"Good entry level text that new students will really appreciate. Clearly written in a style that aids understanding and will develop their knowledge and ability to apply research techniques." - Shane Thurlow, Bishop Burton College "Essential elements associated with research in the fields of leisure, sport and tourism are introduced and explained in a clear manner. This book is informative and easy to read... ideal for those who are not familiar with research in those field." - Miyoung Oh, Sheffield Hallam University "This book would be useful for any leisure, sport, or tourism student who has no previous knowledge of research methods. Its style and language make it particularly useful for first year students in degree or diploma programs." - Annals of Tourism Research "The style of writing is wonderfully clear and the author explains areas such as sampling and significance in a much better way than many very well known texts. It will be an incredibly useful book for students." - Malcolm Williams, University of Plymouth What are the essential research methods for students studying leisure, sport and tourism? What are the main benefits in competing research methods, and how can you avoid gremlins in the research process? This is a comprehensive and informative book written especially for new and inexperienced researchers in the fields of leisure, sport and tourism. Unlike generic research texts that do not 'speak' to people in this field, this book uses subject-specific examples and explains the central methodological issues in straightforward terms. By showing students what they can do to assess, manage and reduce the time they spend on research Researching in Leisure, Sport and Tourism: The Essential Guide will help them achieve a better balance in their course work.
This landmark publication brings together some of the most perceptive commentators of the present moment to explore core ideas and cutting edge developments in the field of Leisure Studies. It offers important new insights into the dynamics of the transformation of leisure in contemporary societies, tracing the emergent issues at stake in the discipline and examining Leisure Studies’ fundamental connections with cognate disciplines such as Sociology, Cultural Studies, History, Sport Studies and Tourism. This book contains original work from key scholars across the globe, including those working outside the Leisure Studies mainstream. It showcases the state of the art of contemporary Leisure Studies, covering key topics and key thinkers from the psychology of leisure to leisure policy, from Bourdieu to Baudrillard, and suggests that leisure in the 21st century should be understood as centring on a new ‘Big Seven’ (holidays, drink, drugs, sex, gambling, TV and shopping). No other book has gone as far in redefining the identity of the discipline of Leisure Studies, or in suggesting how the substantive ideas of Leisure Studies need to be rethought. The Routledge Handbook of Leisure Studies should therefore be the intellectual guide of first choice for all scholars, academics, researchers and students working in this subject area.
What are the challenges and potential pitfalls of real research? What decision-making process is followed by successful researchers? The Research Process in Sport, Exercise and Health fills an important gap in the research methods literature. Conventional research methods textbooks focus on theory and descriptions of hypothetical techniques, while the peer-reviewed research literature is mainly concerned with discussion of data and the significance of results. In this book, a team of successful researchers from across the full range of sub-disciplines in sport, exercise and health discuss real pieces of research, describing the processes they went through, the decisions that they made, the problems they encountered and the things they would have done differently. As a result, the book goes further than any other in bringing the research process to life, helping students identify potential issues and problems with their own research right at the beginning of the process. The book covers the whole span of the research process, including: identifying the research problem justifying the research question choosing an appropriate method data collection and analysis identifying a study’s contribution to knowledge and/or applied practice disseminating results. Featuring real-world studies from sport psychology, biomechanics, sports coaching, ethics in sport, sports marketing, health studies, sport sociology, performance analysis, and strength and conditioning, the book is an essential companion for research methods courses or dissertations on any sport or exercise degree programme.
Statistical Package for the Social Sciences is the most widely used statistical software for data analysis in sport and exercise science departments around the world. This book is the first guide to SPSS that employs examples directly from the field of sport and exercise. Using a variety of screenshots, figures and tables, this book demonstrates how students can open data files from different programmes, transform existing variables, compute new variables, split or merge data files, and select specific cases, as well as how to create and edit a variety of different tables and charts. The book uses clear step-by-step demonstrations to show how students can carry out and report a number of statistical tests. Offering a comprehensive guide to SPSS functions, the book also explains the unavoidable jargon that come with some statistical tests, and gives examples of how different statistical tests can be incorporated in sport and exercise studies. This book will be of great interest to any student wanting to learn about the features of SPSS.
