The Canadian Association of Action Research in Education (CAARE) /Association canadienne de la recherche-action en éducation (ACRAÉ)
A Special Interest Group (SIG) within the Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE) / Association canadienne pour la formation des enseignants (ACFE)
May, 2014; amended June 2019
The name of the Special Interest Group shall be: Canadian Association of Action Research in Education (CAARE) / Association canadienne de la recherche-action en éducation (ACRAÉ)
To provide a research and discussion forum for all members of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) / Société canadienne pour l'étude de l'éducation (SCÉÉ) who are interested in examining and promoting Action Research in the area of education.
To encourage the dissemination and mobilization of knowledge in the area of Action Research in education and related areas.
To promote collaboration between Canadian researchers working in the field of Action Research at the local, national and international levels in the field of education.
The CAARE/ACRAÉ SIG shall hold an annual business meeting as part of the Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE) / Association canadienne pour la formation des enseignants (ACFE) component of the annual conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) / Société canadienne pour l'étude de l'éducation (SCÉÉ).
The SIG shall be carried on without purpose of gain for its members and any profits or other accretions to the SIG shall be used in promoting its objectives.
In the event of the dissolution of the SIG, all its remaining assets after payment of liabilities shall be distributed to a charitable organization recognized by the Department of National Revenue.
Members of the SIG must also be full members of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) / Société canadienne pour l'étude de l'éducation (SCÉÉ) and its constituent association, the Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE) / Association canadienne pour la formation des enseignants (ACFE).
The amount of the annual dues shall be determined by the membership at the annual business meeting and in accordance with the policies of CATE.
All members of the SIG in good standing shall have the privilege of:
Voting at the annual business meeting
Nominating members for office in the SIG
Standing for office in the SIG
Benefiting from the services of the SIG
Membership in the SIG shall be in accordance with CSSE regulations.
5. Officers of the CAARE-ACRAÉ SIG includes:
PRESIDENT: The President duties are to foster CAARE-ACRAÉ's purpose within CATE and with Action Research Networks globally. The President is to contribute to the vision and growth of the SIG, organize the annual AGM during CSSE, communicate directly with the membership concerning SIG business, prepare for upcoming elections when required, liaise with the President of CATE, and attend and present the annual President’s report at the annual AGM of CATE. The President is also the co-program chair for CAARE-ACRAÉ and supports the Vice President who is the lead program chair for the SIG. The President is responsible to ensure that tasks are delegated to the executive members in an equitable manner and to ensure that preparation for CSSE happens in a timely manner. The president plans agendas for each CAARE-ACRAÉ meeting, helps with promotional material, creating more special events and partnerships that expand the membership of the SIG.
PAST PRESIDENT: The Past President is responsible for recruiting new members to the executive for CAARE-ACRAÉ’s continued growth and prosperity. The Past President is to provide advice and counsel to the current executive to ensure a sense of continuity in the growth and legacy of CAARE-ACRAÉ. Moreover, the Past President should attend regular CAARE-ACRAÉ meetings and continue to support CAARE-ACRAÉ. Lastly, the Past President should develop an award ceremony as the membership grows to celebrate members and executive members’ service and contributions to CAARE-ACRAÉ.
PROGRAM CHAIR: The Program Chair duties are to assist the President in the operations of the SIG, collect abstracts for the annual conference, organize a blind review of these abstracts, inform researchers of the outcome, and recommend a schedule of accepted presentations to CSSE.
SECRETARY - TREASURER: The Secretary-Treasurer is responsible for preparing the minutes of the annual general meeting as well as all executive meetings, keeping the financial records of membership, and performing other duties which may be assigned by the President.
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: The Communications Director is responsible for all internal and external communications of CAARE-ACRAÉ. The Communications director’s duties will include ongoing development and maintenance of CAARE-ACRAÉ’s website, coordinating executive virtual meetings as well as troubleshooting any technical issues during the meetings; regularly checking and corresponding to CAARE-ACRAÉ's email messages; drafting and distributing email announcements to SIG members, liaising with the Communication director of CATE as well as other relevant associations; and documenting and supporting CAARE-ACRAÉ special events.
GRADUATE STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE: The Graduate Student Representative is responsible for fostering graduate student opportunities within CAARE-ACRAÉ. The Graduate student representative’s duties will include planning and chairing the Graduate Student Engagement with Action Research Roundtables symposium; networking with graduate students within CAARE-ACRAÉ and throughout CATE and CSSE; attending executive meetings along with advocating opportunities and perspectives of graduate students; representing and promoting CAARE-ACRAÉ at the Canadian Committee of Graduate Students in Education (CCGSE) events; developing promotional posters for all CAARE-ACRAÉ events; assisting Communications director with publicity responsibilities, and performing other duties which may be assigned by the President.
EDITOR of CJAR: The Editor of the Canadian Journal of Action Research shall be an ex officio position. The Editor’s duties will include overseeing the creation of the annual conference proceedings in a special issue of CJAR, and attending meetings called by the CAARE-ACRAÉ President. Acting as a liaison, the Editor will confer separately with the CAARE-ACRAÉ executive and the CJAR editorial board to effect policy changes that affect the interests of members of the Association and the journal. The Editor will also oversee a sub-committee for CJAR proceedings to ensure that timelines are met for publishing annual conference proceedings.
Except for the Editor’s position, the term of officers of the SIG shall be for two years renewable.
Except for the Editor’s position, in the event of an officer of the SIG resigning his/her position, the President is empowered to appoint a substitute until the next general meeting. At that time, a candidate for the unexpired term of office will be elected by the membership in accordance with normal procedures.
The official languages of the SIG are French and English.
The SIG shall be subject to the By-laws and Regulations established by the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) / Société canadienne pour l'étude de l'éducation (SCÉÉ).
Amendments to this Constitution shall be made by a 60% vote of all members in good standing and in attendance at the annual general meeting of the SIG, or responding to an electronic or mailed ballot.
Notice of motion for an amendment to this constitution shall be distributed to all members of the SIG in good standing sixty (60) days before the annual general meeting or, in the case of an electronic or mailed vote, sixty (60) days prior to the last date on which ballots will be accepted.