NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
LOW ROAD TO HIGHLANDER – An Editorial
Posted August 12, 2019
By Kurt W. Clausen
Canadian Journal of Action Research Volume 19, Issue 3, 2018, pages 1-4
It’s amazing how a bright fire, once extinguished, can make everything seem all the darker for a moment. Such was the case with the recent attack on the Tennessee icon of participatory action research, Highlander Research and Education Center.
Back in 2016, attendees at the annual conference of the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) were extended the invitation to take a tour of the Center, and many international visitors were happy to learn of its work and history, dating back almost 90 years. It had originated as the Highlander Folk School, co-founded in 1932 at Mounteagle, Tennessee by the activist educators Myles Horton and Don West, and the Methodist minister James Dombrowski. Highly influenced by the folk school movement of Denmark,Highlander’s mission soon went beyond the bounds of regular adult education…
STATEMENT FROM THE ACTION RESEARCH NETWORK OF THE AMERICAS RE: HIGHLANDER RESEARCHER & EDUCATION CENTER
Posted April 4, 2019, 9:44 pm EST
ARNA’s 2016 conference in Knoxville, Tennessee was enriched by its partnership with the Highlander Research and Education Center and its 87-year history of participatory action research and education for social justice and action.
On March 29, the Administration Building at Highlander was destroyed by fire, and arson is suspected. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but many important historical documents and records were lost forever. A “White Power” symbol was found nearby, and investigations are ongoing. Fortunately, Highlander’s Archives in Madison, Wisconsin, are safe.
Those attending the 2016 CARN Study Day at Highlander sampled its unique methodology of participatory learning and change, and others at the conference learned about Highlander’s role in grassroots organizing and movement building, not only in the South but in other parts of the U.S. and the larger world as well. However, Highlander’s remarkable contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, worker education, and multiple other critical social issues were often accompanied by threats to its very existence, including direct assaults on staff and Highlander’s facilities. We are reminded, for example, of the actions taken by southern white segregationists against Highlander’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement, actions that resulted in closure of Highlander and confiscation of its property in Monteagle, Tennessee in 1962. History may have repeated just a few days ago. Included below is a special communication recently issued by Highlander’s leadership.
We don’t know for certain whether or not the tragic fire at Highlander was a result of arson or that the damage was done by hate groups. We do know, however, that hate group crimes are on the rise in America and in other parts of the world. We also know that Highlander has endured such crimes against person and property in the past, and that it will continue in its efforts to bring about social justice, equality and fairness in our diverse society. As co-founder Myles Horton said after the 1962 raid on Highlander by State officials, “You can padlock a facility, but you can’t padlock an idea.”
More information about the Highlander Center is available at https://www.highlandercenter.org/. New York Times news coverage of the fire may be accessed at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/03/us/civil-rights-center-fire.html.
Please help us ensure that Highlander remains a sanctuary for social justice by rebuilding with us through your donation at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1417777.
John Peters, 2016 ARNA Conference Chair, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Lonnie Rowell, Initiator & Founding Chair, Executive Committee
Joseph Shosh, Initiator & Chair, Executive Committee
Margaret Riel, Initiator & Chair, STAR ARC
Cathy Bruce, Initiator & Coordinating Group
Rich McPherson, Web & Media Chair
Holly Marich, Memberships & Sponsorships Chair
Nathan Snyder, Treasurer
Janel Seeley, Knowledge Mobilization Chair
Posted March 10, 2019, 9:34 am EST
As we continue to accept proposals until April 15th, register now for our 7th Annual Conference in Montreal, Québec, Canada. Hosted at McGill University, our team is working hard to bring to you another powerful conference around the theme of: Repoliticizing P/AR: From Action Research to Activism. We can’t wait to see you there and more information about travel and accommodations will be posted shortly.
Posted November 26, 2018, 12:27 PM
We are so excited to announce that the call for submissions to ARNA’s 7th annual conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada are now open! Please use the Google Form linked here to submit your proposal. We look forward to seeing them!
VISIT https://arnawebsite.org/call-for-proposals/ for more information on themes and types of presentations.
STATEMENT REGARDING CHILDREN, FAMILIES & IMMIGRATION POLICY
Posted June 30, 2018, 9:07 AM
The Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) joins other professional, scholarly and activist organizations in our commitment to just immigration policies, a decriminalization of those seeking asylum and the immediate reunification of immigrant families that have been torn apart at the border. ARNA is gravely concerned about the state of the more than 2300 children who have been separated from their parents and remain in custody housed in shelters away from their families.
