Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word rough draft of the fifth chapter of your master’s thesis, the discussion chapter.
“The second section in Chapter Five is the Discussion (this section usually
does not have a level heading). One way to organize this section is to use
the three parallel ladders strategy. Write the discussion of the results or findings
in the same order they were reported in Chapter Four. For example,
if you reported quantitative data for various measurement instruments in
Chapter Four, then the discussion for each measurement instrument would
be written as a subsection in Chapter Five (see Figure 9.1 for the three parallel
ladders strategy for Chapters Four and Five). Similarly, if you reported
qualitative data by major themes or patterns, then the discussion for each
major theme or pattern would be a subsection in Chapter Five. Finally, if
you reported qualitative data by research questions, then the discussion for
each research question would be a subsection in Chapter Five.
In the discussion for each subsection, include a summary of the major
findings and a brief interpretation of the findings. This section is usually
difficult for students because for the last four chapters, you were asked to
minimize your personal interpretations of the findings. I usually receive first
drafts of this section that look exactly like what was reported in Chapter
Four because students do not feel like they have anything “new” to add
or permission to discuss their interpretation of the results. Remember, you
have already reported the results in Chapter Four, so you do not need to
repeat that information here. Instead, report a summary or synthesis of the major results. The summary should help to answer the research questions.
If appropriate, you can include the research questions here as a reminder
for yourself and the reader.
After the summary of the major results, provide a brief interpretation
of the results. For this process, ask yourself, “What factors from the
study could have contributed or influenced these results?” This is where
the “interpretation” part comes in except that the “interpretation” is not
based on pure conjecture. Instead, it is based on your knowledge of what
occurred during the research study.”
I also added an extra $20 to complete a short abstract as well. The instructions for the abstract are below.
“The next page is the abstract. The abstract is a brief (usually between
150 to 250 words) summary of the thesis. While it is brief, the abstract
should also be comprehensive in describing the purpose, participants,
methods, and major results/conclusions. The title “Abstract” is centered,
but the text is flushed to the left margin.”