Factors Influencing Women 's Participation

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The purpose of this study is to identify and analyse the factors that influence women’s participation in sports. The study is to enable me classify these factors into the facilitators and obstacles to women’s participation in sports. To achieve this, I participated in various sports activities which granted me the opportunity of: “learning from people” rather than “studying the people” as posited by (Spradley 1979:3). This chapter explicitly presents the specific research techniques that was used for the study. The techniques include: the study design and method, sampling, sampling units, data collection, my personal experience, data recording, ethics and expectation. The study design and methods This ethnographic study involves the use…show more content…
Sampling Unit and Size The sampling units was made up of professional/elite athletes and amateur/ recreational athletes (fans, sponsors, teachers, coaches, officials, manager, players, media, scouts, family and friends please refer to appendix A for more details, who were either active (competitive) or passive (non-competitive) and 18 years and above. Data was collected from participants over a period of 3 months (from May 4 to August 17). A total of 70 participants took part in the research. Data Collection In the field, ‘’data collection methods and technique, and analyses are the fundamental elements of ‘’doing ethnography’’ (Bickman and Rog 2009:544). Social researchers generally rely on primary and secondary sources of data [Ranjit 1996]. This ethnographic study, relied on secondary data to supplement the primary data (Gill and Johnson 2010). Secondary data came from books, articles, journals and the internet. Three primary data collection techniques were used. These were interviews, observation and auto ethnography. Secondary Data ‘’Secondary data is simply a reference to existing data, as compared to new data that are being collected, or have been recently collected’’ (Whitehead 2005). Prior to going to the field to collect primary data, I embarked on an extensive exploration, for data already existing on the study topic, population, and setting being studied. In this study, relevant secondary data came from books, articles, journals
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