Recently published books on qualitative and mixed-method approaches to research

In alphabetical order, here are some recently published texts on qualitative methods that you might want to add to your bookshelf. Enjoy…

Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor and Richard Siegesmund’s (2018) second edition of their popular book Arts-based research in education: Foundations for practice is now available.  In this expanded and completely revised edition of the original text, there are many new authors and approaches to arts-based research. For example, Nick Sousanis (2015) discusses his work using comics and Jerry Rosiek discusses connections between new materialism and contemporary pragmatism and arts-based research. There’s lots more! For more information on the book, and a table of contents, see the publisher’s website. 

Laura Ellingson’s book (2017) Embodiment in qualitative research discusses the ways in which researchers may engage with embodiment in their research. Irrespective of whether “embodiment” is a particular focus of a topic, Ellingson’s book asks researchers to re-examine the body in relation to the conduct of any qualitative research study. Describing herself as “unapologetically eclectic” (2017, p. 3), Ellingson draws on numerous examples of recent research in addition to new theorizations used in qualitative inquiry, and provides lots of practical strategies for qualitative researchers interested in embodiment. For more information on the book, and a table of contents, see the publisher’s website.

Melissa Freeman’s book (2017) Modes of thinking for data analysis discusses the thinking that underlies different approaches to the analysis of qualitative data. This book encourages readers to think deeply about the approach to thinking that they use to analyze and interpret data. Freeman discusses five approaches: categorical, narrative, dialectical, poetical, and diagrammatical ways of thinking. Each of the main chapters are organized similarly, and include discussions of characteristics of each approach, along with examples that illustrate these, along with pointers for deciding on how an approach might be used. For more information, see the publisher’s website.

As part of the “Qualitative Essentials” series published by Routledge Janice Morse (2017) provides a concise and well-explained account of how she conceptualizes the design of qualitatively-driven mixed-method designs in her book, Essentials of qualitatively-driven mixed-method designs. Written in a reader-friendly style, Morse distills the “essentials” of what researchers endeavoring to design and conduct a quality study using qualitatively-driven mixed-method designs need to know. For those conversant with current mixed-method terminology, Morse focuses on QUAL + qual, QUAL ® qual, QUAL + quant, and QUAL ® quant designs. If you are not familiar with these notations – this book will help. For more information see the publisher’s website.

Pertti “Bert” Pelto may have retired from a university position at the University of Connecticut in 1992, but he then began a new career providing qualitative research preparation to researchers working in applied health in India. Since moving back to the US in 2014, Pelto has continued his prolific career by writing an historical account of mixed methods in ethnographic research. His book, Mixed methods in ethnographic research: Historical perspectives (Pelto, 2017), provides a wide-ranging account of how ethnographers have long used a mix of methods in their research. He then goes on to explore the “two histories” of mixed methods research by exploring new literature on the topic of mixed methods. For more information the book, see the publisher’s website. 



Cahnmann, M., & Siegesmund, R. (2018). Arts-based research in education: Foundations for practice (2nd ed.). New York & London: Routledge.

Ellingson, L. L. (2017). Embodiment in qualitative research. New York & London: Routledge.

Freeman, M. (2017). Modes of thinking for qualitative data analysis. New York & London: Routledge.

Morse, J. M. (2017). Essentials of qualitatively-driven mixed-method designs. London & New York: Routledge.

Pelto, P. J. (2017). Mixed methods in ethnographic research: Historical perspectives. New York & London: Routledge.

Sousanis, N. (2015). Unflattening: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press.

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