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Many students fear and loathe research methods classes, which conjure up images of musty, dusty books, boredom, and confusion. Students have a welcome surprise waiting for them with Research Methods in Physical Activity, Fifth Edition, as the text effortlessly guides them through the research process.

This latest edition of this internationally recognized textbook does not rest on its laurels as the leading research methods text. The authors have updated the resource in order to provide the following benefits:

-Shed new light on the research process, particularly regarding use of library facilities

-Enhance students' understanding of basic statistical calculations and the relevance of their uses

-Present a major revision to the chapter on qualitative research and contributions from eminent scholars to the chapters on historical, epidemiology, and philosophic research

-Increase students' understanding of how to write research reports

-Carry the readers through the book by introducing three graduate students studying research methods, one of whom brings a special comical spin to the material
In addition, the text presents a new chapter on using power to plan and interpret research and provides information on traditional perspectives and alternative approaches to the research process. As a result, readers

-understand the essentials of the research process;

-appreciate statistical analyses common to research studies;

-learn the basics of planning research and linking appropriate statistical packages with specific research designs;

-discover how to bring together all the components of the research process and lay them out, in appropriate formats, for dissemination to user groups; and

-gain access to a variety of tools to present or reinforce concepts presented in the book.
Research Methods in Physical Activity, Fifth Edition, retains its strengths from the previous edition. The text is arranged in four parts that systematically guide the reader through the research process. It introduces readers to statistical and measurement issues in research and presents various types of, and approaches to, research. The new edition helps readers understand the complete research process, and it thoroughly arms them with practical research tools. For instructors teaching a research methods course, an instructor guide, test package, and presentation package specific to the textbook are available.

Research Methods in Physical Activity, Fifth Edition, demonstrates that research processes are not to be feared. To the contrary, they are useful tools to be used by students and professionals. This point is emphasized as authors regularly use humorous anecdotes, sketches, and corollaries to enliven the reading and drive home key points. This text removes the fear and confusion often associated with the research process and shines a light on all the aspects of research that readers need to know—whether it's reading, understanding, planning, carrying out, writing, or presenting research.

The book contains both black-and-white and two-color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

This graduate-level text for students in a first research methods course covers every aspect of the study of physical activity, including exercise science, kinesiology, movement studies, physical education, and sport studies. Humorous b&w photos and anecdotes add spice to material on using the library, preparing a prospectus, statistical and measurement concepts, various types of research, and ways of presenting research results. Features of this new edition include expanded information on evaluating data and statistical power, and a new chapter on exercise epidemiological research. Thomas (health and human performance, Iowa State University) and Nelson (professor emeritus, Louisiana State University) "take no responsibility for any divorce that results from using this book as an anniversary present." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736056205
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/26/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 1,314,452
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry R. Thomas, EdD, is professor and chair of the department of health and human performance at Iowa State University. Besides writing the previous editions of this book, Thomas has authored more than 200 publications, 87 of which are data-based refereed publications, with numerous contributions in research methods. Awarded the C.H. McCloy Lecturer in 1999, based on his career research production, Thomas has served as editor in chief for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport and as a reviewer for most major research journals in kinesiology and numerous journals in psychology. He has also served as president of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, of the AAHPERD Research Consortium, and of the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. He was named an AAHPERD Alliance Scholar in 1990 and NASPSPA Distinguished Scholar in 2003, based on lifetime achievement in research.

Jack K. Nelson, EdD, is professor emeritus in the department of kinesiology at Louisiana State University. Nelson conducted and published research and taught research methods for 35 years. He has advised more than 50 doctoral dissertations and more than 50 masters' theses focused on the research process. In addition, he has more than 80 publications and has served as editor of research publications. A fellow in the Research Consortium, he has been a member of AAHPERD, the American Educational Research Association, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He has also served as president of the Association for Research, Administration, Professional Councils and Societies (now AAALF) and as vice president of AAHPERD.

Stephen Silverman, EdD, has taught and written about research methods for over 20 years. He is a professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and he has conducted research on teaching in physical education focusing on how children learn motor skill and develop attitudes. He has published more than 50 research articles in addition to many books and book chapters. Silverman is a fellow of both the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Research Consortium. A former coeditor of the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education and current editor in chief of the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Silverman was the American Educational Research Association Physical Education Scholar Lecturer and a Research Consortium Scholar Lecturer and Weiss Lecturer for AAHPERD.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Overview of the Research Process
Chapter 1. Introduction to Research in Physical Activity
Chapter 2. Developing the Problem and Using the Literature
Chapter 3. Presenting the Problem
Chapter 4. Formulating the Method
Chapter 5. Ethical Issues in Research and Scholarship

Part II: Statistical and Measurement Concepts in Research
Chapter 6. Becoming Acquainted With Statistical Concepts
Chapter 7. Statistical Issues in Research Planning and Evaluation
Chapter 8. Relationships Among Variables
Chapter 9. Differences Among Groups
Chapter 10. Nonparametric Techniques
Chapter 11. Measuring Research Variables

Part III: Types of Research
Chapter 12. Historical Research in Physical Activity
Chapter 13. Philosophic Research in Physical Activity
Chapter 14. Research Synthesis (Meta-Analysis)
Chapter 15. The Survey
Chapter 16. Other Descriptive Research Methods
Chapter 17. Physical Activity Epidemiology Research
Chapter 18. Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research
Chapter 19. Qualitative Research

Part IV: Writing the Research Report
Chapter 20. Completing the Research Process
Chapter 21. Ways of Reporting Research

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