The University of San Diego to Host Action Research Conference

Conference to be held May 14-15 at the School for Leadership and Education Sciences

The 7th Annual Action Research Conference will take place at the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) through the Center for Student Support Systems (CS3) along with the Department of Learning and Teaching, the Department of Leadership Studies, and the Counseling Program from May 14-15, 2010. The conference, "Empowerment and Action Research: Personal Growth, Professional Development and Social Change in Educational and Community Settings” will discuss research findings from current studies by practitioners, faculty and graduate students as well as the use of action research in education, business, and community organizations.

The conference, which in years past has attracted hundreds of researchers, faculty, school administrators, school counselors, teachers and graduate students from around the United States, is one of the few conferences in the nation that addresses action research for the betterment of schools and communities.

Jack Whitehead, PhD, visiting Fellow at the University of Bath and a leading authority in the field of Action Research will deliver the keynote address. Whitehead will speak on global networks supporting improved practices in education.

Sessions at the conference will include a presentation from the Binational Action Research Collaborative (BARC) on how to empower cross-cultural understanding through collaborative action research, as well as a discussion on how action research can empower the educational community. Participants will have opportunities to work with peers in breakout sessions throughout the two-day conference.

Sponsors of the event include The Parker Foundation, USD Department of Learning and Teaching, USD School Counseling Program, Center for Student Support Systems, USD Department of Leadership Studies and the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN).

To register for the conference or to see the conference’s detailed agenda, please click here.

CARN will also hold a study day on Thursday, May 13. This is the first study day ever held in the U.S. Whitehead, along with a limited number of conference participants, will visit project sites currently engaged in conducting action research. The site visits include interaction with practitioners utilizing action research to address strengthening practice. The study day concludes with the Action Research Conference pre-conference seminar at which Whitehead will facilitate a discussion of action research and empowerment.

About CS3: The Center for Student Support Systems at SOLES is committed to strengthening the practice of school counseling through research, professional development, and student support program development and evaluation. CS3 works with K-12 counselors, teachers, and school leaders in California to improve guidance and counseling at the school site and district levels to improve California’s schools. CS3 is a national leader in the development and use of action research in school counseling and provides consultation to schools and school districts wishing to improve practice through the use of action research.

About CARN: CARN was founded in the UK 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.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.