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.

Focus Groups

Focus groups

A focus group interview is an interview with a group of people, generally numbering between four and 12, sharing common experiences or characteristics, for the purpose of eliciting ideas, thoughts and perceptions about a specific topic. The hallmark of focus groups is the explicit use of group interaction to produce data and insights that would be less accessible without the interaction found in a group. As Weeden (2005) notes, focus groups are essentially group discussions. Interaction between group members enriches the data collected as a result of members clarifying, challenging and discussing individual and group attitudes towards a topic (Jennings, 2010). The type of group and the number of interviews are largely determined by the research question. Researchers might use pre-existing groups ...

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