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Engaging participants in qualitative research: methodological reflections on studying active older lives in Scotland and Australia

Tulle, E and Palmer, C ORCID: 0000-0001-8345-7556 2020 , 'Engaging participants in qualitative research: methodological reflections on studying active older lives in Scotland and Australia' , Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health , pp. 1-15 , doi: 10.1080/2159676X.2020.1812700.

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Abstract

Deliberations on methodology in qualitative research have typicallyoffered guidance for increasing involvement by subjects or focus on thereasons why people choose not to take part in the research. This paperprovides a different contribution to advancing knowledge and practice inqualitative methodologies. It examines the reasons why people choose toparticipate in qualitative research. Drawing together our reflections onthree research projects with older athletes in Australia and Scotland, thepaper examines: the importance of shared insider experience and physicalcapital by the researchers and participants alike, participant empowerment and enthusiasm to share their passion as older athletes and; theopportunity for the research to counter perceptions of invisibility – ofleisure interests, older people and active older women more particularlyas key factors in engaging participants in the research process.Specifically, we link the sociological concept of capital and the notion ofthe gambit to qualitative studies in sport, health and leisure. Asa sociological reflection on both the design and methods of qualitativeresearch and the subjective experiences of our participants, the researchhas wider significance and application to critical qualitative methodologies more broadly and investigations of older people’s leisure experiencesmore specifically.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Tulle, E and Palmer, C
Keywords: qualitative research, physical capital, cultural capital, recruitment strategies, social change
Journal or Publication Title: Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 2159-676X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/2159676X.2020.1812700
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