Analysis of the assumptions and paradigms underpinning research and the application of those assumptions to a design for independent research.
What questions do researchers interested in physical education and sport and exercise sciences ask? Why do they ask these questions? And how do they answer them? This paper introduces students to constructing knowledge and the processes of researching in physical education and sport and exercise sciences. The paper covers the spectrum of philosophy, theory, methods and craft used to conduct and present research in physical education and sport and exercise sciences. Topics covered in the paper include:
- Research paradigms
- Reviewing and analysing research literature
- Designing robust research projects
- Preparing research proposals
- Presenting research proposals
|Paper title||Research Design and Analysis|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,120.42|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,368.00|
- 54 200-level PHSE points
- This is a demanding 300-level paper for students interested in undertaking independent research. Prospective students should have performed above average in their 200-level papers and have a keen interest in, and be motivated toward, research.
- More information link
- View more information on the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences' website
- Teaching staff
- Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Professor Doug Booth
- There is no compulsory text book. The course outline provides a list of readings (book chapters and journal articles) for each topic and each lecture. Readings are available online and/or through the course reserve section in the library.
- Paper Structure
- Most classes will consist of three components: theory, craft and practice.
Topics in the theory component include:
- The disciplines and sub-disciplines of physical education, sport and exercise science
- The essentiality of context
- Historical and political foundations of research in New Zealand physical education and sport and exercise science
- The nature of quantitative research
- The nature of qualitative research
- Research paradigms
- Conceptualising the body in physical education, sport and exercise science
- Reference management software
- Reviewing literature
- Evaluating research literature
- Effective writing
- Supervision and supervisors
- Research ethics
- Research grants and proposals
- Oral presentations
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork, Life-long learning.
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- Learning Outcomes
- On completion of the paper students should:
- Understand the philosophical foundations of research processes
- Be able to identify and evaluate different kinds of research designs
- Be able to identify the steps in the scientific method of research (including notions of validity, reliability and trustworthiness)
- Be able to critically evaluate research in physical education, sport and exercise science
- Be able to demonstrate generic research skills, such as critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and communication
- Understand the ethics of research involving human subjects