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Research Methods for Sports Studies

2nd Edition

By Ian Jones

Routledge – 2010 – 304 pages

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Description

This comprehensive, accessible and practical textbook provides a complete grounding in both qualitative and quantitative research methods for the sports studies student. The book offers the reader a step-by-step guide to the research process, from designing a research project, to collecting and analyzing data, to reporting the research, and is richly illustrated throughout with sport-related case-studies and examples from around the world. Now in a fully revised and updated new edition, the book covers key topics such as:

  • choosing an appropriate research design
  • undertaking a literature review
  • key research techniques, including questionnaires, interviews, content analysis and ethnographic studies
  • data analysis, including an introduction to SPSS, as well as guides to descriptive and inferential statistics
  • writing a research report
  • ethical issues in sports research.

Research Methods in Sports Studies is designed to be a complete and self-contained companion to any research methods course and contains a wealth of useful features, such as highlighted definitions of key terms, revision questions, practical research exercises, and a companion website with web links, multiple choice questions, powerpoint slides, and other learning resources. The book is also an invaluable reference for any student undertaking a dissertation or research project as part of their studies.

Visit the companion website at: www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415493932

Contents

1. What Is Research? 2. The Research Process 3. Research Traditions 4. Research Questions, Aims and Objectives 5. Reviewing the Literature 6. Theories, Concepts and Variables 7. Research Designs for Sport Studies 8. Collecting Data I: The Questionnaire Survey 9. Collecting Data II: Research Interviews 10. Collecting Data III: Unobtrusive Methods – Observation and Content Analysis 11. Collecting Data IV: Ethnographic Research in Sport 12. Analysing Data I: Quantitative Data Analysis 13. Analysing Data II: Qualitative Data Analysis 14. Writing the Research Report 15. Practical Issues

Author Bio

Chris Gratton is Professor of Sports Economics and Director of the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Ian Jones is Associate Dean for Sport, the Centre for Event and Sport Research, Bournemouth University, UK.

Name: Research Methods for Sports Studies: 2nd Edition (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Ian Jones. This comprehensive, accessible and practical textbook provides a complete grounding in both qualitative and quantitative research methods for the sports studies student. The book offers the reader a step-by-step guide to the research process, from...
Categories: Research Methods, Qualitative methods in sport, Quantitative methods in sport, Sport and Leisure Management, Sport and Leisure Studies, Research Methods - Soc. Policy, Sports and Leisure, Sports Development, Physical Education, Sociology of Sport