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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 ...

Grounded Theory
Grounded theory

Grounded theory (GT) – an approach which generates theory directly from the data – is one of the earliest methods of collecting and analysing data in qualitative research. Within the last decade, researchers in the sports and physical activity arena have popularised this approach (Weed, 2009).

Students sometimes mistakenly believe that GT offers an easy way of carrying out qualitative research, when it is, in fact, one of the more difficult because of theoretical sampling and constant comparison. The completed study is called a grounded theory (for instance, ‘a grounded theory of substance abuse in sport’) depending on which phenomenon has been investigated. The main purpose of GT is the development of theory directly and systematically from the data. Most researchers in GT ...

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