Call for Proposals for the 2014 Conference
"Enacting Our Beliefs—The So-What of Action Research"
Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA)
Second Annual Conference
On the Campus of Moravian College
Reason and Bradbury assert
that “action without reflection and understanding is blind” (2008, 4). In the
context of action research and the goals of the Action Research Network of the
Americas, we agree, but we also understand an inverse phenomenon – reflection
and understanding without action is ethically, intellectually and socially
flawed. The transformative nature of
research is central to our action research work and, as such, we conjecture
that research without action is equally ineffectual. One could argue that
action research is necessarily, and by nature, action oriented, but how much
attention are we paying to and reporting on explicit outcomes of action
research for participants? How, and in what circumstances, is participation in
action research beneficial and for whom? Has the
research had any impact on the larger community? How do we know? How does action research shift or transform practice,
actions and ways of engaging in our complex world? The 2014 ARNA conference
will explore this theme of “Enacting our Beliefs—The So-What of Action
Research” through symposia, panel discussions, workshops, poster presentations,
roundtable dialogues, and working group meetings. Proposals that focus on the
theoretical and practical outcomes of a wide range of action research activity
including participatory action research projects are welcomed.
& Bradbury, H. (2008). Handbook of
Action Research: Participative inquiry and practice 2nd edition.
London: Sage Publications.
sessions will be 1 and one quarter hours in length.
Round Table Dialogues
sessions allow for a more informal discussion of research undertaken or an area
of interest. Presenters will be paired with another similar research
project. During the session, it is
expected that each presenter would provide a brief (5-10 minute) overview of his
or her action research. A computer
screen/tablet may be used to share some artifacts and resources that would be
appropriate. The sharing will be
followed by a discussion with other attendees which can focus on connections
across projects, opportunities to enhance the work, considerations for next
steps, or other areas of mutual interest.
is an individual submission for a formal presentation of research undertaken. The session will be comprised of three
related research projects, as determined by the conference committee. Each presenter will have 15 minutes to share his
or her work. Following the individual presentation, there will be a 5 minute
question period. At the conclusion of the three presentations there will be 15
minutes for further discussion and questions.
A moderator will be present to assist with introductions and
timing. An LCD projector and large
screen will be available.
symposium presentation includes three to four thematically related
presentations submitted together, including a discussant. The allocation of time and discussion format
will be indicated within the proposal. An
LCD projector and large screen will be available.
displays of action research projects will allow for individuals to examine the
research and discuss the work with the researcher(s). There will be specific times at which the
researcher(s) will be present, although posters will remain on display
throughout the conference.
interactive format allows for sharing of research actions and findings by
engaging participants in the research (i.e., examination of data/artifacts,
completion of activities undertaken in the research, consideration of implications)
and allowing for a discussion of the findings.
Details of the activities must be included in the proposal.