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BCTR at the CU Action Research Conference

December 17, 2012

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BCTR faculty affiliates Davydd Greenwood and Leonardo Vargas-Méndez convened the Cornell University Action Research Conference on December 5, 2012. Jamila Walida Simon and Jennifer Tiffany attended on behalf of the BCTR, along with a number of BCTR faculty affiliates.

Jennifer Tiffany (left) and Davydd Greenwood (center) at the conference

During the morning session on “Institutionalization of Action Research” members of the editorial board of the Action Research Journal shared interests, expertise, and ideas with Cornell graduate students, staff, faculty and local community members. The afternoon session focused on “Best Practices in Action Research” and was a collaborative examination of work done in teaching, environmental planning, health care, international development, and other settings, with a special focus on the work done at Tompkins-Tioga-Seneca BOCES, Cooperative Extension, the Ithaca School District, and various local social service agencies.

The event built on strategic planning meetings held earlier in the week, marking the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Action Research Journal. Editorial board members Hilary Bradbury-Huang (Oregon Health and Sciences University), Mary Brydon-Miller (University of Cincinnati), Maria Teresa Castillo-Burguete (CINVESTAV, Mexico), Victor Friedman (Ruppin Institute, Israel), Patricia Gaya (University of Bristol, UK), Svante Lifvergren (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden), Ernie Stringer (Curtin University of Technology, Australia), and Davydd Greenwood (Cornell University) worked to set the journal’s course for the coming ten years. The key element of the strategic plan that emerged was the concept of “ARJ+” in which the journal will serve as an anchor for a larger initiative that includes extensive use of social media to foster discussion of issues raised in the journal, conferences, and other kinds of support networks to promote action research in a wider variety of settings.

The conference was sponsored by Cornell’s Public Service Center, Engaged Learning + Research/Engaged Cornell, and the Cornell Participatory Action Research Network (CPARN).


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