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.
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
Writing the why
Part 2: You're off!
You're off: making ethics applications
Writing the how
Part 3: Crossing the finish line
Writing what you have found
Writing the so what
Crossing the finish line
Appendix: writing-up checklist