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Lynn Butler-Kisber

Academic title(s): 


Editor, LEARNing Landscapes Journal


Lynn Butler-Kisber
Contact Information

Education Building, 3700 McTavish St., Room 428
(514) 398-2252

Email address: 
lynn.butlerkisber [at] mcgill.ca
Department of Integrated Studies in Education

Lynn Butler-Kisber (B.Ed., M.Ed., McGill; Ed.D. Harvard) is a Professor of Education in the Department of Integrated Studies at McGill University. Her teaching and research focus on qualitative research methodologies; leadership, multiliteracies; and professional development. She is particularly interested in arts-based methodologies, more specifically in visual inquiry (collage, photo/film and visual narratives) and in poetic inquiry on which she has written and presented extensively. She focuses on issues of marginalization, equity and social justice. Some recent publications include Poetic inquiries of reflection and renewal: Poetry as research (2017), with Guiney Yallop, Stewart & Wiebe; the second edition of her book, Qualitative Inquiry: Thematic, narrative and arts-based perspectives (Sage, April 2018) and Collage-making, in the 2019 Sage research methods foundations (edited by Atkinson, Delacourt et al.). She is founding (2007) and current Editor of the LEARNing Landscapes, an online, open access, peer-reviewed journal that integrates theory and practice, encourages multi-modal submissions and the inclusion of a variety of voices. Current projects include: The NEXTschool Initiative; and the Human Displacement and Narrative Inquiry Project; She has done a range of international research and development projects in Dominican Republic, China, Indonesia, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and in the UK and USA.


B. Ed., M. Ed. (McGill); Ed. D. (Harvard)

Areas of expertise: 
  • Multiliteracies
  • Qualitative research methodologies
  • Classroom processes/professional development
  • Teacher education/student engagement
  • Gender issues in leadership/education



Interpretive Inquiry

Leadership in Action

PhD Colloquium

Qualitative Research Methods

School Improvement Approaches

B. Ed. Third-year Professional Seminar

Office hours: 

By appointment.

Current research: 
  •    The NEXTschool Initiative Research 
  •     The Human Displacement and Narrative Inquiry Research 
  •     Arts-based Inquiry Research



  • Human Displacement and Narrative Inquiry Project (Routledge)
  • The NEXT School Initiative
  • Founding and current Editor, LEARNing Landscapes Journal   www.learninglandscapes.ca
Selected publications: 

Selected publications/presentations

Butler-Kisber, L. (in press). Poetry in arts-based educational research. In E. Fitzpatrick (Ed.), Poetry as method in educational research. Auckland, NZ.

Butler-Kisber, L. (2019). Collage-making. In P. Atkinson, S. Delamont, M. Hardy, & M. Williams, (Eds.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Social Research Methods. London: Sage.

Butler-Kisber, L (2019), (Ed.). Understanding ways of knowing: Insights and illustrations. LEARNing Landscapes 12.

Butler-Kisber, L. (2019). Collage-making. In P. Atkinson, S. Delamont, A. Cernat, J. Sakshaug & R. Williams (Eds.), Sage research methods foundations. London: Sage.

Calderon, M. M. & Butler-Kisber, L. (2019). Latin Americans’ Perceptions of their Secondary School Education in Montreal. Journal of Canadian Ethnic Studies. 51(1).

Boyle, D., & Butler-Kisber, L. (2019). Musical memos in qualitative inquiry: Artful, embodied and salient reflections. The Qualitative Report, 24(2), 395-404.

Butler-Kisber, L. (2018). Case study: Brentwood High School. In D. Griffiths & J. Ryan (Eds.), Case studies of inclusive educators and leaders. Burlington, ON: Word and Deed.

Butler-Kisber, L. (2018), (Ed.). Teaching and learning with stories. LEARNing Landscapes, 11(2).

Butler-Kisber, L. (2018); (2nd edition). Qualitative inquiry: Thematic, narrative and arts-based perspectives. London: Sage.

Butler-Kisber, L. (2017). Fostering health and well-being in education. LEARNing Landscapes, 10(2).

Butler-Kisber, L., Guiney Yallop, J., Stewart, M., Wiebe, S. (2017), (Eds.). Poetic inquiry: Resonant voices. Lunenburg, NS: John MacIntyre Purcell.

Butler-Kisber, L. (2015). Arts-based qualitative research. In M. Savin-Baden & K. Wimpenny (Eds.), A practical guide to arts-related research. (pp. 50-53). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.

Butler-Kisber, L. (2015), (Ed.). Teacher research: Integrating  action, observation and reflection. LEARNing Landscapes, 8(2).

Butler-Kisber, L. (2014). Arts-based qualitative research. In M. Savin-Baden & K. Wimpenny (Eds.), A practical guide to arts-related research. (pp. 50-53). Rotterdam: Sense.

Lessard, A., Butler-Kisber, L., Fortin, L., & Marcotte, D. (2013). Analyzing the discourse of dropouts and resilient students. Journal of Educational Research, 00, 1-8.

Butler-Kisber, L. (2011). The art of poetic inquiry.  In S. Thomas, A. L, Cole, & S. Stewart (Eds.), The art of poetic inquiry. Halifax, NS: Backalong Books.

Butler-Kisber, L. (2010). Qualitative inquiry: Thematic, narrative and arts-informed perspectives. London: Sage.

Butler-Kisber, L., & Poldma, T. (2010). The power of visual approaches in qualitative inquiry: The use of collage making and concept mapping in qualitative research. The Journal of Research Practice, 6(2), Article M18 (http://jrp.org)

Butler-Kisber, L. (2008). Representational forms of dissemination. The Sage encyclopedia of qualitative researchVol 2, (pp. 756-760). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.




Butler-Kisber, L., Savin-Baden, M., Stewart, M. (2020). Navigating the terrain of narrative inquiry: Insights and innovations for teaching. The 11th Annual TQR Conference. Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Butler-Kisber, L., & El-Muhammady, F. (2019). Journal talks: LEARNing Landscapes. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, ON.

Butler-Kisber, L., Bourassa, N., & Stewart, M. (2019). Teaching qualitative inquiry: Lessons from graduate students. The 10th International TQR Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Butler-Kisber, L., & Stewart, M. (2018). Collage inquiry in qualitative research. European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Leuven, Belgium.

Butler-Kisber, L., Choudhury, S., Chung, S., & Metallic, J. (2018). Artful inquiry: Embodied relational practices for change. Artful Inquiry Research Group Symposium. Montreal, QC.

RoboCup International Conference, Montreal, 2018 (Organizing committee)


Book images: 
Graduate supervision: 

MA students: Farzaneh Bedoustani; Parvesh Chainani, Jeffrey Deeprose; Nic Hulse; Mark Newton, Mithura Samugalingum.

PhD students: Melanie Bennett-Stonebanks; Nicole Bourassa; Sabrina Choudhury; Fauzanah Fauzan El-Muhammady (co-supervision); Jennie Ferris; Sarah Marshall;  Abigail Shabtay; Afrouz Tavakoli-Khou; Nada Wehbe; Micaela Winton (co-supervision).

Visiting scholars: Dr. Vimala Kamalodeen, University of West Indies (Trinidad & Tobago); Dr. Sungtaek Lim, Kangwon National University,  South Korea.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

2018: Honorary Professor, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang, China

2017-2018: Visiting scholar: University of Alberta, Edmonton AB; Worcester University, Worcester, UK; University of Vermont, VT.

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