ARNA stands with those who are deeply concerned about challenges to the health and well-being of immigrant families and the need for developing immigration policies that are humane and in the best interests of children and families. We stand in solidarity with those core values that have developed over the course of our history that respect the dignity and worth of all people and that recognize that our institutions must evolve and respond in ways that maintain what is best in a vibrant democratic society.
Therefore, ARNA joins with civil rights groups and professional medical and educational associations in demanding that these children, parents and other family members be reunited as quickly as possible to minimize any long-term harm to their mental and physical health; and in demanding the decriminalization of asylum seeking. We assert the clear need for children and families to be assessed for and receive any needed mental or physical health care by qualified health care professionals. Furthermore, ARNA believes that a participatory research agenda – shaped by the wisdom, wounds and desires of members of the most affected communities – must be generated to investigate the impact of these policies on immigrant children, families, social workers, volunteers, health care practitioners, and educators. It is important to hold our federal government accountable for the individual, cultural, racial and community level impacts from this failed policy.
Who is ARNA?
The Action Research Network of the Americas is an organization dedicated to advancing knowledge democracy and participatory, action-based research approaches in support of those most in need throughout the Americas and around the world. ARNA stands ready to assist in supporting local, trans-local and trans-national participatory research to investigate the impact of these policies. Our goal in doing this is to provide information to policy makers, activists, community members and young people in the next generation, to document the profound impact of this painful moment in our national history, to honor the struggles of those who worked so hard to seek asylum, to hold government accountable, to teach this history, to liberate buried stories of pain and survival, and to develop informed and humane policies that are aligned with our core values of justice and due process in a democratic society.
ARNA stands firmly beside those who are most marginalized in the Americas even as we continue to fight for our own endangered democracy. Throughout the Americas ARNA members collaborate in solidarity with communities resisting state violence, colonization, and “child snatching” practices.
If you would like more information about this topic, please call Lonnie Rowell at 619-850-5288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WELCOME TO #ARNA2018
Posted June 28, 2018, 8:28 AM
Today is the day! Welcome to all who are joining us in San Diego for ARNA’s 6th annual conference. We are so excited to see you all and learn about what you have been doing in your communities of research. Information about presentations, locations, abstracts, etc., can be found through the Conferences page (by clicking the menu above). For quick reference, here are a few important links for while you are here:
Make sure to tag us, tweet at us (@ARNAresearch) on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #ARNA2018 while you are here to share your learning! Enjoy your time!
NMSU retired associate professor recognized for teacher education efforts in Mongolia
Posted June 6, 2018, 9:16 AM
Candace Kaye, a retired associate professor in the New Mexico State University College of Education, recently received an honorary doctorate from the Mongolian National University of Education, along with a prestigious award from the Mongolian government’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
Kaye, who is an affiliated graduate faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the College of Education, received the recognition May 10 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. From 2010 to 2011, Kaye served as a Teaching and Research U.S. Fulbright Scholar at MNUE’s College of Preschool Education. Since then, Kaye has returned to Mongolia for six to eight weeks annually to teach graduate classes in action research methodology and academic writing for publication; to give lectures and consult on a variety of teacher education topics; and to conduct and publish collaborative research. As MNUE scholars continue to move toward global recognition of their research, Kaye serves as a university-invited mentor for three MNUE-selected scholars to support submission and publication of their manuscripts in highly ranked English-language journals.
Kaye is the first person from the U.S. to receive the honorary doctorate from Mongolian National University of Education, and is the first foreigner to receive the Science Leader Award from the Mongolian Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The award is the highest level of honor given by the ministry. In 2016, she was presented with the National Golden Star Medal by the Association of Mongolian Women Scholars.
“As I say so often since my first visit to MNUE, I have found my heart home here,” Kaye said during her acceptance speech before 100 government dignitaries and MNUE faculty and students. “As scholars and academic friends we share the same goal – to pursue excellence while creating opportunities and making a difference in the lives of our students and also through our own research. This extreme honor inspires me even further to continue to explore opportunities with my MNUE colleagues.”
Established in 1951, Mongolian National University is a public university and is responsible for 98 percent of professional educator undergraduate and graduate programs in Mongolia.
Kaye has authored several articles and books with colleagues at Mongolian National University, including co-editing and authoring two chapters in the recent textbook, “Foundations and strategies and applications for teaching young children with special needs,” published by Mongolian National Press. NMSU College of Education faculty members Lynn Bagwell and Randa Keeley wrote invited chapters for the textbook, which is the first to be written and published collaboratively as a Mongolian-English bilingual publication. It was presented during a national book launch while Kaye was at MNUE this month.
