Research Methods in Sports Coaching
Edited by Lee Nelson, Paul Potrac, Ryan Groom
To Be Published January 15th 2014 by Routledge
Research Methods in Sports Coaching is a key resource for any student, researcher or practitioner wishing to undertake research into sports coaching. It takes the reader through each phase of the research process, from identifying valuable research questions, to data collection and analyses, to the presentation and dissemination of research findings. It is the only book to focus on the particular challenges and techniques of sports coaching research, with each chapter including examples, cases and scenarios from the real world of sports coaching.
The book introduces and explores important philosophical, theoretical and practical considerations in conducting coaching research, including contextual discussions about why it’s important to do sports coaching research, how to judge the quality of coaching research, and how sports coaching research might meet the needs of coaching practitioners. Written by a team of leading international scholars and researchers from the UK, US, Canada and Australia, and bridging the gap between theory and practice, this book is an essential course text for any research methods course taken as part of a degree programme in sports coaching or coach education.
Section 1: Introduction 1: An introduction and overview of coaching research 2: Reviewing the literature and formulating topics in coaching research 3: Ethical issues in coaching research 4: The place of theory in coaching research 5: Knowledge and the acquisition of knowledge in coaching research Section 2: Quantitative approaches to coaching research 6: Introduction to quantitative methodologies 7: Questionnaires in coaching research 8: Systematic observation in coaching research 9: Analysis of quantitative coaching data 10: Judging the quality of quantitative coaching research Section 3: Qualitative approaches to coaching research 11: Introduction to qualitative methodologies 12: Ethnography in coaching research 13: Interviews in coaching research 14: Analysis of qualitative coaching data 15: Judging the quality of qualitative research Section 4: Contemporary approaches to coaching research 16: Mixed methodologies in coaching research 17: Analysing talk in coaching research 18: Documentation analysis and coaching research 19: Writing auto-ethnographic coaching narratives Section 5: Conducting and disseminating coaching research 20: Navigating the coaching research process: Tips for students and supervisors 21: Presenting coaching research 22: Publishing coaching research 23: Dramatic representation of coaching research 24: Integrating research in coaching education