Key Concepts in Sport and Exercise Research Methods

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The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplinces. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are undispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.

Key Concepts in Sport & Exercise Research Methods

This book systematically demonstrates the significance and application of method in plain language.

Written for students, it contains the core methodological concepts, practices and debates they need to understand and apply research methods within the field of sport and exercise. The book provides a comprehensive panoramic introduction which will reassure and empower its readers.

Written by a leading academic, and drawing on years of teaching experience, it includes carefully cross-referenced entries which critically engage with interdisciplinary themes and data.

Each concept includes:

clear definitions

suggestions for further reading

comprehensive examples

practical applications.

Pragmatic, lucid and concise the book will provide essential support to students in sport and exercise science, kinesiology and health.

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Editorial Reviews

Jens Troelsen
For students and others who may be moving into a new field of study , the book works brilliantly and provides much more than a lexical insight . For the interested reader the next step will be to take advantage of the references that each of the 40 chapters ends with. The book can be recommended for use in the education of students through undergraduate level, dealing with methodological and theoretical aspects in relation to sport, physical education and physical activity.
From the Publisher
Few can bring research methods to life like Mike Atkinson. His breadth of research interests and experience mean he can introduce you to all you need to know and inspire you to get down to doing some research yourself
Dominic Malcolm
Senior Lecturer, Sociology of Sport, in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University

The layout, structure and content of the book lend themselves to use in undergraduate or graduate classes. The comprehensive coverage of both quantitative and qualitative research approaches truly reflects the multiple methods used in sport and exercise science and its related fields
Chris Shields
Associate Professor, SRMK, Acadia University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848607293
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Series: SAGE Key Concepts Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Atkinson is Associate Professor, Faculty of Physical Education and Health, University of Toronto. He was previously Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Loughborough University, leading the instruction of research methods and skills at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels therein. Michael received a Ph D in Sociology from the University of Calgary in 2001 (BA, University of Waterloo, 1995; MA, Mc Master University, 1997). Since then, he has researched and taught courses on the sociology of sport, bodies, deviance and research methods (qualitative, quantitative and historical) at Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada), Mc Master University (Canada), and University of Western Ontario (Canada). For his contributions to the Canadian social sciences, Michael was recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada's prestigious Aurora Award in 2004.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vii

About the Author viii

Introduction: Using this Book ix

Academic Journals 1

Analytic Epidemiology 8

Applied vs. Pure Research 14

Archival Research 19

Causality 26

Critical Theory 33

Descriptive Statistics 40

Discourse Analysis 48

Distributions 53

Epistemology 61

Ethnography 66

Evaluation Research 74

Evidence-Based Research and Practice 80

Experiments 85

Grounded Theory 93

Hypotheses 98

Inferential Statistics 106

Interdisciplinary Research 112

Interpretivism 116

Interviewing 121

Literature Reviews 129

Media Analysis 135

Meta-Analysis 143

Ontology 148

Populations and Samples 152

Positivism 159

Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research 164

Questionnaires 170

Reliability 176

Representation 182

Research Ethics 187

Research Proposals 193

Research Questions 199

Translation 210

Triangulation 216

Unobtrusive Methods 221

Validity 227

Variables 232

Visual Methods 239

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