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7th Annual Action Research Conference May 14-15, 2010 · University of San Diego

Call for Proposals 2010 Action Research Conference Theme: Empowerment and action research: Personal growth, professional development, and social change in educational and community settings. The ‘family’ of action research includes a diverse collection of orientations and methods related to personal growth, professional development, and social change. A common feature in all the orientations is empowerment. Although the term can be used in quite a clichéd manner, this year’s conference will approach authentic empowerment both as a practice and as an aspiration. In this regard, we draw from Paulo Freire’s assertion that “hope needs practice in order to become historical concreteness.” In essence, in our view, empowerment is about the ‘invention’ of a genuine democratic practice for the 21st century and the relationship of such a practice to a wide variety of social sectors and domains, including education, community life, cultural expression, the world of work, health and wellness, and economic and political structures. Hence, this year’s USD-SOLES Action Research Conference takes up the theme of empowerment in action research at the personal, professional, and political levels.

Proposals are due Monday, February 8, 2010 according to the following guidelines: Requirements if Accepted ƒ Must be available on both event days, May 14th and May 15th, 2010 (presentation will be scheduled according to the planning committee’s discretion). NOTE: Presenters will be notified if they need to expand or condense the length of their presentation based on the final event schedule. ƒ All presenters must register and pay the registration fee for the Conference. ƒ Travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the presenter. Indicate a Presentation Format ƒ Individual presentation (to be grouped by the conference organizers on a thematically related panel) ƒ Workshop (on action research methodologies) ƒ Poster session (in-progress or completed action research projects) Proposal Submission Prepare an abstract of 300-400 words for individual presentations, or 600-1000 words for symposia or workshops addressing: ƒ Objectives of the project or the paper. ƒ Rationale for the project or the paper. ƒ Significance of the project or the paper. ƒ Methods of the project.* ƒ Data, sources of evidence.* ƒ Results of the project.* * Required only for empirical reports. USD-SOLES Action Research Conference Call for Proposals – 12/01/09

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Proposal Deadline and Submission Process ƒ Deadline for proposal submissions is Monday, February 8, 2010. ƒ Proposals should be sent electronically to: Angelina Gonzalez, CS3 Center Manager, at, as an MS Word document or PDF file. Please indicate the names of all presenters, affiliations, and email addresses in your proposal. Review Process A limited number of presentation spots are available. All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Planning Committee and the first author will be notified of the committee’s decision by email no later than March 10, 2010. For questions or to get further information please contact: Lea Garza Action Research Conference Event Coordinator Phone: 619-260-7708 Fax: 619-849-8143 Email: .

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