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.

Descriptive Statistics

Descriptive statistics

Descriptive statistics often get a bad rap in research circles. In research methods classes, they are discussed quite quickly in an introductory undergraduate course and then scarcely mentioned in subsequent courses. They are like the nerdy little brother of their more socially popular big brother, inferential statistics. Descriptive statistics are used to describe the basic features of the data in a study. They provide simple summaries about the sample and the measures. Together with simple graphics analysis, they form the basis of virtually every quantitative analysis of data. Learning the place of descriptive statistics in quantitative research is foundational, and several of the descriptives are entry points into advanced and inferential statistics.

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