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.

Unobtrusive Methods

Unobtrusive methods

Every once in a while I read a returned survey questionnaire, examine self-report data or review notes I have transcribed from an interview and question whether or not the respondent has provided the ‘full truth’. The highly personal and oftentimes sensitive nature of our research questions can certainly encourage non-disclosure or even deception among participants. Wiggling our way into people's lives with requests that they speak, move or think along lines that we ask them to, can be rather disruptive and may alter the course of their everyday lives. So when people are incorporated into the research process we must always question whether or not we are encountering the ‘real person’. For these reasons alone, an entire strand of research techniques called unobtrusive ...

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