Lynn Butler-Kisber

Academic title(s): 


Lynn Butler-Kisber
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Email address: 
lynn.butlerkisber [at]

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

Research Interests

  • Bilingual education
  • Content and language integrated instruction
  • Plurilingual and translanguaging pedagogies
  • Crosslinguistic pedagogy
  • Classroom interaction
  • Peer collaboration
  • Teacher professional development
  • School language policy
  • Language identity and investment


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


Tenure-Track Professors
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
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 (

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



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.

Professional activities: 

Editor, LEARNing Landscapes Journal

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