Mixed methods research techniques, combining both quantitative and qualitative elements, have become well established throughout the social, behavioural and natural sciences. This is the first book to focus on the application of mixed methods research in the movement sciences, specifically in sport, physical education and dance. Researchers and practitioners in each of these fields are concerned with the study of habitual behaviour in naturalistic contexts, and of the concurrent and sequential nature of events and states, precisely the kind of work that multi-method research design can help illuminate.
The book is arranged into four sections. The first provides a thorough overview of mixed methods procedures and research design, and summarizes their applicability to the movement sciences. The remaining sections then offer detailed case studies of mixed methods research in team and individual sports (analyzing hidden patterns of play and optimising technique); kinesics and dance (analyzing motor skills behaviour in childhood, and the complexity of motor responses in dance); and physical education (detecting interaction patterns in group situations, and optimizing non-verbal communication by teachers and sports coaches).
Mixed Methods Research in the Movement Sciences offers an important new tool for researchers and helps to close the gap between the analysis of expert performance and our understanding of the general principles of movement science. It is important reading for any student, researcher or professional with an interest in motor control, sport and dance pedagogy, coaching, performance analysis or decision-making in sport.
PART I. The mixed methods approach to research Chapter 1. Mixed methods procedures and designs for research on sport, physical education and dance - M. Teresa Anguera, Oleguer Camerino and Marta Castañer PART II. Team and individual sports Chapter 2. Detecting hidden patterns in the dynamics of play in team sports - Oleguer Camerino, Gudberg K. Jonsson, Pedro Sánchez-Algarra, Mª Teresa Anguera, António Lopes and Javier Chaverri. Chapter 3. Optimizing techniques and dynamics in individual sports - Oleguer Camerino, Xavier Iglesias, Alfonso Gutiérrez, Ivan Prieto, Jorge Campaniço and Mª Teresa Anguera PART III. Approaches to kinesics and dance Chapter 4. Extending the analysis of motor skills in relation to performance and laterality - Marta Castañer, Juan Andueza, Pedro Sánchez-Algarra and M.T. Anguera Chapter 5. Appraising choreographic creativity, aesthetics and the complexity of motor responses in dance - Marta Castañer, Carlota Torrents, Gaspar Morey and Toni Jofre PART IV. Assessing coaches, teachers and instructors Chapter 6. Optimizing verbal and nonverbal communication in physical education teachers, fitness instructors and sport coaches - Marta Castañer, Susana Franco, Jose Rodrigues and Catarina Miguel Summary
The Routledge Research in Sport and Exercise Science series is a showcase for cutting-edge research from across the sport and exercise sciences, including physiology, psychology, biomechanics, motor control, physical activity and health, and every core sub-discipline. Featuring the work of established and emerging scientists and practitioners from around the world, and covering the theoretical, investigative and applied dimensions of sport and exercise, this series is an important channel for new and ground-breaking research in the human movement sciences.