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.

Participant Observation

Participant observation

The term ‘participant observation’ is a phrase originally coined by Lindeman in 1924 and can be defined as the exploration of a culture from the inside. Participant observation has its origins in anthropology and sociology, and is indeed a staple of anthropological research. From the early days of fieldwork, anthropologists became part of the culture they studied and examined the actions and interactions of people in their social context – ‘in the field’ as it is called in research language. It is probably the earliest of all forms of data collection, as early travellers in ancient times wrote down their observation of cultures they visited, often as participants in those cultures.

Participant observation is a method which researchers employ to explore and understand ...

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