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From the Editors
When performing the preliminary work for the 2016 conference, the organizers chose an apt theme to guide the program: “Making a Difference: Action Research for a Change”. As such, they were determined to make certain it would not be “your typical conference”, but rather one driven by interaction and dialogue. Certainly the Knoxville site represented the crossroads of the Americas for just such discussion and drew presenters from across the two continents (and further afield). The published work, found below, also represents a crossroads of the many themes and research that were disseminated during this week in June, 2016. The speakers emerge from a great diversity of contexts and setting at the school, university, college, and workplace. Some stretch the boundaries of the Action Research methodology while others use it to enact change in their community. Alongside the papers shown below are a number of other formats that presenters chose to employ. One of the more novel venues was that of the PechaKucha Panel which proved to be a more fast-paced genre for the conference. Regardless of the format, we hope you find the enclosed proceedings both enlightening and thought-provoking as we collectively continue coming to grips with the many facets of Action Research.

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Past Proceedings

2015 – Toronto, Ontario, CAN
2014 – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Conference Reflections

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Dear Readers,

We appreciate you viewing the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) Conference Proceedings pages. The ARNA Proceedings are published following the ARNA annual conferences. The ARNA 2014 Conference Proceedings was the inaugural publication.

The Proceedings Editorial Team includes six members and works in collaboration with the members of the ARNA Coordinating Group. The ARNA Proceedings Editorial Team’s work is guided by the procedures that are reviewed and approved annually by the ARNA Coordinating Group. The ARNA mission and values for inclusivity, muti-vocality and diversity inform the Proceedings Editorial Team’s work and the publication of the Proceedings. The published ARNA Conferences’ Proceedings include manuscripts written in both English and Spanish languages and contributed by practitioners and researcher from all of the ARNA conference presentation categories (i.e., roundtable, poster, symposium, working group, workshop, paper presentations, and town hall meetings).

All manuscripts are reviewed for content, for accessibility by an international audience, and for adherence to the ARNA Proceedings manuscript preparation guidelines. The ARNA Proceedings use a single blind peer review process. All authors whose manuscripts are accepted for publication receive feedback about their submissions, through preliminary and secondary reviews conducted by both the members of the ARNA Proceedings Editorial Team and external reviewers. The published manuscripts reflect the original writing style of each author to honor author’s voice and expression as well as the unique contexts and settings represented in each author’s work.

The ARNA Proceedings Editorial Team members are grateful to the ARNA annual conference presenters for their interest in publishing their work in and contribution to the Proceedings. The Editorial Team members are especially thankful to authors for whom English is a second or additional language. The ARNA Proceedings Editorial Team’s work is inspired by our community of action researchers’ passion for action research; creativity; insightfulness; value of differences, diversity and dialogue; belief in change; dedication to building connections, and commitment to “creating the new architecture of knowledge.”

Our community continues growing. The ARNA Conference Proceedings processes and procedures will evolve and mature over time. We encourage you to get involved in the ARNA Proceedings’ life by serving as a member of the Editorial Team and/or an external reviewer. We also welcome your feedback. Please feel free to contact the members of the ARNA Proceedings Editorial Team.

We hope that you will enjoy reading and learning about the action research in which our colleagues are engaging, and will join us in the ongoing conversations about the role, definitions, history and meanings of action research within and across our diverse fields of research and communities of practice.


The ARNA Proceedings Editorial Team