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.



The language of science is discourse about the numeric relation between variables in the world. A discussion of variables usually features in the first or second week of an undergraduate methods course. When people have a foundational understanding of the idea of variables, science becomes a whole lot easier and exciting. Apart from the concept of a distribution – a statistical way of seeing variability – there is no other concept as important as variables for learning the quantitative research ropes.

What Is This Concept?

You won't be able to accomplish very much with quantitative research unless you know how to talk about variables. A variable is any entity in the physical, cultural or social sphere that can take on different value for people. Okay, so ...

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