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Research Partnerships in Sport for Development and Peace: Challenges, Barriers, and Strategies

Jon Welty Peachey and Adam Cohen

Research partnerships between scholars and sport for development and peace (SDP) organizations are common, but firsthand accounts of the challenges and barriers faced by scholars when forming and sustaining partnerships are rare. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine them, and to uncover strategies to overcome these challenges across different partnership contexts. Eight prominent SDP scholars were interviewed. Guided by collaboration theory and the partnership literature, findings revealed challenges included navigating the political and organizational landscape; securing commitments from organizations with limited resources; negotiating divergent goals, objectives, and understandings; and conducting long-term evaluations and research. Strategies to address these issues involved developing strategic partnerships, cultivating mutual understanding, building trust, starting small, finding the cause champion, and developing a track record of success. Key theoretical and practical implications are drawn forth, as well as intriguing future research directions.

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Curriculum Intervention Research as a Source of Knowledge of Most Worth

Ang Chen, Bo Shen, and Xihe Zhu

A major portion of Catherine Ennis’s scholarship and career was devoted to developing culturally relevant physical education curricula for K–12 students. She held a strong conviction that the efficacy of a curriculum lies in its ability to enhance students’ knowledge and skills of most worth for their lives. The approach she adopted for curriculum development is an evidence-supported curriculum-design process through which a curriculum is put to the rigorous process of intervention research to determine its efficacy. In this article the authors reflect on the experiences they had with her in these curriculum interventions, share the ideas and practices in the research as Ennis envisioned, and discuss challenges and solutions in conducting large-scale, school-based curriculum intervention studies.

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Creating Academic and Health Care Partnerships that Impact Public Health

Peter W. Grandjean, Burritt W. Hess, Nicholas Schwedock, Jackson O. Griggs, and Paul M. Gordon

Kinesiology programs are well positioned to create and develop partnerships within the university, with local health care providers, and with the community to integrate and enhance the activities of professional training, community service, public health outreach, and collaborative research. Partnerships with medical and health care organizations may be structured to fulfill accreditation standards and the objectives of the “Exercise is Medicine®” initiative to improve public health through primary prevention. Barriers of scale, location, time, human resources, and funding can be overcome so all stakeholder benefits are much greater than the costs.

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Localizing Global Sport for Development

Michael Dao

country of England. Future researchers may need to disregard formal roles and position themselves as genuine colleagues or friends with local community members. One critique of the book is that from a methodological standpoint the authors could have provided more guidance on the research partnerships and

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University–Organization Collaboration in Sport for Development: Understanding Practitioners’ Perspectives and Experiences in Research and Evaluation Partnerships

Meredith A. Whitley, Jon Welty Peachey, Julia Leitermann, NaRi Shin, and Adam Cohen

study. Future research should certainly examine research partnerships in other geographic areas. Procedures Following Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, potential organizations were identified through a range of methods, from personal contacts to email lists to databases (e

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Quantifying Physical Demands in the National Basketball Association—Challenges Around Developing Best-Practice Models for Athlete Care and Performance

Blake D. McLean, Donald Strack, Jennifer Russell, and Aaron J. Coutts

improve player health and broaden medical knowledge on the condition that the NBPA will be provided with notice prior to any such access and gives its consent. 24 This provision allows for research partnerships with external organizations such as universities. Although these partnerships are becoming

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Experiences of Undergraduates Publishing Biomechanics Research

Stuart A. McErlain-Naylor

–student research partnerships have potential extrinsic (eg, acceleration in research productivity 5 – 7 ) and intrinsic (eg, motivation and enjoyment 6 , 8 ) benefits for staff and institutions, this study will focus on the experiences of students in such partnerships. Several frameworks have presented the ways in

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Assessing Relationships Between Physical Development and Other Indicators of School Readiness Among Preschool Students

Paul M. Wright, Lauriece L. Zittel, Tawanda Gipson, and Crystal Williams

,058 children in the half-day and full-day sessions. Participation in this study was part of a broader research partnership agreement between the agency and Northern Illinois University which was approved by the latter’s institutional review board. Under this broader agreement, the parents of the participants

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Exploring the Potential Value of Self-Study to Support Coach Learning

Anne O’Dwyer and Richard Bowles

.M. , & Madrigal , L. ( 2018 ). The need for creative and collaborative research partnerships: A response to Evans et al . International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 13 ( 3 ), 439 – 440 . doi:10.1177/1747954118771184 10.1177/1747954118771184 Walker , L.F. , Thomas , R. , & Driska , A

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Promoting Physical Activity and Executive Functions Among Children: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial of an After-School Program in Australia

Sanne L.C. Veldman, Rachel A. Jones, Rebecca M. Stanley, Dylan P. Cliff, Stewart A. Vella, Steven J. Howard, Anne-Maree Parrish, and Anthony D. Okely

students from the University of Wollongong who were involved as the volunteer coaches. This project was funded through the University of Wollongong Research Partnerships Grant Scheme. The authors have no competing interests to declare in relation to this project. Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials