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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 ...


Phenomenology is an umbrella term encompassing both a philosophical movement and a research approach operationalised in different ways. It originated as an approach to philosophy; it was only later on that it developed as a method of inquiry: ‘phenomenology is first and foremost philosophy’ (Caelli, 2001: 275–6). Phenomenology as a philosophical research tradition emerged in the early part of the twentieth century. Edmund Husserl (1859–1938) is credited as the founder of this tradition (Giorgi and Giorgi, 2008), though he built on earlier philosophers such as Brentano who examined human consciousness and the notion of intentionality.

Phenomenological research focuses on people's perceptions and experiences of the world in which they live – the life-world (Lebenswelt) – and what this means to them. Phenomenology is concerned with ...

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