Routledge’s Education Author of the Month for February 2013.


Jean has authored or co-authored a range of action research texts, including Action Research for Professional Development, Action Research: Living Theory, Action Research for Teachers: A Practical Guide, All You Need To Know About Action Research, You and Your Action Research Project, and Action Research: Principles and Practice. Her abiding research commitments are about how she can contribute to transformational forms of epistemology for a new scholarship of educational knowledge for the development of sustainable personal, social, organizational, and environmental orders.


At York St John, Jean also serves as convener of the annual International Conference on Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research. She explains, “Virtue is not only a word we say but also a practice we do. We believe that, by sharing our practices through the stories we tell, we can contribute to making the world a more peaceful and productive place.” Jean was a schoolteacher and deputy head teacher before taking early retirement from schools. She makes her home in Dorset and travels extensively in order to work with practitioner-researchers in a range of workplaces.


Jean's web address is, and more information about York St John’s 2013 Conference is available at For more on Jean as Routledge Education Author of the Month, visit