Speaking at AR Conference in San Diego – May 12-14, 2011

The Author

E. Alana James

E. Alana James

Dr E Alana James is reinventing herself again! Coming full circle to the first love of her life - art - and bringing back to her images all the lessons of her life as author, researcher, academic and wife. Concerned mostly with the idea of images as vehicles for expression of the truth of our inner and outer life experience.

Alana will be speaking on action research next at the AR conference in San Diego, at the “School of Leadership and Education Sciences SOLES” conference from May 12-15th.  According the schedule, in addition to having fun with the Magical Mystery Tour of sites doing AR on the 11th she will be part of a panel.  Going solo she will present both a paper and a workshop, both of which outlined below.

 

Presentation – Ongoing Meta-analysis: Where is the action in action research?

The early literature on action research distinguished it from contemporary research methodologies because AR takes action towards a desired outcome and measures the result. Thus AR has been traditionally touted as a way to make a difference, to call to the front the unheard voice and to increase democratic principles by shining a light on areas where power and influence diminish inclusion or even heighten oppression. But is that really true? Does our literature have the effect in the world that we want it to have? The purpose of this presentation is to questions whether and to what extent the current literature using AR methodology lives up to these ideals. Dr James reports on an ongoing meta-analysis of AR literature and discusses it in light of the Kemmis (2006) call for greater practical and emancipatory outcomes to our work and in our fields of study.

Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss and evolve the current meta-analysis review of action research literature. Kemmis (2006) called on us to reach beyond our focus on technique, improving efficiencies, policy, professionalism, and acting alone towards addressing the broader practical questions of our world. But are we doing that? How can AR become a more potent force within the research methodology? Within our fields of study? Within our communities? What small changes in focus could magnify our results?

Building on the results of the beginning meta-analysis of work using AR across fields, Dr. James will invite participants to discuss literature, place it in context and make suggestions as to how we can improve its efficacy. The proposed outcome for this workshop would be that as a group we will develop a call to action for our peers – one that can be written up and published across action research listserves and groups in international settings.

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss and evolve current action research literature. Dr. James will invite participants to discuss readings and make suggestions as to how we can improve its efficacy. The proposed outcome would be that as a group we will develop a call to action for our peers.

The attached is the article that forms the base for the presentation.