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.

The Role of the Literature in Qualitative Research

The role of the literature in qualitative research

The role and location of the literature represent key distinguishing features of qualitative research. Qualitative and quantitative literature reviews differ both in their nature and scope. Whilst quantitative researchers generally carry out an extensive literature review related to their topic, a different type of review is required in qualitative research. This chapter will point out the differing uses of the literature in a piece of qualitative research. It must, however, be emphasised that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach to the use of the literature, and there is variation among institutions, and guidance should be taken from supervisors prior to undertaking a review of the literature. Similarly, ...

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