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News from the AERA Action Research SIG

posted Jan 4, 2016, 11:14 AM by Linnea Rademaker   [ updated Jan 4, 2016, 11:20 AM ]
This year the AR SIG will be presenting two awards:  1) the AR practitioner award; and 2) The AR dissertation award.  Both awards are open to the broader Action Research community within and beyond AERA.  We hope that you will consider participating.  I will post information about the call for papers as soon as it becomes available.  For more information, please contact Donna Johnson, current chair of the AERA AR SIG at

Please note that the current timeline calls for completed papers to be submitted by January 29 to be considered for the award.  The award criteria is listed below:
Awards Criteria
See specific criteria for awards below. 

Winners will receive $250 and a plaque if their paper is chosen by the selection committee. They are expected to attend the AERA 2016 Annual Meeting, where they will receive their awards. Winners will also present a synopsis of their papers at the Action Research Business Meeting and attend the AERA Annual Awards luncheon while at the conference. Winner's name and paper will be promoted on the Action Research SIG website and in publications.

*General Selection Criteria for both papers:
a)       Action Research focus of project
b)       Research design and methodological rigor
c)       Results, interpretation, discussion, and/or implications
d)       Implications and recommendations for continuing the action research cycle
e)       Contribution to the field of action research
NOTE: Researchers: Submit all papers with an APA formatted cover page with full title & contact information (home and work) & 200 word professional bio.

*Practitioner Award Criteria
  Description of the Award: The Practitioner Award is given to a professional in the field or a community member/team who submits a 
  report of their community action research that best exemplifies the principles of Action Research and/or that advances best research 
  practices.  The awardee(s) does/do not need to be a member of the AR SIG or of AERA. 

Eligibility Criteria:
a) Must have submitted paper for presentation at the 2016 AERA Annual Meeting 
b) Submitted paper must have been selected for presentation at the meeting
c) Report must meet criteria outlined in above award description

*Dissertation Award Criteria:
  Description of the Award: This award is given to a graduate student who submits a summary report of their action-research-based 
  dissertation that meets award criteria.

          Eligibility Criteria:
          a) Need NOT be a member of AERA
          b) Need NOT be a member of the Action Research SIG
          c) Dissertation completed between November 1, 2014 to November 1, 2015
          d) Submitted by graduate student (synopsis up to ten pages)
          e) Verified by dissertation chair (verification letter included with report)

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the AERA AR SIG: Linnea L. Rademaker, current program chair