Research Methods in Physical Education and Youth Sport
Edited by Kathleen Armour, Doune Macdonald
Routledge – 2012 – 272 pages
This comprehensive textbook is a user-friendly, practical and theoretical guide to research suitable for any student, teacher or coach working in physical education, youth sport and related areas. The first research methods book to focus entirely on PE and youth sport, it guides the reader through the research process, from first steps to completion of a dissertation or practice-based project, and introduces key topics such as:
Each chapter includes a full range of useful pedagogical features, including chapter summaries, practical activities, case studies, dialogues with active researchers and guidance on further reading and resources, while an appendix includes further useful material, such as a checklist for quality research and a guide to referencing. With contributions from some of the world’s best-known researchers in PE and youth sport, this book is indispensible reading for all students and professionals working in physical education, youth sport, sports coaching and related subjects.
Editors’ introduction Section 1: Planning the research process 1. What is your research question – and why? 2. Key principles and practices 3. Positioning yourself as a researcher 4. Getting started with research Section 2: Methodological questions 5. Thinking about research frameworks 6. Ethical research 7. Qualitative approaches 8. Quantitative approaches 9. Combining methods Section 3: Selecting Methods 10. Reviewing the Literature 11. Case studies 12. Grounded Theory 13. Observational Studies 14. Surveys 15. Interviews and Focus Groups 16. Discourse Analysis 17. Visual Methdologies 18. Analysing quantitative data 19. Analysing qualitative data 20. Life History Section 4: Communicating Your Research 21. Effective research writing 22. The Dissertation APPENDICES A: A quality research checklist B: How to reference C: Web-based resources D: Where next? 10 more books to help you on your journey
Kathleen Armour is currently Professor and Director of Research in the School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences at Loughborough University. From 1st April, she will be taking up a Chair in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. Kathy's research interests centre on the ways in which teachers and coaches learn, and should be supported to learn, throughout their careers. She has led numerous funded research projects in the field using a range of research methods.
Doune Macdonald is Professor and Head of the School of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia.