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.

Ethical Considerations in Research

Ethical considerations in research

The need and moral duty of researchers to protect participants in the research process is well documented. According to Mason (2002), qualitative research raises a number of ethical issues which should be anticipated in advance, so that researchers can take into account how their actions may affect participants. It is paramount that ethical issues are considered before, during and after the research process. This is particularly true of qualitative research because of its processual and flexible nature. Ethical considerations need to be made in the following situations:

  • When choosing the topic and aim
  • When gaining access to participants
  • When conducting the research
  • When writing the report and disseminating the data.

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