Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

An Assessment of Statistical Data Analysis Techniques Employed in the Journal of Sport Management: 1987-2002. (Sport Management/Administration)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

An Assessment of Statistical Data Analysis Techniques Employed in the Journal of Sport Management: 1987-2002. (Sport Management/Administration)

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The purpose of this investigation was to examine statistical data analysis techniques utilized in the Journal of Sport Management (JSM).JSM was selected because it is the official research publication of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). It is the primary publication outlet for research of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in higher education throughout North America. All articles appearing in JSM from January 1987 to October 2002 were examined in this investigation. However, the type of articles selected for analyses were primary quantitative data base articles (i.e., those which used some type of numerical data analysis technique). The number of articles reviewed was 263. Of this amount 145 (55.1%) utilized quantitative data base techniques; 13 (5.0%) qualitative data base techniques; 5 (1.9%) utilized both quantitative and qualitative techniques; and 100 (38.0%) were coded as primarily scholarly review essays. For each of the quantitative articles, a coding process was utili zed that involved the following steps: (a) reading the article, (b) deciding whether a technique was considered primary in answering the study's research purpose(s), research question(s) and/or research hypothesis(es), and (c) categorizing each technique by level of statistical procedure (basic, intermediate, or advanced) as recommended by Goodwin & Goodwin (1985). …

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