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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:
suggestions for further reading
Pragmatic, lucid and concise the book will provide essential support to students in sport and exercise science, kinesiology and health.
About 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.
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
Critical Theory 33
Descriptive Statistics 40
Discourse Analysis 48
Evaluation Research 74
Evidence-Based Research and Practice 80
Grounded Theory 93
Inferential Statistics 106
Interdisciplinary Research 112
Literature Reviews 129
Media Analysis 135
Populations and Samples 152
Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research 164
Research Ethics 187
Research Proposals 193
Research Questions 199
Unobtrusive Methods 221
Visual Methods 239