Educators Discuss Latest Trends in Action Research at 5th Annual Conference

More than 120 teachers, counselors, school administrators, college faculty and students will gather at the University of San Diego on May 16 and 17 to focus on action-based research in education.

The 5th Annual CS3 Symposium: Action Research in Education and Leadership is hosted by the School of Leadership and Education Sciences’ (SOLES) departments of Learning and Teaching and Leadership Studies, the Counseling Program and the university’s Center for Student Support Systems (CS3). The conference broadens the scope of the school’s commitment to action research as an effective tool for strengthening accountability in education. The Symposium will include projects completed in K-12 schools, as well as in higher education. More than 30 workshops will be offered on methodology in action research.

“Action research helps bridge the gap between research and practice in education,” said SOLES Professor Lonnie Rowell, Ph.D. “Schools using action research have found that a culture of inquiry can be established in which school staffs regularly look to the data - of student achievement, discipline, and school climate - to guide decision-making about curriculum and program changes to better serve pupils.”

Presenters from across the country and Japan will present the latest developments in the field. Action research applications offer a broad range of benefits from math, language and computer classes in K-12 education, as well as assisting school counselors in conducting program evaluations and assisting students in the transition from elementary to middle school.

A highlight of the conference is keynote speaker Bill Torbert, Ph.D., author of “Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership.” Tolbert, former dean of the Boston College School of Management, will lead two workshops on Friday and will deliver the keynote address on Saturday.

The conference, which was expanded this year, promises to deliver the most informative and engaging exploration of action research to date. Topics include:

- Challenges in bi-national action research

- Student motivation in mathematics

- Action research with second language learners

- Transition into middle school

- Program evaluation in school counseling

- Action research and character education programs

- Use of action research in managing school improvement in Japan

- Using focus groups to foster collective reflections on social justice

- Escuelas entre fronteras  - classrooms across borders

- Professors and students in joint action: Inquiry in the classroom and the workplace

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