San Diego Action Research Association (SDARA)
The San Diego Action Research Association (SDARA) was formed following the 2010 USD Action Research Conference. SDARA serves as a support team of USD faculty, alumni, and current graduate students interested in bringing awareness of action research to the local community and working to strengthen their knowledge and skills as action researchers. SDARA will reach out to teachers, counselors, and administrators in local schools and will help facilitate professional development through action research workshops and trainings. SDARA meets monthly to collaborate on current projects, to offer encouragement and support, and to discuss new and upcoming ideas. You can follow the work of SDARA by checking the current experiments page here in the SOLES AR web pages. If you have questions, would like to learn more about SDARA, or would like to get involved, please feel free to contact Dr. Nori Inoue or Dr. Lonnie Rowell.
CAL ARC is the Action Research Network for California school counselors, counselor educators, researchers, and graduate students. The collaborative selects 2-3 projects annually for support, mentoring, and sponsorship.
Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN)
CARN was founded in 1976 in order to continue the development work of the Ford Teaching Project in UK primary and secondary schools. Since that time it has grown to become an international network drawing its members from educational, health, social care, commercial, and public services settings. CARN aims to encourage and support action research projects (personal, local, national and international), accessible accounts of action research projects, and contributions to the theory and methodology of action research. CARN has learned that the quality of our work in the professions depends upon our willingness to ask questions of ourselves and others, and to explore challenging ideas and practices, including the values that underpin them. The Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) is committed to supporting and improving the quality of professional practice, through systematic, critical, creative inquiry into the goals, processes and contexts of professional work.
Japan Association of Action Research (JAAR)
The Japanese Association for Action Research (JAAR) was launched on September 11, 2003 as an organization for leading and advocating research-based actions. JAAR currently employs Soft System Methodologies (SSM) as the basic theoretical framework for action research. The focus of JAAR is to facilitate change, encourage and provide support to professionals using action research and contribute to improvement of professional practices. By providing educational activities, JAAR attempts to create opportunities to empower professionals using action research. In the process, JAAR has established a focus in the following three areas of activity; Study, Education, and Practice. The underlying belief is that the organic unity of individuals, groups of researchers, and current practitioners will shed light on fundamental issues that underlie a variety of real life problems that professionals encounter, as we explore the activities for practice improvement.