Research Methods for Sports Studies

2nd Edition

By Chris Gratton, Ian Jones

© 2003 – Routledge

304 pages

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Paperback: 9780415493932
pub: 2009-12-01
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About the Book

This comprehensive and accessible textbook offers 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 analysing data, to reporting the research, all of which is richly illustrated with sport-related case-studies and examples. The book covers key topics such as:

- conceptual Models

- qualitative research methods

- choosing an appropriate research design

- undertaking a literature review

- the key research methods such as questionnaires, interviews, content analysis and ethnographic studies.

- analysing data, including an introduction to SPSS, as well as guides to descriptive and inferential statistics

- writing a research report

- the internet as a research tool

A much needed book with no competitor titles, this should be essential reading for all undergraduates in sports studies.


'Clear and simple prose, inexpensive, and, if (like me) it was sport that got you here in the first place, perhaps well worth the small extravagance of purchase.' - Lawrence F Locke, Unlock Research -

'This has to be one of the most reasonably priced research texts to appear in recent years… Scattered throughout every chapter are "Case Study" boxes, each drawn from the sport literature. Brief, simple, transparent, and focused precisely on the point at hand, the cases are both functional as exemplers and entertaining and informative as well.' - Unlock Research (Research textbook of the month, December 2003)

'A very useful text that deserves to be read widely and should be made one of the compulsory introductory texts for students and researchers in the sports studies field .' - European Physical Education Review

Table of Contents

Preface 1. What is Research? 2. Research Traditions 3. The Research Process 4. Research Questions, Aims and Objectives 5. Reviewing the Literature 6. Theories, Concepts and Variables in Sport Research 7. Research Designs 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 a Research Report 15. Sports Research and the Internet 16. Student Issues 17. Bibliography 18. Journals publishing sports-related research 19. Glossary

About the Originator

Ian Jones

Bournemouth, Dorset, United Kingdom

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General