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Research Methods in Physical Activity Hardcover – 1 Aug 2005

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"Renowned scientists, researchers, and writers Thomas and Nelson have authored a valuable resource for beginning and advanced graduate students and professionals. Research Methods in Physical Activity contains the essential information written in an easily comprehended manner that readers will appreciate. Avoiding an anxiety-laden tone often found in books about research methodologies, the authors instead put readers at ease, then supply them with the requisite tools for reading, conducting, and utilizing research. Research Methods in Physical Activity, unique for its stylistic and inviting presentation, is a book students will both enjoy and understand. Buy two copies: one for professional use and the other to give anyone who has appreciation for scientific methodologies generously laced with intelligent humor. It is rare to find textbook authors who write both competently and with humor as Thomas and Nelson have done!"Darrell Crase, PhDProfessor, The University of Memphis (review of the third edition)

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Jerry R. Thomas, EdD, is professor and chair of the department of health and human performance at Iowa State University. Besides writing the previous editions of this book, Thomas has authored more than 200 publications, 87 of which are data-based refereed publications, with numerous contributions in research methods. Awarded the C.H. McCloy Lecturer in 1999, based on his career research production, Thomas has served as editor in chief for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport and as a reviewer for most major research journals in kinesiology and numerous journals in psychology. He has also served as president of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, of the AAHPERD Research Consortium, and of the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. He was named an AAHPERD Alliance Scholar in 1990 and NASPSPA Distinguished Scholar in 2003, based on lifetime achievement in research. Jack K. Nelson, EdD, is professor emeritus in the department of kinesiology at Louisiana State University. Nelson conducted and published research and taught research methods for 35 years. He has advised more than 50 doctoral dissertations and more than 50 masters' theses focused on the research process. In addition, he has more than 80 publications and has served as editor of research publications. A fellow in the Research Consortium, he has been a member of AAHPERD, the American Educational Research Association, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He has also served as president of the Association for Research, Administration, Professional Councils and Societies (now AAALF) and as vice president of AAHPERD. Stephen Silverman, EdD, has taught and written about research methods for over 20 years. He is a professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and he has conducted research on teaching in physical education focusing on how children learn motor skill and develop attitudes. He has published more than 50 research articles in addition to many books and book chapters. Silverman is a fellow of both the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Research Consortium. A former coeditor of the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education and current editor in chief of the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Silverman was the American Educational Research Association Physical Education Scholar Lecturer and a Research Consortium Scholar Lecturer and Weiss Lecturer for AAHPERD.


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This is a well written and fairly comprehensive book that manages to cover all aspects of research design, as well as statistical concepts. As a Sports Science student, I have found this book invaluable in pulling together the ideas and statistical concepts that are necessary for a student to have a good overview of this subject. It is written in a style that has included humour, which is a bonus in what is essentially quite a dry scientific subject. I have found this book to be of great help in understanding and becoming more competent in deciding what is an apropriate research design, and choosing the correct statistical test. I would recommend this book to any Sports Science student!
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This book gives a clear definition on the way to go about setting up and carrying out a research project. Guides you step by step with easy to follow examples. It is excellent for post-grad work and should also be of value to the smarter undergrad student. Although the lengthy reading may seem boring it is in essence what research protocol is all about.
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I bought this book some time ago on the recommendation of my supervisor. I have now completed my MPhil on ICT in Physical Education. Having done the research 300 miles away from the university, this book was my first port of call over and above the internet. Although it lacks depth at times (It could not inform me of the significance of low r values for example), it sets you off on the right lines. I agree with the other review that states that this is a well written book. It is very clear to follow and understand the concepts. This was placed on top of my desk and I don't think a day went by without me needing to thumb through it.
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Couldn't locate this book in the library for my MSc course as all copies were loaned out. Found it in Amazon World of Books for 2.5 quid. What a great deal. Looks and feel like new though advertised as used.
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The book is in good condition, the contents are well organised and presented in a comprehensible manner, even for the novice reader. The book did not arrive by the 20th of January, but did turn up a week or so later, and provided the necessary information, so we are essentially satisfied and have no complaints.
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