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Section I: Theoretical Perspectives in Physical Education Research

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Theoretical Perspectives in Physical Education Research
Theoretical perspectives in physical education research
Introduction to Section I

This opening section of the handbook is perhaps the most contentious and complex. What questions researchers have asked, how they have addressed these questions, what sense they have made of their investigations and to what end, reflect particular positions, priorities, and traditions in seek a “truth”. However, the language and frameworks available to us to talk about the research process are very slippery. Should we talk in terms of paradigms, perspectives, and theories, or more specifically about ontologies, epistemologies, methodologies, and methods? As with Macdonald et al. (2002), this handbook uses the term “theoretical perspectives to frame this section given that these words connote a view of the human world that ...

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