Research Methods in Physical Activity

ISBN-10: 0736056203

ISBN-13: 9780736056205

Edition: 5th 2005 (Revised)

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Many students fear and loathe research methods classes, which conjure up images of musty, dusty books, boredom, and confusion. Students have a welcome surprise waiting for them with Research Methods in Physical Activity, Fifth Edition, as the text effortlessly guides them through the research process.This latest edition of this internationally recognized textbook does not rest on its laurels as the leading research methods text. The authors have updated the resource in order to provide the following benefits:--Shed new light on the research process, particularly regarding use of library facilities-Enhance students' understanding of basic statistical calculations and the relevance of their uses-Present a major revision to the chapter on qualitative research and contributions from eminent scholars to the chapters on historical, epidemiology, and philosophic research-Increase students' understanding of how to write research reports-Carry the readers through the book by introducing three graduate students studying research methods, one of whom brings a special comical spin to the materialIn addition, the text presents a new chapter on using power to plan and interpret research and provides information on traditional perspectives and alternative approaches to the research process. As a result, readers--understand the essentials of the research process;-appreciate statistical analyses common to research studies;-learn the basics of planning research and linking appropriate statistical packages with specific research designs;-discover how to bring together all the components of the research process and lay them out, in appropriate formats, for dissemination to user groups; and-gain access to a variety of tools to present or reinforce concepts presented in the book.Research Methods in Physical Activity, Fifth Edition, retains its strengths from the previous edition. The text is arranged in four parts that systematically guide the reader through the research process. It introduces readers to statistical and measurement issues in research and presents various types of, and approaches to, research. The new edition helps readers understand the complete research process, and it thoroughly arms them with practical research tools. For instructors teaching a research methods course, an instructor guide, test package, and presentation package specific to the textbook are available.Research Methods in Physical Activity, Fifth Edition, demonstrates that research processes are not to be feared. To the contrary, they are useful tools to be used by students and professionals. This point is emphasized as authors regularly use humorous anecdotes, sketches, and corollaries to enliven the reading and drive home key points. This text removes the fear and confusion often associated with the research process and shines a light on all the aspects of research that readers need to know-whether it's reading, understanding, planning, carrying out, writing, or presenting research.
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List price: $81.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 7/26/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 1.24" tall
Weight: 3.652

Overview of the Research Process
Introduction to Research in Physical Activity
The Nature of Research
Unscientific Versus Scientific Methods of Problem Solving
Alternative Models of Research
Types of Research
Overview of the Research Process
Developing the Problem and Using the Literature
Identifying the Research Problem
Purpose of the Literature Review
Basic Literature Search Strategies
Steps in the Literature Search
Presenting the Problem
Choosing the Title
Writing the Introduction
Stating the Research Problem
Presenting the Research Hypothesis
Operationally Defining Your Terms
Basic Assumptions, Delimitations, and Limitations
Justifying the Significance of the Study
The Differences Between the Thesis and the Research Article
Formulating the Method
How to Present Methodological Details
Why Planning the Method Is Important
Two Principles for Planning Experiments
Describing Participants
Describing Instruments
Describing Procedures
Describing Design and Analysis
Establishing Cause and Effect
Interaction of Participants, Measurements, and Treatments
Ethical Issues in Research and Scholarship
Seven Areas of Scientific Dishonesty
Ethical Issues Regarding Copyright
Model for Considering Scientific Misconduct
Working With Faculty
Protecting Human Participants
Protecting Animal Subjects
Statistical and Measurement Concepts in Research
Becoming Acquainted With Statistical Concepts
Why We Need Statistics
Use of Computers in Statistical Analysis
Description and Inference Are Not Statistical Techniques
Ways to Select a Sample
Justifying Post Hoc Explanations
Difficulty of Random Sampling and Assignment: How Good Does It Have to Be?
Unit of Analysis
Measures of Central Tendency and Variability
Basic Concepts of Statistical Techniques
Statistical Issues in Research Planning and Evaluation
Meaningfulness (Effect Size)
Using Information in the Context of the Study
Reporting Statistical Data
Relationships Among Variables
What Correlational Research Investigates
Understanding the Nature of Correlation
What the Coefficient of Correlation Means
Using Correlation for Prediction
Partial Correlation
Uses of Semipartial Correlation
Procedures for Multiple Regression
Multivariate Forms of Correlation
Differences Among Groups
How Statistics Test Differences
Types of t Tests
Interpreting t
Relationship of t and r
Analysis of Variance
Analysis of Covariance
Experimentwise Error Rate
Understanding Multivariate Techniques
Nonparametric Techniques
Chi Square: Testing the Observed Versus the Expected
Procedures for Rank-Order Data
Differences Among Groups
Measuring Research Variables
Methods of Establishing Reliability
Intertester Reliability (Objectivity)
Standard Error of Measurement
Using Standard Scores to Compare Performance
Measuring Movement
Measuring Written Responses
Measuring Affective Behavior
Scales for Measuring Affective Behavior
Measuring Knowledge
Item Response Theory
Types of Research
Historical Research in Physical Activity
Research Paradigms
Lines of Inquiry and Topics
Designing the Research
Working With the Evidence
Philosophic Research in Physical Activity
Identifying the Purposes of Philosophic Research
Locating a Research Problem
Analyzing a Research Problem
Research Synthesis (Meta-Analysis)
Using Meta-Analysis to Synthesize Research
Presenting Effect Size Data
The Survey
The Questionnaire
The Delphi Method
The Personal Interview
The Normative Survey
Other Descriptive Research Methods
Developmental Research
The Case Study
Job Analysis
Observational Research
Unobtrusive Research Techniques
Correlational Research
Physical Activity Epidemiology Research
Observational Versus Experimental Research
What Is Epidemiology?
Physical Activity Measurement Definitions
Assessment of Physical Activity
Epidemiologic Study Designs
Reading and Interpreting a Physical Activity Epidemiologic Study
Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research
Sources of Invalidity
Threats to Internal Validity
Threats to External Validity
Controlling Threats to Internal Validity
Controlling Threats to External Validity
Types of Designs
Qualitative Research
Contrasting Characteristics of Qualitative and Quantitative Research
Procedures in Qualitative Research
Analysis of the Data
Concluding Remarks
Writing the Research Report
Completing the Research Process
Research Proposal
Developing a Good Introduction
Describing the Method
The Proposal Process
Preparing and Presenting Qualitative Research Proposals
Writing Proposals for Granting Agencies
Submitting Internal Proposals
Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation
Results and Discussion
How to Handle Multiple Experiments in a Single Report
How to Use Tables and Figures
Ways of Reporting Research
Basic Writing Guidelines
A Brief Word About Acknowledgments
Thesis and Dissertation Format: Traditional Versus Journal
Helpful Hints for Successful Journal Writing
Writing Abstracts
Making Oral and Poster Presentations
Statistical Tables
A Brief Historical Overview of Research in Physical Activity in the United States
Sample Consent Forms
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