Virtual Issue on the theme of ‘creative expression’ in action research Educational Action Research

Educational Action Research

Last year at the CARN Conference in Braga, Portugal we started a new tradition by launching a Virtual Special Issue (VSI) of Educational Action Research (EARJ) at the Conference which brings together a collection of articles previously published in the journal which cluster around a particular theme. The VSI is free to download via this page and is a general resource for action researchers, practitioners and students. The articles are indicative of the conversations that action researchers have developed around the theme in EARJ since its inception. They do not represent the whole conversation but offer us insights into the areas our colleagues are exploring and suggest further lines of inquiry. 

This year we were inspired by a discussion that started on the CARN ListServe about the use of poetry in action research. We started off framing the issue as the use of creative arts in action research but as the articles were selected and the reasons for their choice made apparent that phrase became too restrictive – many of us do not feel ourselves comfortable with claiming we are using the ‘arts’ in our work (although many of us do) but rather, inspired by Helen Burchell in this collection, we have used the term ‘the use of creative expression in action research’ as it felt more appropriate. As ever in action research this decision in itself opens up more creative dialogue…which we look forward to having at CARN events in the coming years.

We hope you enjoy this year’s selection. The articles have been chosen by members of the CARN Co-ordinating Group (Ruth Balogh and Una Hanley agreed the 4 papers on their behalf) and by members of EARJ. After a brief overview of the contents of the article a short rationale is given for their inclusion.

If you have an idea about a theme for VSI in coming years please do post us your thoughts on the special discussion board that will be at the CARN Conference or contact the Editors at EARJ.

To read the full editorial click here.

See the concluding thoughts here.