Research Methodology in Sport Sciences II

Academic year
Subject Area
Sport Sciences
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
3rd Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Good English skills  and general knowledge of research methods.

Teaching Methods

Theoretical practices, individual and group tasks specific to the content, reading books, book chapters and articles, access and use of specific databases.

Learning Outcomes

This course addresses the issue of research methods in social sciences and humanities, with emphasis on the aspect related to the qualitative analysis of data and the different stages of a research paper, finishing with an approach to key skills of writing scientific papers.

Work Placement(s)



1. Reasons to perform a qualitative research: strengths and differences.

2. Traditions of qualitative research: ethnography, phenomenology, life histories and narratives.

3. Outlining a qualitative research: Definition of field research, access to information, roles and relationships in the field of research, data collection, leaving the field pesquisa.

4. Data collection: interviews, reports, newspapers, observation, physical artifacts.

5. Strategies for data analysis: Content, structure and form, creative analytical practices.

6. Representation of results: realistic tales, religious tales, auto ethnography, poetic representations, etnodrama, ethnographic fiction and creative nonfiction.

7. Ethical dimensions of qualitative research: Consent, relationship management, justice, respect, empathy, trust and good relationship.

8. Judging Criteria: Validity, reliability and "generalizability."

Head Lecturer(s)

Paula Cristina Vaz Bernardo Tavares

Assessment Methods

Project: 100.0%


Ralph L. Rosnow and Mimi Rosnow. (2006). Writing papers in psychology: a student guide to research reports, literature reviews, proposals, posters, and handouts. Australia ; Belmont, CA : Thomson/Wadsworth.

Kuhn, T. (2009). A estrutura das revoluções científicas. Lisboa: Guerra & paz.

Uwe Flick (1998). An introduction to qualitative research. London : SAGE.

David Silverman (2005). Doing qualitative research : a practical handbook. London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications

Field, A., Hole, G. (2003). How to design and report experiments. London: SAGE

 Tashakkori, A., Teddlie, C. (2009). Foundations of mixed methods research: integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches in the social and behavioral sciences. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE.

Lawrence F. Locke, Waneen Wyrick Spirduso, Stephen J. Silverman (1993). Proposals that work : a guide for planning dissertations and grant proposals. Newbury Park : SAGE

Creswell, J. (1998). Qualitative inquiry and research design : choosing among five traditions. Thousand Oaks : Sage Publications.

Davies, C. A. (2008). Reflexive Ethnography: a guide to researching selves and others. Abingdon, OX.: Routledge

Creswell, J. W. (2003). Research design : qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Thousand Oaks : Sage.

Kjell Erik Rudestam, Rae R. Newton (1992). Surving your dissertation : a comprehensive guide to content and process. Newbury Park : SAG

Phillips, E.M. & Pugh, D.S. (2000). How to get a PhD: A handbook for students and their supervisors (3rd. Ed.) Buckingham: Open University Press.