Packed full of essential tools and tips, this second edition is your quick-start guide to undertaking research within real world of sport. Using clear, accessible language, Smith maps an easy-to-follow journey through the research process, drawing upon the most up-to-date evidence and resources to help you select the most appropriate research approach for your project. Throughout the book you will discover:  • Key points that highlight important definitions and theories;  • Reflection points to help you make connections between key concepts and your research;  • Learning activities to put your newfound knowledge into practice;  • Further reading to explore the wider context of sport research in the real world. Featuring over thirty-five case studies of students’ and academics’ research in practice, this book is the perfect guide-by-your-side to have during your own sport research.

Correlational research strategy

Correlational research strategy

 Learning objectives

In developing an understanding of why correlational research is of value, this chapter will explore how a correlational research strategy can be applied to answer sport-related research questions. By identifying research situations for which this strategy may be applied, this chapter is designed to help you:

  • explain the basic concept of a correlational research strategy;
  • identify the relative merits of this approach and identify how to apply it to sport research;
  • describe the pattern and strength of an association by way of scatter plots and analysis techniques.


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