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A. Action Research Networks

Action Research is a collaborative process. It is always done with people not on them. But it is also helpful to interact with other action research colleagues as you work through your process. Here is links to networks that can help you find colleagues to work with.

1) The Action Research Network of the Americas is a new and rapidly growing community that supports many working groups that you may want to join.

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2) The Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) was established in 1975, CARN has been a guiding force in the development of action research in Europe and other parts of the world.
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3) The American Educational Research Assoc, Special Interest Group in Action Research is another very good community to join. They have
been working hard to develop the community of action research within AERA, the world's largest association of educational researchers.
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4) The PRACTITIONER-RESEARCHER hosts a lively discussion board described as for "UK educators and researchers" but they welcome members from all around the world who share their action research concerns, stories and approaches.

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5) The Latin American Center for Service Learning CLAYSS, founded in 2002 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, contributes to "the growth of a fraternal and participative culture in Latin America through the development of educational social engagement projects".
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6) Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) Established in 1982, PRIA (Participatory Research in Asia) is a global centre for participatory research and training based in New Delhi. PRIA has field offices in 8 states and linkages with 3000 NGOs to deliver its programmes on the ground.

8) The Big Tent Group consists of a number of global networks for participatory research and university-community engagement. Established in 2010, the group is focused on sharing information and calling for further action to enhance community-university engagement. A series of discussions across the networks have been held and have been framed as 'Big Tent' dialogues. ARNA became a part of this process in May of 2013.
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The following groups are included:
  • Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI)
  • Global Alliance on Community Engaged Research (GACER)
  • Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA)
  • Living Knowledge Network
  • PASCAL International Observatory
  • Talloires Network
  • Community Network for Research Equity & Impact
  • Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA)
  • Asia Pacific University Community Engagement Network
  • Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisciplinarios
  • Commonwealth Universities Extension and Engagement Network
  • Community Campus Partnerships for Health

University Sponsored Networks

1) University-Community Partnership for Social Action Research (UCP-SARnet) is a growing network of above 1400 students, university faculties, community activists, and governmental officials engaged in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in 75 countries. UCP-SARnet is dedicated to the education of the next generation of community leaders by compiling and housing an interactive online library of resources and facilitating cross-sector collaborations, networking and multicultural dialogues.
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2) The Center for Collaborative Action Research website at Pepperdine University and this wiki ( also are a way to be involved and membership is open and free. A concise description of action research can be found there with links to action research reports

3) Jack Whitehead shares the Living Theory Network with the action research of his graduate students from his work at University of Cumbria, UK
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4) Action Research and Action Learning by Bob Dick from the Southern Cross University

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B. Tools:

1) Collaboration: Many of you will already be in a degree program and you will have others who can serve as critical friends. If you are working alone, you might find it helpful to invite a few friends to work with you in an action research learning circle. See for a description of the model and for ideas on now to organize an action research learning circle.

2) Books and Journals: If you are in a program, you will be working with a number of texts but if not, and you are looking for books to direct your activities, there is a listing of action research books on the American Educational Research Assoc, Special Interest Group in Action Research.

3) An Encyclopedia of Action Research was recently published with David Coglan and Mary Brydon-Miller as the editors. You can see videos of both of them discussing action research and this new book.

4) The Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research edited by Lonnie Rowell, Cathy Bruce, Joseph Shosh, and Margaret Riel, was published in Dec 2017 and provides an examination of the history of action research worldwide and provides information about the communities that have formed over time.
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5) The web is a great source for finding articles about action research. Try using google scholar as your search engine and then look for action research + your area of interest. Many of the sites listed above and Tutorial 2 resources have links to action research reports. Reading this can be helpful as you plan your own experiences.

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