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In: Handbook of Physical Education

Chapter 2: Interpretive Perspectives in Physical Education Research

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Interpretive Perspectives in Physical Education Research
Interpretive perspectives in physical education research

We can, and I think must, look upon human life as chiefly a vast interpretive process in which people, singly and collectively, guide themselves by defining the objects, events, and situations which they encounter … Any scheme designed to analyze human group life in its general character has to fit this process of interpretation (Blumer, 1956:686).

Introduction

The emergence of interpretive research methods has expanded significantly over the last 30 years. That expansion has been accompanied by an increasing acceptance of and interest in qualitative research forms by educational researchers, including those who work in the wider areas of physical education and sport pedagogy. Through exploration within the interpretive paradigm our field has been able to ...

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