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    An Agent of Change: LA’s ‘Most Inspirational Teacher’ to Share Participatory Action Research Tactics

    Using research to transform urban and other school systems will be discussed Wednesday, March 7, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 108, Canevin Hall at Duquesne University.

    Duquesne's School of Education is hosting Dr. Patrick Camangian, an assistant professor in the Teacher Education Department at the University of San Francisco and a "Most Inspirational Teacher" award winner in Los Angeles, for a light lunch and discussion of participatory action research.

    Some experts suggest that action research can be used to bridge the gap between theory and practice. It can help identify problems, test and develop solutions, empower teachers, expand knowledge and provide professional growth opportunities.

    The process of systematic inquiry can also be transmitted and utilized within many other disciplines, writes Craig Mertler, author of the book Action Research, which currently is being used by students in the School of Education.

    Mertler describes action research as any systematic inquiry conducted by teachers, administrators, counselors or others with a vested interest in the teaching and learning process or classroom environments. The purpose is to gather information about how particular schools operate, how teachers teach and how students learn.

    Camangian taught English for seven years at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, where he was awarded "Most Inspirational Teacher" by former Mayor Richard Riordan and the school's student body. He currently volunteers at Mandela High School in Oakland, Calif., teaching 10th-grade English and has collaborated with groups including California's Association of Raza Educators, the Education for Liberation national network and San Francisco's Teachers 4 Social Justice.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.