How to write an effective discussion dean r hess phd rrt faarc introduction elements to include in the discussion state the major findings of the study explain the meaning of the findings and why the findings are important relate the findings to those of similar studies consider alternative explanations of the. Yet, arguably the most difficult part of writing your dissertation awaits: your discussion, the place where you sew up the various threads of your research into a cohesive narrative this is not the time to when he defended his master's thesis, his committee told him his conclusions went too far out on a limb he used more. The notion of fledging and taking off might be a metaphor for writing the thesis the thesis stage signifies that it's now time to take wing – to be your own expert, to fly where no other researcher has flown before and nowhere is this more so than in the 'discussion' section or sections by 'discussion' i mean. These recommendations probably apply more to discussion essays than they do to other kinds of assessed writing at university for example, if as well as having an overall conclusion to your dissertation or thesis, each chapter should also have a conclusion (as well as an introduction) the reason for. 73 using the discussion section local context: • find out what is required of you do you have to write a separate discussion chapter should it include direct links to existing literature or is this to be done in a subsequent section • are there written guidelines on what is required • can you look at examples produced by.
On twitter this week two people asked me for advice for starting the discussion chapter of their thesis / dissertation (i'm going to use the word thesis from now on because i am australian) i didn't feel up to answering in 140 characters or less, so i promised a post on it today if you are feeling anxious about. This article gives doctoral dissertation students valuable guidance on how to go about writing their discussion chapter the article starts by outlining the main goals and writing approaches then the article explains 12 specific steps to take to write an effective discussion chapter. You finish your dissertation with a conclusion and a discussion these are two different sections, but sometimes difficult to separate.
I noticed that the discussion chapter is one of the hardest to write, especially when you are so close to the results and your head is wrapped up in all the data writing the discussion chapter requires taking a few big steps back and seeing the big picture for that reason, i often write it. 6 general conclusions and discussion 61 introduction in this chapter, the main findings with regard to the research questions are summarised and general conclusions based on the findings of the studies presented in this thesis are described furthermore, the strengths and limitations of this thesis are considered and. In your discussion you must draw together your research question and your own research results if the discussion is in a self-contained chapter or section you will need to briefly summarise the major findings that come from the research and relate them to what you originally proposed to find out if your research is testing a.
When writing a dissertation or thesis, the results and discussion sections can be both the most interesting as well as the most challenging sections to write you may choose to write these sections separately, or combine them into a single chapter, depending on your university's guidelines and your own preferences. So, you've got most or all of your results, and now you have to discuss them, which is why this section is called the discussion it is also the most important section of your thesis, because it is where you give meaning to your results this is probably why many students struggle when it comes to writing their discussion.
The zombie thesis by @thesiswhisperer are you currently writing your discussion chapter how's it going have you been there and done it please do share your thoughts and experiences if you're not there yet, have you given your discussion chapter much thought how are you feeling about it. Chapter five conclusion, discussion, and future work this chapter summarizes the thesis, discusses its findings and contributions, points out limitations of the current work, and also outlines directions for future research the recognition and interpretation of drawing symbols for functional spaces in freehand sketches has. Who is the course for this is for phd students working on a qualitative thesis who have completed their data collection and analysis and are at the stage of writing up the materials should also be useful if you are writing up a 'mixed- methods' thesis, including chapters of analysis and discussion of qualitative data.