10th Annual Conference for Research in Education
Posted April 12, 2018, 10:47 AM
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
We warmly invite you to join us for our 10th Annual Conference, on 27th September 2018, at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire UK. With a focus on Social Justice in Troubling Times, it promises to be a rich and relevant conference, and provide an opportunity for people to engage and debate around this important issue. Social Justice is a broad term, interpreted in many ways, and as such, the conference should be of interest to practitioners and scholars in many practice situations and contexts. We also hope to produce a Special Issue of Educational Action Research which will include some of the conference papers. Details can be found here: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/education/faculty-of-education/research-education/conference-2018/
The call for papers can be found here: https://edgehill.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/acre-2018-paper-submission-copy
We would be very grateful if you could circulate this email to colleagues in your institutions, and your other networks.
Mary and Vicky, Conference Convenors
Posted March 17, 2018, 8:41 AM
Our good friends at CARN (Collaborative Actions Research Network) are hosting their annual conference from October 25 – 27 in Manchester, United Kingdom. You can learn more about this event through their website at https://carnconference.wordpress.com
The Call for Contributions Deadline is May 14th, 2018.
REGISTER TODAY & WIN AN iPAD!
Posted March 12, 2018, 9:28 AM
Register between March 12 and April 9, 2018 to join us in San Diego and be entered into a draw to win a brand new Apple iPad! Winner must be attending the conference and will receive their prize in San Diego.
Please visit the link below, a call for videos for the first edition of the Participatory Video Festival for social sciences, 8-9 May 2018 in Ghent. The Festival’s aim is to push the PV agenda and learn from the most innovative and relevant video-using trends in- and outside academia; in participatory action research, visual ethnography, visual arts, activism, advocacy work and so on.
This is a call for papers for a special issue of the journal International Review of Qualitative Research on the topic of participatory action research (PAR). We are looking for innovative papers that address a broad range of topics focusing on PAR as a research methodology, but including controversies and ethical challenges, social justice issues, work with Indigenous peoples and other populations, PAR in different countries and contexts, and the roles of research participants. Readers of this journal come from a broad range of backgrounds as qualitative researchers and our hope here is to provide them with a sense of the multitude of ways in which PAR is being carried out to address critical problems from around the world. We ask that papers provide a definition of PAR, describe the PAR methods you use in some detail, and show how your work benefits communities and organizations. We ask that you submit a 1-2 page summary of your paper by March 31. Invitations for submissions of full manuscripts will be sent by April 30, 2018 with final drafts due by December 31, 2018.
Dear members of ARNA,
We invite you to submit papers to a special track titled: Making a Difference: Action Research and Engaged Scholarship in Projects and Innovation
Making a difference with action research and engaged scholarship in projects and innovations goes hand in hand with the overall EURAM 2018 theme ‘research in action’. Action research involves close cooperation between practitioners and researchers to bring about sustainable change. Engaged scholarship has a broader perspective as a participative form of research for obtaining different perspectives of key stakeholders in studying complex problems. Action research and engaged scholarship offer a grand opportunity to address key challenges in project management in a novel and constructive way. This track calls for papers involving action research, collaborative research, design research, co-creation of knowledge and beyond.
Full papers are due by Janury 10 2018
The following message is from Nathan Snyder. Please see message and links below.
Dear ARNA Community-
I am inviting you to participate in a Delphi study designed to identify the unique characteristics of the pedagogical method, flipped learning, from those who use it and advocate for its use, including secondary-level and college-level teachers. If you agree to participate, you will be asked to clarify what pedagogical attributes should be associated with flipped learning to coalesce educators’ understanding of its use. The goal of this effort is to operationalize what is meant by flipped learning and to identify its features, through analysis of experts’ opinions, that lead to successful implementation of its use in the classroom.
If you wish to be considered as a participant, please complete the brief demographic questionnaire located at:
Below, I’ve provided more details about the time commitment and scope of the study.
Thank you for your consideration,
We have two exciting announcements regarding Special Issues:
First, the Editors of Educational Action Research Journal are calling for the submission of high quality manuscripts to be considered for publication in a Special Issue on Lesson Learning Studies.
Please find attached full details.
Extended abstracts of approximately 1000 words are due on 24 October 2017.
Submit to: email@example.com
Second, we are putting out a call for Special Issue on other topics. We are asking for proposals for Special Issues on a topic of the proposed editor’s choice. If you would like to edit a Special Issue please email Melanie.RussellSmith@nottingham.ac.uk your proposal which needs to include: a CV of the editor, the proposed topic and suggestions for article topics and editors.
For the latest articles in Educational Action Research Journal see: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/reac20/current
For guidelines on manuscript submission please see: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=reac20&page=instructions
Thanks and best wishes
Journal Editorial Administrator
Educational Action Research
School of Education
University of Nottingham
A81, Dearing Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB