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

Research Principles and Practices

Paving the Research Journey

chapter |11 pages

Positioning Yourself as a Researcher

Four Dimensions for Self-Reflection

part |173 pages

Selecting the most Appropriate Method(s)

chapter |14 pages

Reviewing Literature

chapter |15 pages


chapter |13 pages

Case Study Research

chapter |12 pages

Narrative Research Methods

Where the art of Storytelling Meets the Science of Research

chapter |13 pages

Action Research in Physical Education

Cycles, not Circles!

chapter |13 pages

Visual Methods in Coaching Research

Capturing Everyday Lives

part |27 pages

Data Analysis – Consider it Early!

part |22 pages

Communicating your Research