New problems, new challenges: embracing innovative approaches to sport research

Skinner, James, and Engelberg, Terry (2018) New problems, new challenges: embracing innovative approaches to sport research. Sport in Society, 21 (2). pp. 179-184.

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Sport research should systematically advance knowledge about the discipline and thus be relevant to both academics and practitioners. Research methods play an important role in advancing knowledge, and continuous efforts to develop and apply new research methods are essential for sport research to capture the complexities of the contemporary sporting landscape (Smith & Stewart, 2010). Important but complex research issues have emerged as sport continues to globalize and further embed itself in the social, cultural and economic fabric of society. In many cases, addressing these research problems challenges research designs and methods in which sport researchers have been trained. However it is clear that when investigating the diverse, complex and changing contemporary field of sport we need to recognize there is no longer a methodology that meets the needs of all sport related research (Hoeber & Shaw, 2017).

Item ID: 51633
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1743-0445
Keywords: research methods; sport research; ethnography; qualitative methods; mixed methods
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This work has also been published in the book Skinner, James, and Engelberg, Terry (2018) Research Methodologies for Sport Scholarship. Sport in the Global Society: contemporary perspectives . Routledge, Abingdon, UK and is available at the related URL.

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