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The Influence Of Autoethnography

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3.5.2.3 Autoethnography Autoethnography was the third primary data collection method I used. Autoethnography is a generic term (Kirk et al 2006:471) that refers to writing about the personal and its relationship to the culture, frequently in first-person voice (Ellis 2004:37-38). Autoethnography is a method of research (Hayler 2012:21) that serves as a source of cultural analyses through personal narrative (Boylorn and Orbe 2013:16-17). Participant observation and interviews gave me an understanding of what influenced individuals’ decisions to play and participate in sports. According to Bain (1995) autoethnography is an excellent means of enquiry into sports, physical activity and health. Autoethnography provides a more intimate understanding…show more content…
Then, I extracted and coded the terms that my participants used. I then summed the frequency of mention (how many times participants gave the term) and divided by the number of participants to get a percentage. The terms meant different things to different participants. As a result, the terms have varied significance to the participants. Some participants mentioned the term once, while others mentioned it many times. The percentage of responses reveal the factors participants identify as influencing their participation in sports. I read and reread the transcripts and field notes and extracted from them all the factors that participants identified. I listed first the factors a on a sheet of card board. I then ranked the factors on the basis of their frequency of mention, and this helped highlight the most influential and least influential factors impacting on participants’ participation in sport. For the purpose of demonstration, the frequency counts comprise responses from 70 participants in which participants identified more than one factor that influenced their participation in…show more content…
These headings or cover terms included: intrapersonal factors, interpersonal factors, environmental factors, financial influence, time and non-support. Under each heading/cover term (for example intrapersonal factors as demonstrated below), the listed items - included terms were placed under the correct cover term. I repeated the same process for each of the cover terms. I continuously sorted the cards into piles, and repeated the process until every listed item was sorted and I could not create new piles. Like all the included terms, participants used the terms fun, excitement and enjoyable interchangeably – the terms provided the same contextual meaning. In my analyses, the included term fun also mean excitement and enjoyment. I employed the same process to arrive at the five included terms shown below. The included terms: passion, confidence, fun, happiness and focus were linked to the cover term (intrapersonal factors) through a semantic relation (is a kind
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