Places to learn more about visual methods - at Teachers College and beyond

Affiliated Groups


Media and Social Change Lab​ @ TC (MASCLAB) is a hub for multimodal and digital scholarship that explores the relationship between media and social change. 

Helpful Links

Educating Harlem is an in-development digital collection of stories on Harlem's educational history. 

Arts-based educational research (ABER) special interest group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Recommended additional resources



Barone, T., & Eisner, E. (2012). Arts based research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Börner, K., & Polley, D. E. (2014). Visual insights: A practical guide to making sense of data. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


Collier, J. & Collier, M. (1986). Visual anthropology: Photography as a research method. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press.


Denzin, N. K., & Lincoln, Y. S. (Eds.). (2000). The SAGE handbook of qualitative research (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

Gubrium, A., & Harper, K. (2013). Participatory visual and digital methods. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Knowles, J. G., & Cole, A. L. (2008). Handbook of the arts in qualitative research: Perspectives, methodologies, examples, and issues. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Lima, M. (2013). Visual complexity: Mapping patterns of information. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Architectural Press. 

Margolis, E., & Pauwels, L. (Eds.). (2012). The SAGE handbook of visual research methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 


Mitchell, W.J.T. (2005). What do pictures want? Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 

Pink, S. (2001). Doing visual ethnography. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Rose, G. (2012). Visual methodologies: An introduction to researching with visual methods. London: Sage Publications. 

Sullivan, G. (2010). Art practice as research: Inquiry in visual arts (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Tufte, E. (2006). Beautiful evidence. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press.


Tufte, E. (1990). Envisioning information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press.


Tufte E. (1983). The visual display of quantitative information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press.


Finley, S., & Mullen, C. (Eds.) (2003). [Special Issue]. Qualitative Inquiry, 9(2).


Mullen, C., & Diamond, P. (Eds.) (2001). [Special Issue]. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 17(2).


Norris, J., & Buck, G. H. (Eds.) (2002). Exemplars of Arts-Based Research Methodologies [Special Issue]. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 48(3).


Stout, C. J. (Ed.) (2006). Arts-Based Research in Art Education [Special Issue]. Studies in Art Education, 48(1).


Latham, A., & McCormack, D.P. (2009). Thinking with images in non-representational cities: Vignettes from Berlin. Area, 41(3), 252-262. 

Luttrell, W. (2010). A camera is a big responsibility: A lens for analyzing children's visual voices. Visual Studies, 25(3), 224-237. 

Merriman, P., Revill, G., Cresswell, T., Lorimer, H., Matless, D., Rose, G., & Wylie, J. (2008). Landscape, mobility, practice. Social & Cultural Geography, 9(2), 191-212. 

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