This is the first research methods book to focus entirely on physical education and youth sport. It guides the reader through the whole research process; from the first steps to completion of a dissertation or practice-based project, and introduces key topics such as:

  • formulating a research question
  • qualitative approaches
  • quantitative approaches
  • mixed method research
  • literature review
  • case studies
  • survey, interviews and focus groups
  • data analysis
  • writing the dissertation.

Each chapter includes a full range of useful pedagogical features, including chapter summaries, practical activities, case studies, dialogues with active researchers and guidance on further reading and resources. With contributions from some of the world’s best-known researchers in the field, this book is indispensible reading for all students and professionals working in physical education, youth sport, sports coaching and related subjects.

part |49 pages

Planning the Research Process

chapter |13 pages

What is Your Research Question – and Why?

ByKathleen Armour, Doune Macdonald

chapter |13 pages

Research Principles and Practices

Paving the Research Journey
ByDoune Macdonald, Louise McCuaig

chapter |11 pages

Positioning Yourself as a Researcher

Four Dimensions for Self-Reflection
ByJuan-Miguel Fernández-Balboa, Nathan Brubaker

chapter |10 pages

What Counts as ‘Good' Research?

ByStephen Silverman, Eve Bernstein

part |81 pages

Methodology: the Thinking Behind the Methods

chapter |13 pages

Thinking about Research Frameworks

ByRichard Tinning, Katie Fitzpatrick

chapter |13 pages

Conducting Ethical Research

ByJan Wright, Gabrielle O’Flynn

chapter |16 pages

Qualitative Approaches

ByPeter Hastie, Peter Hay

chapter |11 pages

Quantitative Approaches

ByBeverley Hale, Dudley Graham

chapter |14 pages

Is Mixed Methods the Natural Approach to Research?

ByStephen Gorard, Kyriaki Makopoulou

chapter |12 pages

Listening to Young People's Voices in Physical Education and Youth Sport Research

ByEimear Enright, Mary O’Sullivan

part |173 pages

Selecting the most Appropriate Method(s)

chapter |14 pages

Reviewing Literature

ByThomas J. Templin, Gemma Pearce

chapter |14 pages

Experimental Research Methods in Physical Education and Sports

ByLeen Haerens, Isabel Tallir

chapter |11 pages

Measurement of Physical Activity

ByStewart G. Trost, Kelly Rice

chapter |15 pages


ByHans Peter Brandl-Bredenbeck, Astrid Kämpfe

chapter |15 pages

Observational Studies

ByMarie Öhman, Mikael Quennerstedt

chapter |13 pages

Case Study Research

ByKathleen Armour, Mark Griffiths

chapter |20 pages

Interviews and Focus Groups

ByCatherine D. Ennis, Senlin Chen

chapter |12 pages

Narrative Research Methods

Where the art of Storytelling Meets the Science of Research
ByKathleen Armour, Hsin-heng Chen

chapter |13 pages

Action Research in Physical Education

Cycles, not Circles!
ByAnthony Rossi, Wah Kiat Tan

chapter |13 pages

Visual Methods in Coaching Research

Capturing Everyday Lives
ByRobyn Jones, Sofia Santos, Isabel, David Gilbourne

chapter |19 pages

Grounded Theory

ByNicholas L. Holt, Camilla J. Knight, Katherine A. Tamminen

chapter |11 pages

Discourse Analysis and the Beginner Researcher

ByKathy Hall, Fiona C. Chambers

part |27 pages

Data Analysis – Consider it Early!

chapter |12 pages

Analysing Qualitative Data

ByPeter Hastie, Olga Glotova

chapter |13 pages

Analysing Quantitative Data

ByBeverley Hale, Alison Wakefield

part |22 pages

Communicating your Research

chapter |10 pages

Effective Research Writing

ByDavid Kirk, Ashley Casey

chapter |10 pages

The Dissertation

ByLisette Burrows, Fiona McLachlan, Lucy Spowart