"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.
Initially trained as a geographer, Jonathan has now been researching in the field of leisure studies for 30 years. Prior to joining Leeds Metropolitan University, he was Research Director at the Tourism and Recreation Research Unit and the Centre for Leisure Research in Edinburgh. His experience embraces all stages of the research process from design to dissemination and his research utilises both quantitative and qualitative research techniques. He has extensive experience of managing external contracts having now directed or jointly directed some fifty projects. In the past he has also chaired the management committee of Theatre Workshop (Edinburgh) and been on the marketing and promotion working group for Jazz Platform. Jonathan was also a founding member of the Editorial Board of the journal, Leisure Studies, and has been its Book Reviews Editor and Managing Editor. He is an Academician of the Academy for Learned Societies in the Social Sciences and a member of the Accreditation Panel for the Racial Equality Standard for Professional Football Clubs.
Wanting to Know Ways of Knowing, Ways of Seeing Finding What is Already There - and Putting It to Use Subjects, Respondents, Participants and Collaborators Social Surveys Setting Questions Interviewing - Openness with a Sense of Purpose Observation Techniques - Using Your Eyes and Ears Interpreting Texts Evaluation Techniques Analysing Quantitative Data Analysing Qualitative Data Data Display The Responsibilities of the Researcher Ways of Seeing, Ways of Thinking Ways of Writing and Communicating