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.

Developing the Research Question and Writing the Proposal

Developing the research question and writing the proposal

The first step in the research process is to discover a suitable topic and research question. Qualitative inquiry needs no hypothesis as its data have primacy and it does not start with a fully developed theoretical framework. Researchers, of course, do not start with ‘a blank sheet’, as they already have some ideas about the topic and area of study – though they should set aside assumptions and preconceptions. After deciding on the topic and research question, researchers need to develop a plan of action and write a proposal (always following the guidelines of the institution where they wish to enrol and register, or the funding agency from which they ...

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