Action Research Websites: Top 20 picks from Handbook contributors

With thanks to Shaun Hawthorne (NZ), Terry Locke (NZ), Anitra Nelson (AUS), Lin Yuan (AUS), Alison Fox (UK), and Margaret Riel (USA)

Action Research Networks Around the World

Action Learning, Action Research Association (ALARA):

Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA):

Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN):

The Nordic Network:


Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA):

Action Research & Participatory Research Knowledge Bases

Jack Whitehead’s Living Educational Theory Approach:

Social Publishers Foundation (SPF):

Action Research Websites: Misc. Initiatives

Action Research and Action Learning for Community and Organisational Change:

Action Research in School Counseling:

Institute of Developmental Studies: Participatory Research Methods:

Jean McNiff:

Margaret Riel’s Center for Collaborative Action Research:

Yoland Wadsworth’s book site has a decent list of ‘links to other people working elsewhere in the world in … transdisciplinary living systems inquiry epistemology’ related to her approach to action research:

National Initiative Resources

NZ Ministry of Education site on teacher inquiry:

In this site there is a good description and links to research on teacher inquiry and action research as well as case studies of inquiries that have been done across the schooling sector.

National College for Teaching and Leadership (UK):

University-based resources

Action Research in ELICOS Program (especially useful for those in the educational sector):; and, for those not familiar with the program, here is the link to ELICOS:

University of Cincinnati: Center for Action Research:

Waikato University Teaching as Inquiry page. This page introduces the idea of teaching as inquiry, includes links to some other sites and resources and also brief descriptions of possible inquiries and what they look like.


Educational Action Research Journal (EARJ):

Canadian Journal of Action Research (CJAR):