Action Learning Action Research Higher Degree Research Awards and Webinar

 

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Action Learning, Action Research Association Ltd (ALARA) and Australian Institute of Business (AIB) present the AIB-ALARA Higher Degree Research Awards. There are two awards, which will be presented at a webinar to be held in March 2022.

  • AIB-ALARA Best Student Action Learning / Action Research Paper Award
  • AIB-ALARA Best Student Action Learning / Action Research Presentation Award

Conditions of Entry

  • Submissions must be from current students at the time of the webinar (March 2022).
  • Students must be undertaking a Master or Doctorate research degree at a public or private university in any country.
  • Students must complete a proposal form and submit it with their paper, as described below, by the closing date - Friday 4 March 2022.
  • Those students wishing to be considered for the Best Presentation Award must make a short presentation as described below during the Awards webinar, which will be held in late March (date to be confirmed). This webinar will be conducted via Zoom videoconferencing.
  • The research undertaken that forms the basis for the student's paper must utilise action learning and/or action research in one or more of their forms. Information about action learning and action research is available on the ALARA website (see About AL/AR and subsequent pages.)

Submission guidelines

Master and Doctoral students are invited to submit a completed proposal form and discussion paper of no more than 1,000 words (two A4-pages) in 12pt, Times New Roman, using standard margins. Papers should be formatted according to APA / Harvard guidelines and include: title; author details; abstract [200 words or less]; purpose; design / methodology / approach (referencing the action research approach used); findings; research limitations / implications; practical implications; originality / value; and keywords. Students are to receive their supervisors’ written approval to attend - please see the proposal form to complete.

Students can submit a pdf of the proposal form and their paper to Chivonne Algeo, who is co-ordinating the awards, by 4 March 2022.

Awards

Students are invited to submit their presentation and paper for awards sponsored by the Australian Institute of Business, Australia’s largest online MBA provider. AIB’s support is a testament to their on-going commitment to research degrees and the higher education sector.

  • AIB-ALARA Best Student Action Learning / Action Research Paper Award
    This award is judged on the submitted discussion paper. The criteria for judging are:
    • Setting the scene: Paper presents purpose and structure of the action research project (25%).
    • Context: Paper clearly outlines the contextual factors of the action research project (25%).
    • Academic Expression: Language, Tone, Grammar, Precision, context and purpose for writing; Report coherent in style and content; Appropriate referencing (10%).
    • Innovation and Contribution: Does the action research extend the existing body of knowledge? Does the action research create new and innovative approaches or test an existing approach when managing a situation? What is the potential impact of the action research? (40%)
  • AIB-ALARA Best Student Action Learning / Action Research Presentation Award
    This award is judged on the presentation by the student. The criteria for judging are:
    • Explanation and expression: Gave a clear, coherent and relevant presentation within the allocated timeframe. (10%)
    • Structure and organisation: Adequately organised and logically presented. (20%)
    • Communication: Communicated with the audience and engaged in a conversation. (10%)
    • Innovation and Contribution: Does the action research extend the existing body of knowledge? Does the action research create new and innovative approaches or test an existing approach when managing a situation? What is the potential impact of the action research? (40%)
    • Audience feedback (20%)

Each Award includes $500 (AUD) allocated to a research account nominated by the successful student, but which must be spent within 12 months of being awarded, and one year's complimentary membership of ALARA.

Any questions? For any further information, please contact Chivonne Algeo.

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