IRB (Brydon-Miller & Greenwood, 2006), rhetorical choices (Fisher & Phelps, 2006), and pushing research into "new" territory. For many of us Mary Brydon-Miller has been one of the main champions of AR at the University of Cincinnati. She helped create a support group for doctoral students, has connected many to the community, and has been an all-round cheerleader. But AR isn't just about our leader - we have all become leaders! I see my graduation as the beginning of new learning. As I wrote a few weeks ago about the apprentice - I have begun to see the image as relevant to my beginning as a new PhD. I see the freedom to learn about action research in new ways, beyond the confines of a degree - to learn as a budding colleague. As AR students we have been encouraged to take ownership of our own learning and to share our knowledge and process with others. President Williams spoke of being in service to our communities. Action research embodies this principle. It felt good to listen to his address and feel that I have already been in service - instead of waiting to begin. I owe much of this to action research. So thank you action research community for continuing to be innovative, participatory, and reflective. I look forward to learning, leading, and being in service!
Brydon-Miller, M., & Greenwood, D. (2006). A re-examination of the relationship between action research and human subjects review processes. Action Research, 4(1), 117-128.
Fisher, K., & Phelps, R. (2006). Recipe or performing art?: Challenging conventions for writing action research theses. Action Research, 4(2), 143-164