Challenging Assumptions about, in, and through Research: Identity Politics and Research in HPERD

By Henderson, Karla A.; Zwiren, Linda D. et al. | Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, March 2000 | Go to article overview

Challenging Assumptions about, in, and through Research: Identity Politics and Research in HPERD


Henderson, Karla A., Zwiren, Linda D., Del Rey, Pat, Ogelsby, Carols, Cruz, Luz, Yilla, Aim, DePauw, Karen P., Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport


The purpose of this session is to identify, and challenge, assumptions of HPERD research. Panelists will engage in dialogue about the assumptions of different identities (e.g., gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, class, age, multiple identities) and their influence upon the research design, methodology and results. This session will provide a forum through which participants can become critically engaged in understanding the assumptions about, in, and through research and the impact upon this research and to promote actively meaningful, emancipatory research.

Assumptions in HPERD Research: The Phantom Menaces

Karla A. Henderson, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Researchers make explicit and implicit assumptions in the studies they undertake. Implicit assumptions may be valid, but they also should be scrutinized. This presentation will deconstruct the hidden and potentially problematic assumptions which HPERD researchers make related to the roles of the researcher and the researched, and the links between epistemology and methodology.

Dichotomous Variables in Research: Yes, No But No Maybe

Linda D. Zwiren, Hofstra University

Are you still using Spearman-rank correlation instead of multivariate statistics? Why are we still conducting research that compares male to female participants; able-bodied to disabled; young to old; African American to Caucasian Americans? Are all overfat individuals unhealthy: Why isn't research devoted to trying to identify all variables that determine an outcome? Have we examined the most relevant variables in our research? Have we looked at achieving a goal using multiple pathways? What defines efficient versus inefficient? Have we narrowed our viewpoint by the research that has historically been done?

Bending Gender and Twisted Assumptions?

Pat Del Rey, University of Georgia

Historically, HPERD research has been based upon underlying assumptions regarding gender and performance. What are these assumptions? Are they valid? How have these assumptions influenced HPERD research and current knowledge base. In what ways has recent feminist research provided us with tools to critique HPERD research?

Identity Dynamics and Empty Categories in Sport Psychology Research

Carols Ogelsby, Temple University

Piaget's classic research on cognitive development highlighted the reciprocal processes of assimilation and accommodation. In accommodation, a presently constructed cognition is altered to better conform to a new perceived reality.

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