A Dictionary of Key Social Science Research Concepts
Author: Robert Lee Miller
Category: Social Science
The A-Z is a collection of entries ranging from qualitative research techniques to statistical testing and the practicalities of using the Internet as a research tool. Alphabetically arranged in accessible, reader-friendly formats, the shortest entries are 800 words long and the longest are 3000. Most entries are approximately 1500 words in length and are supported by suggestions for further reading.
SPSS 12 Made Simple provides a step-by-step coverage of every aspect of data analysis with SPSS from data entry to interpretation of the output. As well as advice on data entry and checking, there is guidance on the best ways of describing a data set and the choice of an appropriate statistical technique. Finally, the output is fully explained, with reference to fully annotated SPSS output. Extensive illustrations show exactly what is on the screen at every stage of the process, helping the reader to avoid common pitfalls and check their progress along the way. Most chapters end with practical exercises to illustrate the main points raised and allow the reader to test their understanding; but there is a final general revision section with further exercises on a range of topics. In view of the recommendations of the American Psychological Association, the book now contains advice on strength of effect, power and sample size. There is also guidance on how to report the results of statistical tests in journal articles. This new edition is written with the same clarity that has made the book such a success in the past. The initial chapters provide an introduction to the basics of SPSS, such as data entry, followed by more advanced techniques, such as sorting, case selection, aggregation and file merging. In these early chapters, the emphasis is upon checking the accuracy of data entry and exploring the data thoroughly before making any formal statistical tests. There is also extensive coverage of the powerful new graphics capabilities of SPSS 12. Each of the later chapters is devoted to a particular statistical technique. SPSS 12 Made Simple: *Covers a wide range of statistical tests including t-tests, ANOVA, correlation, regression, multi-way frequency analysis, discriminant analysis, logistic regression and factor analysis. *Shows you how to get as much out of your data as possible. *Gives advice (with appropriate cautions and caveats) on choosing a statistical test. *Makes extensive use of annotated screen snapshots of SPSS output, windows and dialog boxes. *Includes both chapter-specific and general exercises. *Has a comprehensive index.
In the decade or more since publication of the first edition of Understanding Sport, both sport and wider global society have undergone profound change. In this fully updated, revised and expanded edition of their classic textbook, John Horne, Alan Tomlinson, Garry Whannel and Kath Woodward offer a critical and reflective introduction to the relationship between sport and contemporary society and explain how sport remains an important agent and symptom of socio-cultural change. Fully integrating historical, sociological, political and cultural analysis, the book covers every key topic in the study of sport and society, including: debate, interpretation and theory sport and the media sport and the body sport and politics commercialization globalization. Retaining the accessibility and scholarly rigour for which Understanding Sport has always been renowned, this new edition includes entirely new chapters on global transformations, sports mega-events and sites, sporting bodies and governance, as well as a succinct guide to researching sport. With review and seminar questions included in every chapter, plus concise, helpful guides to further reading, Understanding Sport remains an essential textbook for all courses on sport and society, the sociology of sport, sport and social theory, or social issues in sport.
Accra City Guide-The Indispensable Companion, is an updated version of "The City of Accra- A Pictorial Visit," an essential guide with comprehensive and thoroughly researched information specifically designed for the needs of potential tourists, business travellers, students and researchers. Written by a local host, this guide contains a comprehensive amount of information on the city, covering: History and contemporary culture and life of Accra Extensive coverage of the development of the city and its various suburbs Essential practical information on health and safety issues, transportation, communication, banking and currency exchange. Wide range of restaurants, and standard accommodations suitable for Kings, dignitaries and weary travellers alike Bustling markets, shops and various leisure destinations Historic landmarks and monuments Highlights of some of Ghana's unmissable tourist attractions like: Kakum National Park, and Ancient forts and castles of Cape Coast Beautiful, full-colour photographs and maps Directory of business services, leading organizations and government agencies all packed in this beautiful guide to provide you with the essential information you need for your visit. AKWAABA!!! (Welcome!!!)