CARN Praxis is a new journal, hosted by the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) designed specifically to support publication by practitioners and new researchers.
The collaborative editorial process (see Editorial Processes) is designed to work in a developmental and supportive way, enabling publication and dissemination.
Engaging with Practice. As Action Research is a broad concept covering a range of ideas and approaches, we welcome a range of submissions which consider how action researchers engage with practice; encourage participants to reflect upon their initiatives; and attempt to create more just and democratic forms of practice.
Participation. We invite contributions from participants in all communities and contexts. We anticipate that most accounts in CARN Praxis will be based in practice and that they will usually attempt to involve some active participation in the research process by the communities which the action research is designed to support (e.g. pupils, clients, citizens, etc).
Action research as a process. Although readers will be interested to be given background information into the context of the research and the subject being investigated, our readers will be primarily interested in the action research processes and the learning that arose from it, rather than the subject being researched. (For example, our audience might have a shared interest in hearing how a Maths teacher found better ways to engage her learners through shared experimentation, but most would have limited interest in the Maths activities themselves or how a community activist found new ways to engaged marginalised communities).
Highlight progress and limitations. We welcome accounts rather than reports of action research and it is not necessary for an action research activity to be successful to merit publication. Some of the most rewarding reads are accounts by fellow practitioners who have had limited success in their attempts to engage participation or make changes. Readers do identify with writers who can honestly share their frustrations with various approaches, and it is from these accounts that better approaches become inspired. Much action research leads to partial progress in changing situations, yet results in significant personal development for the practitioners involved.