ARNA

ACTION RESEARCH NETWORK OF THE AMERICAS

2024 HYBRID ANNUAL CONFERENCE

PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH IN COMMUNITY: TRANSFORMATIVE POSSIBILITIES WITH DR. JULIO CAMMAROTA AS KEYNOTE

EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

YPSILANTI, MICHIGAN & ONLINE AT ARNAWEBSITE.ORG

JUNE 7 & 8, 2024 WITH PRE-CONFERENCE COLLABORATIVE ACTION RESEARCH NETWORK CARN

STUDY DAY AT JUNE 6

ARNA Spotlight

Each month ARNA Spotlight will have a focus on the ARNA homepage. The Spotlight will highlight individuals and groups in our organization so our community can become more deeply acquainted with the energetic and valued action research involvement of each of us.

For this first Spotlight we invited the 2023 ARNA Award recipients to respond to the question:
What inspires you to continue to be involved in action research?

2023-21B Suzy Thomas

Suzy Thomas

Suzy Thomas & Aubrey Uresti

2023 ARNA Community Development Award

We have multiple sources of inspiration for our ongoing involvement in action research! These include our active engagement with ARNA since the inaugural conference in 2013 and our deep love of the ARNA community. We experience great joy in our role as Co-Chairs of the Action Research Communities (ARCs), highlighting the ARCs during the conferences and finding creative ways to facilitate ARC conversations about action research in the months between conferences.

We also teach about action research in our work with graduate students who are going into the field of school counseling, where action research principles support them in studying themselves in their own environment to improve their practice. We see action research as a powerful avenue for effecting change in meaningful ways that are aligned with our values and as a methodology that helps us to “walk our talk” in our own commitment to making a difference, enacting anti-racist teaching and counseling principles in our work, and being advocates for social justice.

Aubrey Uresti

Suzy Thomas & Aubrey Uresti

2023 ARNA Community Development Award

We have multiple sources of inspiration for our ongoing involvement in action research! These include our active engagement with ARNA since the inaugural conference in 2013 and our deep love of the ARNA community. We experience great joy in our role as Co-Chairs of the Action Research Communities (ARCs), highlighting the ARCs during the conferences and finding creative ways to facilitate ARC conversations about action research in the months between conferences.

We also teach about action research in our work with graduate students who are going into the field of school counseling, where action research principles support them in studying themselves in their own environment to improve their practice. We see action research as a powerful avenue for effecting change in meaningful ways that are aligned with our values and as a methodology that helps us to “walk our talk” in our own commitment to making a difference, enacting anti-racist teaching and counseling principles in our work, and being advocates for social justice.

Jean McNiff

Jean McNiff

2023 Eduardo Flores Leadership Award

From the Sage Research Methods website, Jean McNiff describes her concept of action research. As you read this, you can clearly see why she received the 2023 ARNA Eduardo Flores Leadership Award and how she stays involved.

Dave McPartlan

Dave McPartlan

2023 ARNA Promising Researcher

I was a teacher for over 35 years’ with the final 12 years as the pastoral lead in a large secondary comprehensive school in the north of England. I got the opportunity to pursue a PhD looking at a school mental health strategy through the eyes of the young people in the school. This action research project resulted in a way of working which promoted young people’s rights in school whilst also delivering an approach that benefitted the young people involved. Having now completed my PhD, I am now working with a number of school communities to develop my research as ‘youth led school improvement projects’.

These projects have the potential to shift the power balance in school and develop young people as action researchers and activists with the prospect of improving not only their own lives but those of their peers. My continued excitement as an action researcher comes from the knowledge that these projects have the potential to support young people to improve their own lives.

Mihald Makoii

Mihald Makoii

2023 ARNA Social Justice Award

As someone who has grown up with learning disabilities I immediately saw the importance of action research in engaging youth in education. What I have discovered, however, goes far beyond simply engaging youth. Before the 2022-23 school year, I lost my friend and roommate when he was struck by a drunk driver. I shared that story with the 8th graders in my social studies class, and they wanted to take action to help restore the loss and keep other people safe. While we worked with politicians to make physical changes to the street, the real impact of the action research project lived inside both the students and me.

We were unified, a bunch of scrappy action researchers co-creating a space that didn’t feel like normal school. As I start a new academic year at a new school, I’m excited to see how action research can help me transcend engagement and find something truly special in the classroom.

Click on each award to read the response

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