The Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN)

The Collaborative Action Research Network has been a vibrant international community of action researchers for more than 40 years. It supports action research projects - personal, local, national and international – via its network, its events and its publications. Its journal, Educational Action Research is a key resource in the field.

CARN was founded in 1976 in order to continue the development work of the Ford Teaching Project in UK primary and secondary schools. Since that time it has grown to become an international network drawing its members from educational, health, social care, commercial, and public services settings.

CARN's annual conference is regarded as an opportunity for both experienced and new researchers to come together, debate, share and collaborate with others to find further understandings, develop practices and consider outcomes of their action research. Our conferences take place in non-judgemental, critical spaces, where mutual respect and regard for others is highly valued. The last CARN conference Voicing and Valuing: Daring and Doing was hosted by the Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University UK.




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Membership of CARN entitles you to:

  • details of future conferences and CARN Study Days;
  • four issues of Educational Action Research, an international, refereed journal;
  • a copy of the latest Directory of Members, giving their research interests and activities;
  • a copy of the Bulletin, published after the CARN conference;
  • membership of the electronic Discussion List - an international email message distribution system, which enables your message or query to go to all CARN members in the list;
  • your name and special interests are posted on the CARN website for other members to see.
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Our Recent Activities

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The conference 2018 was held in Manchester. The theme was Voicing and Valuing: Daring and Doing.

Study Day


CARN study day at the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) Conference 2018



Margaret Ledwith, Kaz Stuart and Karen McArdle explored impact and making a difference beyond the local level.



Bulletin from the conference 2016 held in Lincoln, UK was published.

An Outline Activities

Democratic network

The CARN promotes discussion, networking and debate as well as to provide a critical space in which to share, explore and disseminate action research.


Annual Conference

The annual conference is an opportunity for both experienced and new researchers to come together, debate, share and collaborate with others.


International Journal

Educational Action Research is concerned with exploring the dialogue between research and practice in educational settings.


Action Research

CARN sets out to generate visibility, support and networking for action research that requires critical inquiry into past, current and future practice.

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