Educational and Community-Based Action Research

The Educational and Community-Based Action Research (ECAR) Area of Concentration reflects the interdisciplinary, community-engaged, and problem-focused nature of action research with a mission to “promote social justice and strengthen communities, locally and globally, by advancing research, education, and action through participatory and reflective practices.”  The ECAR area of concentration in association with the Action Research Center is recognized internationally for its contributions to the theory and practice of action research in a variety of education, health, community services, and organizational settings. Students interested in the ECAR Area of Concentration can focus on practitioner inquiry in educational and organizational settings or community-based action research and are encouraged to take courses that reflect the broad interdisciplinary nature of action research (learn more about our current and past students). Courses focus on integrating theory and practice and on building strong collaborative relationships among students, interdisciplinary faculty and with our partners in the community.


  • EDST 7040 Relational Context of Teaching and Learning
  • EDST 7041 First-person Action Research
  • EDST 7042 Appreciative Inquiry
  • EDST 7043 Practitioner Action Research
  • EDST 7044 Action Research and Feminist Theory
  • EDST 7045 Community-Based Participatory Research
  • EDST 7046 Critical Pedagogy
  • EDST 7047 Arts-based Action Research
  • EDST 8001 Ethics in Education and Community Research
  • EDST 8017 Organization Development in Education
  • EDST 8053 Feminist Qualitative Methodologies
  • EDST 8021 Action Research I
  • EDST 8022 Action Research II




Miriam Raider-Roth, Ed.D.

Professor, Educational Studies

Director, Center for Studies in Jewish Education and Culture

(Ed.D. Harvard Graduate School of Education)

Office: 610 P Teachers College

Phone: (513) 556-3808



Research and Teaching Interests: Relational context of teaching and learning, practitioner inquiry, teacher professional development, feminist qualitative methodologies


Lisa M. Vaughn, Ph.D.

Professor, Pediatrics

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center;

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Joint Appointment in Educational Studies

(Ph.D. Social Psychology, University of Cincinnati)

Office: Kasota Building (CCHMC); 610S Teachers College

Phone: 513-636-9424


Research and Teaching Interests: Community-based participatory action research, health and educational outcomes particularly for immigrant and minority children/families, community-academic partnerships, youth participatory action research, sociocultural foundations of health and well-being