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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

A well written, informative book. Cleverly structured and contextually relevant for the Sport and Exercise undergraduate.

Mrs Valerie Ritchie-Littler
Physical Education, The Manchester College
January 26, 2015

Good support for any research unit. Nice method for making it relevant 'Why is this relevant to me' and 'show me how its used'

Miss Hanna Storey
Sport and Public Services, NEW College Pontefract
October 13, 2014

Good initial research methods book. Suitable for sports science and sports therapy students

Mr André Santos Magalhaes
School of Sport & Exercise Sciences, University of Kent
February 7, 2014

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.

Mr Phil Barter
School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University
October 30, 2013

What a helpful book! This will be the 'friend ' to many undergraduate student looking for clarification.

Mrs Helen Hazelwood
Department of Education, St Mary's University College
May 23, 2013

Great for undergraduate students

Dr Philippa Velija
Other, York St John University College
April 16, 2013

Still prefer Thomas and Nelson (HK) and Field, A (Sage)

Mr Adrian Scruton
Faculty of Science & Technology (Cambridge), Anglia Ruskin University
February 14, 2013

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

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