This is a comprehensive and informative book written especially for new and inexperienced researchers in the fields of leisure, sport, and tourism. Unlike generic research texts that do not 'speak' to people in this field, this richly flavored book immediately engages the reader by using subject-specific examples and explaining the central methodological issues in straightforward terms. By showing students what they can do to assess, manage, and reduce the time they spend on research Researching in Leisure, Sport and Tourism: The Essential Guide will help them achieve a better balance in their course work.
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About the Author
Initially trained as a geographer, Jonathan has now been researching in the field of leisure studies for 30 years. Prior to joining Leeds Metropolitan University, he was Research Director at the Tourism and Recreation Research Unit and the Centre for Leisure Research in Edinburgh. His experience embraces all stages of the research process from design to dissemination and his research utilises both quantitative and qualitative research techniques. He has extensive experience of managing external contracts having now directed or jointly directed some fifty projects. In the past he has also chaired the management committee of Theatre Workshop (Edinburgh) and been on the marketing and promotion working group for Jazz Platform. Jonathan was also a founding member of the Editorial Board of the journal, Leisure Studies, and has been its Book Reviews Editor and Managing Editor. He is an Academician of the Academy for Learned Societies in the Social Sciences and a member of the Accreditation Panel for the Racial Equality Standard for Professional Football Clubs.
Table of Contents
Wanting to KnowWays of Knowing, Ways of SeeingFinding What is Already There - and Putting It to UseSubjects, Respondents, Participants and CollaboratorsSocial SurveysSetting QuestionsInterviewing - Openness with a Sense of PurposeObservation Techniques - Using Your Eyes and EarsInterpreting TextsEvaluation TechniquesAnalysing Quantitative DataAnalysing Qualitative DataData DisplayThe Responsibilities of the ResearcherWays of Seeing, Ways of ThinkingWays of Writing and Communicating