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.

Data Analysis

Data analysis

Analysis can be defined as the process of bringing order to data, organising undifferentiated comments and observations into patterns, categories and descriptive units, and looking for relationships between them (Brewer, 2000). Qualitative data analysis (QDA) consists of exploring, managing and interpreting the data collected over time, starting with the raw data and transforming them during a reflective process. It is a complex task which demands time and patience. In several approaches, data collection and analysis interact (for instance, always in GT and often in ethnography); in others collection and analysis are sequential (for instance, phenomenology and narrative research). Researchers need to know this from the start. Indeed, most qualitative research approaches have their own procedures for analysing the data. Grounded theory and ...

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