Designing and Conducting Research in Health and Human Performance, 2nd edition shows students how to become effective producers and consumers of health and human performance research. Like the first edition, this edition provides comprehensive coverage of both quantitative and qualitative research methods and includes step-by-step guidance for writing effective research proposals and theses. In addition, the authors show how to read, assess, interpret, and apply published research and how to conduct basic studies in health, physical education, exercise science, athletic training, and recreation. In this edition, the authors have also expanded areas of research design to include the PICO (patient problem or population, intervention, comparison, and outcomes) technique.
Designing and Conducting Research in Health and Human Performance, 2nd editionis filled with more up-to-date illustrative examples that emphasize the real-world applications of research methods. Throughout, the authors draw on a variety of examples that were selected because they provide a context to further the understanding of health and human performance research.
Research to Practice examples and Tips are included by the authors to help students better appreciate the book’s content. Additionally, new to this edition, is Pulse Check, which provides an opportunity for students to engage in critical thinking in all things research. These study aids provide suggestions and additional resources to assist students in understanding the research process. Key terms, defined and highlighted, enrich each chapter. The end of each chapter includes Applying What You Learned sections designed to help students comprehend and follow best practices in research methods. Online resources and guides developed by the authors to support and enhance students’ learning of important research concepts are available.
"Excellent introductory text that takes the students from the beginning review of literature, through the research design and analysis, all the way through to the final presentation of their results."- Daniel L. Carl, PhD University of Cincinnati
Part 1: Understanding Important Concepts
1. Introduction to Research in Health and Human Performance
2. Concepts in Research Designs
Part 2: Reviewing the Literature
3. Developing Your Research Topic and Interpreting Research Reports
4. Writing the Review of Literature
Part 3: Understanding and Developing Research Designs
5. Quantitative Research Designs
6. Qualitative Research Designs
7. Mixed-Methods and Action Research Designs
8. Ethics in Research
9. Developing Your Research Proposal
Part 4: Exploring Measurement and Analysis
10. Validity, Reliability, Objectivity
11. Introduction to Statistics and Hypothesis Testing
12. Quantitative Data Analysis
13. Qualitative Analysis: Interpreting the Data
Part 5: Putting It All Together
14. Results and Discussion: Writing What You Found
15. Presenting Your Research