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New Book Chapter by SPF Board Member

A chapter by SPF Board President Lonnie Rowell is included in the newly published Wiley Handbook of Action Research in Education edited by Craig A. Mertler (2019).  Rowell’s chapter examines rigor in educational action research in the larger context of education research. Beginning with the understanding that essentially rigor is simply the quality of being extremely ...

New Publication by SPF Board Members

Two SPF Board members published an article regarding the importance of practitioner research. Abstract: We discuss democratizing knowledge production and dissemination in education illustrated in two parts that challenge the current knowledge monopoly. Our discourse includes (a) problematic cultivation of the status quo in the hierarchy of knowledge value in the U.S. as a component of ...

SPF Board President Completes Speaking Tour

SPF Board President Lonnie Rowell recently completed a speaking tour of six universities in England. Rowell spoke on the theme “knowledge democracy and educational action research” at Edge Hill University (Ormskirk), Liverpool Hope University (Liverpool), University of Nottingham, University of Northampton, University of Cumbria (Lancaster), and Cambridge University. His talks were based on his work ...

SPF Board President Chairs International Conference

Lonnie Rowell, SPF Board President, chaired the 6th Annual Conference of the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) from June 28-30 at the University of California, San Diego. The conference included more than 100 presentations by action researchers, participatory action researchers, and practitioner-researchers from around the world and throughout the Americas. SPF was a ...

Two-language publication initiative

Social Publishers Foundation now accepts submissions in German, Portuguese, and Spanish, in addition to English. When the editorial process for a non-English submission is completed, the report will be published in two languages: the Non-English version and the English version. The initiating non-English reviewers are:  Elia Fernández-Díaz, University of Cantabria, Cantabria, Spain, Spanish Reviewer  Katharina Heissenberger, ...

New sponsorship by Educational Action Research Journal

Social Publishers Foundation (SPF) is pleased to announce that Educational Action Research: An International Journal (EARJ) has become an SPF sponsor. EARJ Coordinating Editor Dr. Andrew Townsend of the University of Nottingham, England, initiated the sponsorship as a way to show support for the Foundation’s work in promoting practitioner-research. EARJ is a peer-reviewed Journal published five times ...

SPF FORMS NEW PARTNERSHIP TO ENHANCE SHARING OF PRACTITIONER RESEARCH

The Social Publishers Foundation (SPF) announces the establishment of a partnership with a university in Lincolnshire, a county in the East Midlands area of England. Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) was founded in 1862 and has roots as a teacher training college. It now offers a range of courses in education, business, psychology, sociology, sports, theology, ...

SPF Welcomes a New Member of the Advisory Board

Antony Luby is a Senior Lecturer in Teacher Development with Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, United Kingdom. During the last 30 years he has taught in a variety of settings including secondary schooling and higher education. Antony holds Masters degrees in educational research and theology from the Universities of Oxford, Strathclyde and Aberdeen. Awarded a Fellowship ...

SPF Funds Collaborative Action Research Grant

The Social Publishers Foundation announced today that it has selected the inaugural grant of the new Rowell Collaborative Action Research fund. The first grant is for a project in Fremont, California. The project involves collaboration between a School Counselor-in-Training, a high school Career & College Specialist, and an English Language Specialist in organizing and providing ...

SPF Knowledge Base adds first project from the United Kingdom

Social Publishers Foundation President Lonnie Rowell announced today that a school-based practitioner research project from England has been added to the foundation’s knowledge base. The project, completed by a primary school teacher in the town of Bawtry, which is in South Yorkshire, England, focused on involving parents and students in re-visioning and re-organizing the school’s ...

SPF President Leads International Handbook Project

SPF President Lonnie Rowell is Lead Editor for the just-published Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research. Rowell led a team of four editors in a three-year plus initiative that resulted in a major contribution to the field of action research and participatory research. The Handbook has 49 chapters and includes 86 authors from around the ...

District Educational Foundation Commits Funds for Practitioner Research in Collaboration with Social Publishers Foundation

September 6, 2016. The Board of Directors of the La Mesa-Spring Valley Educational Foundation (LMSVEF) has voted to allocate $20,000 in support of practitioner research to be conducted by the district's teachers, counselors, librarians and other educators in conjunction with the Social Publishers Foundation (SPF). The LMSVEF Board expressed enthusiastic support for the new partnership ...

SPF WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Fabiola Bagula has been selected as the newest board member for Social Publishers Foundation. Dr. Bagula is the Area 6 Superintendent for the San Diego Unified School District and is responsible for 29 schools ranging in levels from Preschool through twelfth grade. Prior to becoming an Area Superintendent, she was principal for ten years ...

SPF REVIEW PANEL GROWS

The Review Panel of the Foundation has expanded to 23 members. The Review Panel participates in the review of submitted proposals for research and product development. Members of the Panel are volunteers committed to supporting practitioner research and to the maintenance of high standards for practitioner research. The Panel reflects a broad range of experiences ...

SPF Welcomes New Advisory Board Members

Mary McAteer of the United Kingdom and Bruce Damons of South Africa are the newest members of the SPF Advisory Board. The two educators were added by SPF Board action on July 30, 2016. They bring considerable experience to the Advisory Board and will focus much of their effort on expanding the presence of SPF ...

NEW GRANTS ANNOUNCED FOR FALL 2016

Beginning in Fall 2016, SPF is offering two new grants. A new grant for school counselors working in collaboration with classroom teachers and/or other educators at their site is The Rowell Collaborative Action Research Grant. This grant provides up to $1,000 in funding annually and has been established to support collaborative action research in K-12 ...

San Diego Education Association endorses SPF

On February 18, 2015, the Representative Council of the San Diego Education Association (SDEA) voted to endorse the Social Publishers Foundation. The endorsement came after a presentation to the SDEA Council by SPF Board Members Lonnie Rowell and Ron Breen. This council includes elected representatives from each school site within the San Diego Unified School ...

Soft Launch of the SPF website

The California-based Social Publishers Foundation (SPF) has initiated the soft-launch of the foundation's website. The website supports the foundation's mission of encouraging and supporting practitioners in education, social services, community development and healthcare in the production and dissemination of practice-based knowledge. According to Board President Lonnie Rowell, "the foundation's approach is based on an understanding ...

SPF and ARNA

In August 2014, the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) and the Social Publishers Foundation (SPF) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding based on their shared interest in supporting practitioner and participatory research. The agreement calls for the two groups to operate as partners in several areas, including sponsorship of ARNA annual conferences, featured ...

The ARNA Conference Committee announces THEME for ARNA 2015: Joint Action – Learning with and from one another

Action research is most often a joint enterprise where the research question is shared amongst participant researchers. When we engage in action research, we learn with and from one another. We learn about the experiences, challenges, and contexts of others, and in turn we learn more deeply about ourselves. We are influenced by the research ...

Online (Free) Action Research Tutorials

SPF Advisory Board Member Margaret Riel has completed the 9th in a series of twelve Action Research Tutorials. The 9th tutorial addresses the role of reflection in writing about action research. The series is available for free and can be used by individuals, groups, or action research classes. Each 6-13 minute video tutorial includes an ...

Action Research in School Counseling

Graduate students at the University of San Diego, working in collaboration with faculty advisor Lonnie Rowell, have established a website for action research in school counseling. The website features action research projects completed by graduate students in school counseling from around North America. A growing list of Affiliate Programs includes, in addition to University of ...