CEDAR CITY, UTAH, USA  |  JUNE 28-30 2022


*** Deadline Extended to April 15 ***

Conference Theme
Expanding the Frontiers of ARNA: History, Possibilities, and New Actions

“I research because I notice things, take cognizance of them…I research so as to know what I do not yet know and to communicate and proclaim what I discover.”  Paolo Freire

The 2022 ARNA Conference team invites submissions from individuals and groups who want to share their work using action research. We encourage proposals from all disciplines, and in languages other than English.

In keeping with the theme, we encourage proposals aligned with the following 4 Strands:

  • Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)
  • Teacher Practitioner Research
  • Social Justice
  • Knowledge Democracy


NOTE: While we are planning on a face-to-face conference, we recognize that circumstances may prevent or limit in-person gatherings. Regardless, we will have an online component to the conference for those who cannot travel as well as for those who wish to present at a distance. In your Proposal, please indicate whether you wish to present in-person, online, or both.

Submission Procedure & Deadlines

The Conference team for the 2022 Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) Conference in Cedar City, UT is calling for abstract submissions. To present at the conference your proposal will go through a double-blind peer review. A rubric is available on the ARNA 2022 website for reference as you prepare the proposal. Upon payment of registration fees, your accepted presentation at the conference will be confirmed.

  • November 15, 2021: Early Bird Abstract Submission 
  • April 1, 2022: Final Deadline for Abstract Submission *** Deadline Extended to April 15 ***
  • April 30, 2022: All presenters confirmed 
  • May 15, 2022: Presenters’ conference registrations due

Types of Proposals

Presentations will be organized in 90 minute blocks using the following formats:

“Round Table” Paper Presentation Sessions

  • Either 3 or 4 paper presentations. The Conference Committee will group papers and assign a Moderator for each session.
  • Presentation time for each paper and questions is as follows:
    • 25 minutes for each paper and 5 minutes in between
    • 15 minutes for each paper and 5 minutes in between

Panel Sessions

  • Each panel discussion can accommodate up to 5 people. Panelists should identify a Chair for the session.
  • A panel session is recommended for presentations based on research in progress or a more general thematic discussion of work in one or several related areas,  such as discussions of community action research initiatives, publicizing action research, or action research in a particular field (e.g., medicine; social services). 
  • Panel participants may want to distribute handouts online prior to the presentation.

 Workshop Sessions

  • Workshop sessions will include facilitators and participants.
  • Unless otherwise approved, workshop sessions will be a 90 minute period (presenters can request more time in the proposal).
  • The workshop session should provide an interactive learning experience.
  • The proposal will outline learning outcomes, strategies for workshop engagement, and workshop capacity.

Poster Sessions

  • Two poster sessions of 90 minutes each will be held on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Poster proposals will include a visual summary of the presenter’s study that includes the Problem/Concern, Research Question(s), Method, Findings, and Conclusions and Next Steps.
  • Presentations can use physical or electronic media. Physical posters should not exceed dimensions of 3’ x 5’.

General Proposal Submission Guidelines

Proposals will be submitted using this Google Form

Read the Submission Reviewer’s Rubric

PLEASE NOTE: Paper Presentations may be proposed individually or as a group. If the submission is a proposal from a group, then a contact member of the group should be identified. Sessions can be presented in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French. Preferred language should be indicated in the submission. A session organizer who is submitting but not presenting may act as chair and/or discussant.

Paper proposals will follow this general format: 

  • Briefly outline the research and action aims of your work and the presentation 
  • Explain what has been done to achieve the aims of the action and/or research (e.g., methodology, theoretical framework and methods) and the progress made (or goals you have set) towards research and action aims (e.g., findings, results, outputs, program changes, community action changes, events, or perspective changes)  

Panel proposals should first describe research in progress or more general thematic discussions of work in one particular area or several. The proposal will then describe how the panel will be structured, identify any target participant group, and describe how the audience will be included for questions.

Workshop proposals should describe the overall aims/objectives of the workshop; the structure of the workshop (including a general flow of activities); workshop capacity and the target participant group (ex.  Community Based Organizations, New Action Researchers, educators/teachers), if it is not designed for a general audience of action-researchers.

Poster Proposals should provide an Abstract of the project or research conducted, then Problem/Concern, Research Question(s), Method, Findings, and Conclusions and Next Steps.

Incomplete Proposals will be returned to the submitter!

Please remember to use the form to submit your proposal, and read the rubric that will be used to review your submission.

Thank you!