Research can be a challenging but rewarding activity. All degree-level students studying sport, and all effective professionals working in the sport sector need to have a sound understanding of research methods and how to critically interpret research findings. This broad-ranging, in-depth and practical textbook introduces research methods for students on sport-related degree courses, outlining the knowledge and practical skills needed to undertake meaningful research and to become a knowledgeable consumer of the research of others.
The book explores every element of the research process, from the fundamental ‘what, why and who?’ questions, through research plans, literature review, qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and data analysis, to the communication of research results. It offers a critical appraisal of alternative methods, including mixed methods, as well as clear guidance on how to use each particular method. Every chapter contains test questions and practical exercises, detailed case studies, a clear chapter summary and extensive guides to further sport-related study resources, to enable students to check their understanding and develop, extend and apply their practical skills. Step-by-step introductions to the use of the key statistical packages Excel, SPSS and NVivo in sport research are included. On-line support materials include some 400 PowerPoint slides and copies of data-sets used in the book.
With deeper and broader coverage than any other sport-related research methods textbook, and a clear focus on ‘how to do it’, Research Methods for Sport Studies and Sport Management is an essential companion for any sport-related degree course.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Preparation 1. Introduction to research: what, why and who? 2. Approaches to sport studies research 3. Starting out: research plans and proposals 4. Research ethics 5. The range of research methods 6. Reviewing the literature Part 2: Data Collection 7. Secondary data: sources 8. Observation 9. Qualitative methods: data collection 10. Questionnaire surveys: typology, design, etc. 11. Experimental methods 12. Case study method 13. Sampling: quantitative and qualitative Part 3: Data Analysis 14. Analysing secondary data 15. Analysing qualitative data 16. Survey analysis 17. Statistical analysis Part 4: Communicating Results 18. Preparing a research report
A.J. Veal is Adjunct Professor in the Business School at the University of Technology, Sydney and previously worked in the University of Birmingham and the then Polytechnic of North London. He is past president of the (UK) Leisure Studies Association and of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies and well known for his writing in the fields of leisure, sport and tourism, including co-authorship of The Olympic Games: A Social Science Perspective.
Simon Darcy is Professor of Events, Sport and Tourism in the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney. He is a mixed-methods and interdisciplinary researcher with interests in sport event legacies, sport tourism, inclusive organisational practices, disability sport and volunteer management. He has published in Sport Management Review, Journal of Sport Management, European Sports Management Quarterly, Event Management and Disability & Society, is co-author of Benchmark Games: The Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, and has produced sport research reports commissioned by government, commercial and not-for-profit organisations.
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