Designed especially for students in sport and physical activity, this book provides a detailed guide to planning, undertaking, and writing up qualitative research. Opening with a discussion of the main traits of qualitative inquiry and its use in sport and physical activity, the authors provide a coherent and accessible overview of qualitative research using numerous examples to bring research alive. The book is divided into five parts informed by stages in the research process with chapters on: Early steps in the research process; Ethics; Choosing an approach; Methods of data collection; Analyzing the data; Writing up and disseminating your findings

This is essential reading for undergraduate and graduate students carrying out a qualitative research project in sport and physical activity and for PhD students looking to refresh their knowledge.

Qualitative Research and Its Use in Sport and Physical Activity

Qualitative research and its use in sport and physical activity

All research is concerned with seeking the answers to specific questions, and qualitative inquiry is no exception to other social science approaches. Qualitative social research – an umbrella term for a group of approaches which take a similar worldview – focuses specifically on the understanding of social phenomena and the ways in which people make sense and extract meaning from their experiences, while quantitative research refers to a systematic examination of phenomena through testing a hypothesis – a statement of a relationship between variables – and focuses on measurement; however they are not incompatible, and neither is one form superior to the other. Qualitative and quantitative ...

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