This book systematically demonstrates the significance and application of method in plain language.

Written for students, this book contains the core methodological concepts, practices, and debates they need to understand and apply research methods within the field of sport and exercise. It provides a comprehensive panoramic introduction which will reassure and empower its readers.

Written by a leading academic, and drawing on years of teaching experience, it includes carefully cross-referenced entries which critically engage with interdisciplinary themes and data.

Each concept includes:

Clear Definitions; Suggestions for Further Reading; Comprehensive Examples; Practical Applications

Pragmatic, lucid, and concise, the book will provide essential support to students in sport and exercise science, kinesiology, and health.

Literature Reviews

Literature reviews

I have graded or reviewed hundreds of undergraduate and postgraduate research proposals in the past few years. Because I teach in a very diverse sport and physical activity department, the proposals are substantively and methodologically varied – which makes my life far more interesting as an instructor. I am also fortunate enough to review for a range of academic journals, frequently participate on ethics review boards, and routinely sit on university or governmental grant adjudication committees. So I see a full panorama of research proposals! One of the most common areas for, let's say, improvement, in so many proposals, papers, articles, and essays, is the literature review. A good literature review is critical in the research process for a number of reasons. The ...

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