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Designing and Conducting Research in Health and Human Performance

ISBN: 978-0-470-40480-5
352 pages
August 2011, ©2011, Jossey-Bass
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Designing and Conducting Research in Health and Human Performance shows students how to become effective producers and consumers of health and human performance research. The book provides comprehensive coverage of both quantitative and qualitative research methods and includes step-by-step guidance for writing effective research proposals and theses. In addition, the authors show how to read, assess, interpret, and apply published research and how to conduct basic studies in health, physical education, exercise science, athletic training, and recreation.

Designing and Conducting Research in Health and Human Performance is filled with illustrative examples that emphasize the real-world applications of research methods. Throughout, the authors draw on a variety of examples that were selected because they provide a context to further the understanding of health and human performance research.

Research to Practice examples and Tips are included by the authors to help students better appreciate the book's content. These study aids provide suggestions and additional resources to assist students in understanding the research process. Key Terms, defined and highlighted, enrich each chapter. Chapter Review Questions, designed to help students comprehend and follow best practices in research methods, close each chapter. Online resources and guides developed by the authors to support and enhance students' learning of important research concepts are available.

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Tables and Figures.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

The Authors.

Part 1: Understanding Important Research Concepts.

1. Introduction to Research in Health and Human Performance.

What You'll Learn.

Defining the Research Process.

Research Continuum: Applied and Basic Research.

Summary.

Review Questions.

Key Terms.

2. Concepts in Research Designs.

What You'll Learn.

Overview of Research Designs.

Understanding Research Variables.

Measuring Research Variables.

Interpreting Research Designs.

Summary.

Review Questions.

Key Terms.

Part 2: Reviewing the Literature.

3. Developing Your Research Topic and Interpreting Research Reports.

What You'll Learn.

Identifying the Problem.

Accessing Sources.

Reading and Interpreting Research Reports.

Summary.

Review Questions.

Key Terms.

4. Writing the Review of Literature.

What You'll Learn.

Developing an Outline.

Writing Scientifically.

Summary.

Review Questions.

Key Terms.

Part 3: Understanding and Developing Research Designs.

5. Quantitative Research Designs.

What You'll Learn.

Descriptive Research Designs.

Experimental Research Designs.

Correlation Research Designs.

Summary.

Review Questions.

Key Terms.

6. Qualitative Research Designs.

What You'll Learn.

Characteristics of Qualitative Research.

Procedures in Qualitative Research.

Types of Qualitative Research Designs.

Summary.

Review Questions.

Key Terms.

7. Mixed-Methods and Action Research Designs.

What You'll Learn.

Overview of Mixed-Methods Research Designs.

Framework for Mixed-Methods Research Designs.

Action Research.

Summary.

Review Questions.

Key Terms.

8. Ethics in Research.

What You'll Learn.

Ethics Within Research.

Summary.

Review Questions.

Key Terms.

9. Developing Your Research Proposal.

What You'll Learn.

Sampling.

Writing Your Introduction.

Developing Your Methods.

Summary.

Review Questions.

Key Terms.

Part 4: Exploring Measurement and Analysis.

10. Validity, Reliability, Objectivity.

What You'll Learn.

Validity Concepts.

Reliability Concepts.

Objectivity Concepts.

Summary.

Review Questions.

Key Terms.

11. Introduction to Statistics and Hypothesis Testing.

What You'll Learn.

Introduction to Statistics.

Descriptive Statistics.

Hypothesis Testing.

Summary.

Review Questions.

Key Terms.

12. Quantitative Data Analysis.

What You'll Learn.

Inferential Statistics.

Examining Relationships.

Examining Differences.

Examining Type I and Type II Errors.

Summary.

Review Questions

Key Terms.

13. Qualitative Analysis: Interpreting the Data.

What You'll Learn.

Recording Your Data.

Managing Your Data.

Writing the Report.

Trustworthiness of the Data.

Summary.

Review Questions.

Key Terms.

Part 5: Putting it All Together.

14. Results and Discussion: Writing What You Found.

What You'll Learn.

Results Section.

Discussion Section.

Writing Your Abstract.

Summary.

Review Questions.

15. Presenting Your Research.

What You'll Learn.

Poster Presentations.

Oral Presentation.

Summary.

Review Questions.

Glossary.

References.

Index.

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Tracey Dexter Matthews, DPE, is professor and department chair in the Exercise Science and Sports Studies Department at Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Kimberly T. Kostelis, DPE, is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut.

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