Qualitative forms of inquiry are a dynamic and exciting area
within contemporary research in sport, exercise and health.
Students and researchers at all levels are now expected to
understand qualitative approaches and be able to employ them in
their work. In this comprehensive and in-depth introductory text,
Andrew C. Sparkes and Brett Smith take the reader on a journey
through the entire qualitative research process that begins with
the conceptualization of ideas and the planning of a study, moves
through the phases of data collection and analysis, and then
explains how findings might be represented in various ways to
different audiences. Ethical issues are also explored in detail, as
well as the ways that the "goodness" of qualitative research might
be judged by its consumers.
The book is based on the view that researchers need to make
principled, informed and strategic decisions about what, why, when,
and how to use qualitative forms of inquiry. The nature of
qualitative research is explained in terms of both its core
assumptions and what practitioners actually "do" in the field when
they collect data and subject it to analysis. Each chapter is
vividly illustrated with cases and examples from published
research, to demonstrate different qualitative approaches in action
and their relative strengths and weaknesses. The book also extends
the boundaries of qualitative research by exploring innovative
contemporary methodologies and novel ways to report research
findings. "Qualitative Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and
Health" is essential reading for any student, researcher or
professional who wishes to understand this form of inquiry and to
engage in a research project within a sport, exercise or health
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