Center for Social Concerns, North American Action Research Alliance

Author: Michael O. Garvey and Paul Horn


Faculty members from colleges and universities nationwide will be hosted by the University of Notre Dames Center for Social Concerns for a meeting of the North American Action Research Alliance (NAARA) on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 30 and Dec. 1).

NAARA was established in March 2006 when some 25 scholars from across the nation met at the University of Cincinnati to form a network of university and college faculty engaged inaction research,or scholarship supporting community organization and development.

Examples of such scholarship at Notre Dame include studies of predatory lending practices and of potential strategies to prevent lead poisoning of impoverished children.Those projects were administered by the Center for Social Concerns and funded by local entrepreneur and former Notre Dame faculty member Rodney F. Ganey, co-founder of Press Ganey Associates.

Developing a strong network of action researchers and engaged scholars from across North America will help us to share resources and to learn from one anothers experiences,said Mary Brydon-Miller, director of the University of Cincinnatis Action Research Center and one of the meetings organizers.We appreciate Notre Dames hospitality and look forward to having the opportunity to learn more about the many community-based research projects currently under way there.

_ Contact: Paul Horn, director of communications for Center for Social Concerns at 574-631 3209 or_ " "

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