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. Courses focus on integrating theory and practice and on building strong collaborative relationships among students, interdisciplinary faculty and with our partners in the community.


Headshot of Miriam Raider-Roth, Ed.D.

Miriam Raider-Roth, Ed.D.

Professor, Educational Studies | Director, Center for Studies in Jewish Education and Culture

610 P Teachers College

(513) 556-3808

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

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Lisa M. Vaughn, Ph.D.

Professor, Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Joint Appointment in Educational Studies

Kasota Building (CCHMC); 610S Teachers College


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, sociocult