Research principles and practices: Paving the research journey

Macdonald, Doune and McCuaig, Louise (2012). Research principles and practices: Paving the research journey. In Kathleen Armour and Doune Macdonald (Ed.), Research methods in physical education and youth sport (pp. 16-28) London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203807170

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Author Macdonald, Doune
McCuaig, Louise
Title of chapter Research principles and practices: Paving the research journey
Title of book Research methods in physical education and youth sport
Place of Publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
DOI 10.4324/9780203807170
ISBN 9780415618847
Editor Kathleen Armour
Doune Macdonald
Chapter number 2
Start page 16
End page 28
Total pages 13
Total chapters 26
Collection year 2013
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Conducting research can be a complex, challenging, sometimes frustrating, and
hopefully rewarding experience, as we see in the quotes above. Doing research
in physical education and youth sport, as with any social process, is overlaid by
a research context that is frequently political, of public interest, and potentially
attracts a range of opinion. Much of this complexity can be attributed to physical
educarion and sport sitring at the intersection of differing expectations and
priorities related to physical activity, physical fitness, sparring success, health, body
weight and citizenship, to name a few. As indicated in this book, this also generates
research that draws on a range of theories and methods and must speak to a range
of audiences. Wharever question you choose to explore, the quotes above indicate
the excitement that may be felt as your research work contributes to knowledge
or the appreciation expressed by research participants who perceive that you
are trying to make a difference. Similar contributions are what may define your
research journey.
        This chapter discusses five guiding principles to assist you in navigating your
research activities, whether that research be related to teaching, coaching, children,
adults, the story of one, or the patterns of thousands. These principles have been
distilled from our own experiences as researchers and enriched by conversations with
our colleagues at the University of Queensland.
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