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Key Concepts in Sport and Exercise Research Methods

Key Concepts in Sport and Exercise Research Methods

  • Michael Atkinson - University of Toronto, Canada, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, McMaster University, Canada, University of Western Ontario, Canada, Loughborough University, UK

November 2011 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"What a helpful book! This will be a 'friend ' to many undergraduate students looking for clarification."
- Helen Hazelwood, St Mary's University College

"This is a great book that really helps the students understand research and the complex processes that can often daunt even the most intelligent students."
- Phil Barter, Middlesex University

"Few can bring research methods to life like Mike Atkinson. His breadth of research interests and experience mean he can introduce you to all you need to know and inspire you to get down to doing some research yourself."
- Dominic Malcolm, Loughborough University

This book systematically demonstrates the significance and application of research methods in plain language. Written for students, it contains the core methodological concepts, practices and debates they need to understand and apply research methods within the field of sport and exercise. It provides a comprehensive panoramic introduction which will reassure and empower students.

Written by a leading academic and drawing on years of teaching experience, it includes carefully cross-referenced entries which critically engage with interdisciplinary themes and data. Each concept includes:

  • clear definitions
  • suggestions for further reading
  • comprehensive examples
  • practical applications

Pragmatic, lucid and concise the book will provide essential support to students in sports studies, sport development, sport and exercise science, kinesiology and health.

Academic Journals
Analytic Epidemiology
Applied versus Pure Research
Archival Research
Critical Theory
Descriptive Statistics
Discourse Analysis
Evaluation Research
Evidence-Based Research and Practice
Grounded Theory
Inferential Statistics
Interdisciplinary Research
Literature Reviews
Media Analysis
Populations and Samples
Quantitative versus Qualitative Research
Research Ethics
Research Proposals
Research Questions
Unobtrusive Methods
Visual Methods

This offers a clear and concise format for students to easily get to grips with fundamental research concepts.

Mrs Alison Cain
Department of Life Sciences, University of Hertfordshire
November 8, 2012

This is a really useful little book! I love the pattern of 'what is the concept', 'why is this relevant to me' etc - really excellent stuff.

Dr Don Vinson
Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Care, Gloucestershire University
November 1, 2012

This book is really engagingly written. I was considering making it the main textbook for my 1st year methods module, but it isn't really appropriate for that because it is written in the format of an encyclopedia. I would definitely consider buying a more traditional methods textbook from this author though.

Dr Vikki Boliver
School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University
October 9, 2012

Recommended to the Library

Mr Andy Freeman
School of Health & Social Care, Greenwich University
September 18, 2012

Good detailed book however students did not like due to layout

Miss Sarah Browne
School of Sport & Exercise Science, Worcester University
September 15, 2012

This is an excellent publication; well structured and ideal for sports and exercise students.

Dr Micheal Newell
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway
July 12, 2012

A very good book that will be recommended to our students and copies will be ordered for the library. We do not adopt books.

Ms Bettina Karsten
Life and Sports Science, Greenwich University
June 27, 2012

This is a very interesting book and will allow students to put various sections and topics within their undergraduate research into context.

It will be recommended that the Library purchase a limited number of copies.

Mr Roger Gossett
Faculty of Health Sciences, London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
April 16, 2012

This text provides a good overview for dissertation students. In addition the book should be highly recommended to level 2 students progressing into level 3 to obtain an understanding of the research process within Sport and Exercise

Mr Thomas Legge
HE Sport Science, Hartpury College
April 3, 2012

This is an excellent introductory text for students embarking on the study of research methods. There is good detail and examples, and an excellent revision text for those going to 'viva'.

Dr Damian Coleman
Sport Science, Tourism & Leisure Dept, Canterbury Christ Church University
March 6, 2012

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Chapter One

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