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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 ...

Narrative Research
Narrative research

Human beings are natural storytellers and live their lives through stories. In narrative research – sometimes called narrative inquiry or narrative analysis – researchers elicit stories of experiences and events from people in order to gain access to their feelings and thoughts and to the way they make sense of and interpret their experiences. In everyday language use, narratives are stories which people tell each other. These stories are not necessarily the re-telling of facts but accounts of people's perceptions of occurrences; they are ‘oral versions of personal experience’ as Labov and Waletzky (1967: 12) call them. Narrative accounts are then analysed by the researcher.

The concept of narrative has its roots in the classical tradition of Aristotle's ‘Poetics’, according to Bruner (2002), ...

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