The theme of the NEARIMeet was Raising Voices: Making Connections and as always, the meeting opened with an acknowledgment of the NEARI Ethical Statement. It was chaired with a deft and gentle hand by Cornelia Connolly.
The guest speaker for the event was the world-renowned Dr. Hilary Bradbury of AR+ . We were delighted to have Hilary join us at this special meeting. Her explanation of Action Research Transformations (ART) inspired everyone as she interwove personal stories to show how she generates knowledge for action in a meaningful, practical way.
Links to the video clips of her session are here:
Hilary Bradbury at NEARIMeet Part 1:
Hilary Bradbury at NEARIMeet Part 2:
Hilary concluded her inspiring session by encouraging everyone to explore how their action research might encourage transformation.
Our second presentation was from Aislinn Kennedy, a primary school teacher from Dublin. She talked about her own Master’s research in her practice. She took the theme of raising voices to a new level as she explored how she encouraged her pupils to develop strategies to address anxiety and develop emotional literacy as they explored the use of their voices.
The final presentation of the day was from Jane O’Connell, who shared her understanding of the intricacies of the final stages of a PhD. She outlined the decisions she had to make around how she presented her data and the integrity she brought to ensuring that her conclusions were fair and appropriate.
Jane’s presentation is here:
We wish Jane the best of luck as she reaches the concluding stages of her doctorate!
Many thanks to Mary McAteer who gave us an update from the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) and to Marie Huxtable who updated us on the most recent events in the Educational Journal of Living Theories (EJOLT)s.
We thank our colleagues at the Education Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) for supporting our Values-Based Practitioner Action Research Special Interest Group (VPAR SIG) and helping us to realise events such as these.