Qualitative Methodologies I: Using Established Qualitative Methods in Research on Reading and Health

  • Jude RobinsonEmail author
  • Josie Billington
  • Ellie Gray
  • Melissa Chapple


This chapter demonstrates the application of three standard qualitative methods in reading research. Jude Robinson and Josie Billington illustrate how ethnographic inquiry can be used effectively in a specific (and highly controlled) reading context (prisons). Ellie Gray and Gundi Kiemle demonstrate the appropriateness of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis in relation to reading and community mental health, while Melissa Chapple shows the application of Framework Analysis in relation to readers living with autism.


Ethnographic inquiry Framework analysis Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) Qualitative methods Prisons Shared Reading 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jude Robinson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Josie Billington
    • 2
  • Ellie Gray
    • 3
  • Melissa Chapple
    • 4
  1. 1.University of GlasgowGlasgowScotland, UK
  2. 2.Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and SocietyUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK
  3. 3.Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation TrustCumbriaUK
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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