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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 ...


Interviewing has become a valuable source of data for students and professional researchers alike as they feel able to gain an insider view on the experiences of participants and the meaning they give to these experiences. These first-person accounts are strategies for exploring in depth the thoughts and feelings of participants as well as offering an insight into phenomena of interest to researchers in the sports and physical activity arena. As we have noted in Chapter 1, interviews are, by some considerable way, the most common qualitative data collection method in sport and physical activity.

Many research texts now use the term ‘conversation with a purpose’ to define the in-depth interview (quoting the expression used by Beatrice and Sidney Webb who carried out social research ...

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