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2012 Action Research Conference: Call for Proposals!

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9th Annual Action Research Conference

April 27th-28th, 2012

Emergent Models in Action Research:

Technologies, Networks and Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Exciting new models of action research are emerging worldwide.  The 2012 Action Research conference will explore the technologies, networks, and innovative collaborations that have emerged in support of action research in diverse cultural, socio-political, economic and institutional settings.

Are you an action researcher currently investigating your practice? Do you study the practice and impact of action research? Can you expand others’ knowledge about the process and possibilities of action research?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, please submit a proposal to present at this year’s conference.

Proposal submissions will be accepted through November 14th, 2011.

You are invited to submit a proposal to make a presentation at the conference.  Proposals should follow the guidelines listed below:

Presentation Formats

  • Action Research Presentations—Opportunities for practitioner researchers to share investigations of their practice and their learning.
    • Individual presentation (20 min. presentations to be grouped by the conference organizers into thematically related sessions)
    • Panel presentation (3-4 individual presentations that are submitted together) (A very limited number of panel presentation spaces will be available.)
    • Poster session (in-progress or completed action research projects) (Three poster sessions will be held over the two days of the conference, each lasting approximately 1 hour. The poster sessions are interactive, and at least one will coincide with a reception for all conference participants.)
  • Research on Action Research Presentations– Opportunities for faculty, school & institutional leaders, and community activists who study the practice, process, and impact of action research to share findings.
    • Individual presentation (20 min. presentations to be grouped by the conference organizers into thematically related sessions)
    • Panel presentation (3-4 individual presentations that are submitted together)
  • Workshop Presentations – Structured learning opportunities for practitioners interested in learning more about the process and possibilities of AR. (A very limited number of 60 minute workshop spaces will be available.)

Proposal Submission

Prepare a proposal of 500-750 words for individual presentations, or 700-1150 words for panel or workshop presentations.  The proposal should include the following elements:

For completed action research projects and research on action research presentations:

  • Objectives of the project or the paper (50-100 words)
  • Rationale for the project or the paper (50-100 words)
  • Significance of the project or the paper (50-100 words)
  • Methods of the project (including clear description of the project’s link with a specific type of action research) (50-100 words)
  • Data, sources of evidence (50-100 words)
  • Results of the project (50-100 words)
  • What did you learn from the reflection associated with your project (150 words)

For in-process action research projects:

Respond to each of the categories above based on whatever information is available given the stage(s) of the project. The proposal reviewers will understand that if a project is just about to begin, there may not be much information regarding data and there certainly will not be ‘results.’ We want to encourage the presentation of in-process action research while also being sure that potential presenters have given careful thought to the fit of a proposal with the traditions and the methods of action research.

For workshop presentations:

  • Workshop objectives (what will participants gain from this session) (250 words)
  • Workshop method(s) (250 words)
  • Description of how the workshop will address the theme of this year’s conference (250 words)
  • Description of the theoretical grounding of the workshop (250 words)
  • What did you learn from the reflection associated with your workshop (150 words)

Please be sure indicate the category (e.g. action research, research on action research, or workshop) and type of proposal (e.g. individual presentation, panel presentation, or poster session) you are submitting.

Proposal Deadline and Submission Process

Deadline for proposal submissions is Monday, November 14th, 2011. All proposals must be submitted online using the online form (the link to the form is provided below).

*Please note that once you start the online form, your work is saved ONLY if you access the link using the same computer AND if your browser allows cookies)

Review Process

A limited number of presentation spots are available. All proposals will be blind-reviewed by members of the Conference Planning Committee and Advisory Group and the first author will be notified of the committee’s decision by email no later than January 31, 2012. For the 2012 Conference, priority will be given to projects incorporating one or more of the following action research approaches:

  • Practitioner research
  • Collaborative action research
  • Lesson Study
  • Participatory action research
  • Community-based inquiry

Requirements if Accepted

  • Must be available on both event days, April 27th and April 28th, 2012.
  • All presenters must register and pay the registration fee for the Conference.
  • Travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the presenter(s).

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For questions or to get further information please contact:

Roni Nocon, Action Research Conference Consultant

Phone: 858-603-7245
Fax:      619-849-8143


Dr. Lonnie Rowell and Dr. Sandy Buzcynski, 2012 Conference Co-Chairs
Sarah Gleason, 2012 Conference Coordinator

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