The Action Learning & Action Research Legacy for Transforming Social Change: Individuals, Professionals, and Communities' Developments, Organizational Advancements, and Global Initiatives

Call for Proposals

We invite all faculty, staff, practitioners, alumnae, and current students, regardless of age as well as the general public to submit a proposal based on the 2018 World Congress theme of: The Action Learning Action Research Legacy for Transforming Social Change. The proposals must fall into one of five streams (Individuals, Professionals, Communities' Developments, Organizational Advancements, and Global Initiatives) and be one of the following: Papers, Symposium, Workshop, Poster. 

​Submission of Proposals for Paper / Symposium / Workshop / Poster Presentation

These proposals should be sent by email to secretary@alarassociation.org using the prescribed proposal submission form. Only proposals submitted on this form will be accepted. When completing the proposal form, please complete all information requested for the specific type of presentation. Proposals must be received no later than February 1, 2018.

Presentations can be:

Paper presentations: A 45-minute presentation will have about half of the time allocated for audience interaction. Presentations will be grouped together to form logical themes where possible.

Symposiums: These sessions will comprise three/four thematically related presentations that must be submitted as one unit. Each presentation will be allowed 15 mins, followed by 15-30 minutes (depending on number of papers) of facilitated discussion. (90 minutes)

Workshops: A workshop is an interactive session that is designed to ensure audience participation through activities intended to share the knowledge created by the research in question. (90 minutes)

Poster presentation: Graphic displays of action research projects, both in progress and completed, will allow the delegates to engage in dialogue with the researcher(s). Poster viewing will be allocated a specific time on the program but will be on display throughout the conference

Artistic displays: Music, visual art, drama, dance events that highlight issues relevant to the conference theme are welcome. These displays will be allocated space throughout the conference where appropriate.

The following review criteria will be used in assessing abstracts submitted:

  • Does the content cover new ideas or new ways of considering existing concepts, and is likely to stimulate and encourage the audience's involvement in discussion?
  • Is there a clear background and justified objective?
  • Is the methodology/study design appropriate for the objectives?
  • Are the results important and clearly presented?
  • Are the conclusions supported by the results?
  • Is the study original, and does it contribute to the conference theme?
  • Will the method of delivery engage and involve the audience in a way that is consistent with the content and concepts of the proposal?

Conference Streams

AL/AR Experiences of Individuals:  This stream will focus on the legacy for transforming social change based on the accounts of emerging models of AL/AR shaping the experiences of individuals. Use of approaches that take into account critical insight of reflexive change agent models of inquiries such as reflective learning, experiential learning, action learning, action research, appreciative inquiry, reflective practice inquiry, learning history inquiry, living theory inquiry will also be considered.
 
AL/AR Experiences of Professionals: This stream will focus on the anecdotal significance of transformational change that supports the development of stakeholders, practitioners, citizens, and the wider ecology. Use of approaches that take into account the significance of collaborative AL/AR such as participatory research, participatory action research (PAR), collaborative inquiry, cooperative inquiry, reflective practice inquiry, participatory evaluation, participatory monitoring, and evaluation inquiry will also be considered.

AL/AR for Communities' Developments: This stream will focus on the legacy of social and community development for transformational change initiatives. The stream includes the use of AL/AR with citizens and stakeholders, in advocacy and gendered approaches, public service, democratic actions, and for change within health and/or welfare systems. Use of approaches that take into account wider ecologies will also be included, such as community-based participatory research, clinical inquiry research, PAR, participatory monitoring and evaluation inquiry, and learning history inquiry.

AL/AR for Organizational Advancements: This stream will focus on the systemic legacy for transforming social change that supports the flourishing of stakeholders, citizens, organizations/institutions, education, higher education administration, technological innovations, and the wider ecology. Use of approaches that take into account a wide range of ways of knowing such as action learning/action research in organizational design, process management, systems thinking, clinical inquiry research, dialogical action learning, evaluative inquiry, collaborative management research, and organizational development will also be included.

AL/AR for ​Global Initiatives: ​This stream will focus on building our global legacy to transform our world of practice that supports the flourishing of knowledge democracy, democratic governance, and human rights. Other areas for considerations include conserving the environment and resources of nations and the world, the stakeholders, the citizenry, social and political institutions, terrorism and homeland security management, and the wider ecology. Use of approaches that take into account capacity building initiatives of practitioners, advocacy groups, and public affairs will also be considered. It will include approaches such as action learning/action research, process management, systems thinking, dialogical action learning, action science, appreciative inquiry, participatory monitoring and evaluation inquiry, collaborative management research, participatory action research, collaborative inquiry, cooperative inquiry, and learning history inquiry. 

WC Theme Cyclical Concept Map

 

 

 

 

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