The research project is a major component of most higher education sport courses. While undertaking a research project can be an exciting and rewarding experience, it can all too easily lead to stress and disappointment. Mistakes made early in the process - in the design of experiments, for example - can lead to frustration later on. This accessible book guides students through the process, from the initial stages of research (identifying problems and designing questions) right through to the presentation of their findings.
Chris Lynch teaches at Sheffield College, where he is lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science. He has extensive experience of teaching research methods to students on higher education courses and supervising their research projects. Chris is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of BASES. He is also an avid follower of sport and a poor 5-a-side footballer.
Part 1: Getting to the start line Your research project and this book Getting to the start line: the basis of research Identifying problems and developing the research question Searching for and reading research to write a literature review Designing an experiment Non-experimental research Writing the why Part 2: You're off! You're off: making ethics applications Writing the how Data analysis Part 3: Crossing the finish line Writing what you have found Writing the so what Crossing the finish line Appendix: writing-up checklist