Theory refers to established and emerging frameworks for conducting research. Theoretical paradigms underpin all research and are used to help researchers make decisions about the questions they ask, the methods they use and the interpretations they make. However, in adapted physical education research, scholars seldom report their theoretical position. This chapter provides an overview of two key ontological frameworks which underpin qualitative and quantitative research. We use these to discuss the necessity of acknowledging and engaging with theoretical debates for ensuring research quality. We conclude with some key questions to help researchers reflect on their own theoretical positions and how this can be used to inform future research.
|Title of host publication||Routledge Handbook of Adapted Physical Education|
|Editors||Justin Haegele, Samuel Hodge, Deborah Shapiro|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Jan 2020|
MAHER, ANTHONY., & Coates, J. (2020). Utilising theory to drive research in adapted physical education. In J. Haegele, S. Hodge, & D. Shapiro (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Adapted Physical Education Routledge.