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.

Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research

Quantitative vs. qualitative research

From the very first days of my undergraduate training I heard stories about the vast differences between qualitative and quantitative research and how the two main ‘camps’ are the academic equivalent of the Capulets and the Montagues. How different the approaches to research are in theory and practice, the degree to which they create divisions between students and colleagues, and their impacts on knowledge generation processes are subject to enduring debate. An understanding of the essential, or perhaps ideal-type, bases of each approach is fundamental in assessing the role of each style of research in the contemporary academy.

What Is This Concept?

A methodology is an overall approach to the accumulation of knowledge based on theoretical and philosophical principles about ...

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