You are here

Researching Leisure, Sport and Tourism
Share

Researching Leisure, Sport and Tourism
The Essential Guide



May 2007 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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 richly flavored book immediately engages the reader by using subject-specific examples and explaining 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. It will quickly establish itself as the key methods guide in the field.
 
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

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... well conceived and easy to read and understand.

Annals of Tourism Research

I like this book very much. 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. Though the author eschews a recipe book approach there is a nice balance between reflecting on method and showing the reader how to do research through a pragmatic, best practice approach.

Malcolm Williams
University of Plymouth

An essential text for Leisure, Sport and Sport Tourism students!

Miss Engela Van der klashorst
biokinetics, sport and recreation, University of Pretoria
December 12, 2013

Excellent demonstration of how the research process is applied.

Ms Jane Warren
Academic, SHRM College
November 9, 2012

A good, accessible book with a good range of empirical methods. Have passed onto colleagues in my office.

Dr James Cherrington
Sport and Active Lifestyles, Sheffield Hallam University
August 30, 2012

The book is well written and each chapter helps to reinforce the lecture programme for the modules Research Skills and Work-based Project.

Mr Paul Waltham
Sport and Exercise, North Lindsey College
September 1, 2011

Good entry level text that new students on Lv 4 will really appreciate. Clearly written in a style that aids understanding and will develop their knowledge and ability to apply research techniques to this subject

Mr Shane Thurlow
HE Sport, Bishop Burton College
May 10, 2011

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, hence, it is ideal for those who are not familiar with reseach in those fields.

Dr Miyoung Oh
Department of Sport, Sheffield Hallam University
January 20, 2011

A very well written book, and will be very useful for, not only students on my module, but the majority of the tourism programme within the University.

Mr John Newby
Department of Tourism, Sunderland University
September 14, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF of Chapter One

PDF of Chapter Two

PDF of Chapter Three


Preview this book

For instructors

Review and Desk copies for this title are available digitally via VitalSource.

Request e-review copy

If you require a print review copy, please call: (800) 818-7243 ext. 6140 or email textsales@sagepub.com.

Select a Purchasing Option

Electronic version
Prices from
$44.00

Paperback
ISBN: 9780761944546
$55.00

Hardcover
ISBN: 9780761944539
$135.00

This title is also available on SAGE Research Methods, the ultimate digital methods library. If your library doesn’t have access, ask your librarian to start a trial.