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Transcript of Research Proposal
Investigate why current competitive female cricketers participate in cricket
Analyse girls' perceptions and attitudes towards cricket and the various influences on their participation
Look at the factors which influence girls’ decisions to start and continue playing cricket
Is of interest to Cricket New South Wales and will assist with future planning and provide greater information as to ‘why’ girls play cricket Thank-you!
QUESTIONS? Laura Douglas Investigating factors
girls’ participation in
competitive cricket Problem Statement and
Background to the Research Proposed Timeframe Significance This study will:
Provide information and recommendations for Cricket New South Wales and the cricket community
Assist planning and future development of girls cricket
Pinpoint areas where successful participation was facilitated and areas that demand re-establishment.
Provide answers to the plateau of girls’ participation in competitive cricket
Allow for further development and planning to be implemented to boost participation rates of females in competitive cricket Girl’s participation in sport has been of major interest for both sporting organisations and as part of lifelong participation in active pursuits. In nationally representative and longitudinal surveys among school-aged children, boy’s participation rates in sports compared with girls are much higher (Coleman, Cox & Roker 2008). References Coleman, L, Cox, L & Roker, D 2008, ‘Girls and young women’s participation in physical activity: psychological and social influences’, Health Education Research, vol.24, no.4, pp633-647.
Creswell, JW 2009, Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches, 3rd edn, SAGE Publications, California.
Cricket New South Wales 2012, Cricket NSW School Engagement Strategy 2012/13, Author, Sydney.
Morse, JM 1991, ‘Approaches to qualitative-quantitative methodological triangulation’, Nursing Research, vol.40, no.1, pp123-123. Proposed Methodology and
Research Design The issues with teenage and adolescent female participation are often associated specifically with ‘male dominated’ sports. Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) (2012) figures demonstrate that male participation rates in cricket are significantly higher than female despite promotion of cricket programs for young girls and greater success of female teams (Cricket New South Wales 2012). Combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies can extend the scope and depth of understanding, hence a mixed methods approach will be used to capture the factors influencing girls’ participation in cricket.
The purpose of this design is “to obtain different but complementary data on the same topic” (Morse 1991, p122) to best understand the research problem.
The Concurrent Triangulation Strategy will be used to gain broader perspectives and to enrich the description of the sample participants (Creswell 2009; Morse 1991).
However there is no literature to support why girls choose or don’t choose to play cricket. Detailed explanations as to why girls elect to participate in cricket are unclear. Hence, further research is needed in order to provide greater information as to why girls participate in cricket, the influences and the barriers. Results/Findings SURVEY SEMI-STRUCTURED FOCUS
Mixed Methods Research Design:
Strategy Data Collection
Semi-Structured Focus Group Interview and Survey
The following table provides a realistic timeframe for the project: