What issues could one have with the attached two sections? Do you foresee any issues in writing your outline? What do you think will be the more difficult sections? What are the strengths and weaknesses of your overall outline?
CHAPTER 4: RESULTS, ANALYSIS AND FINDINGS
The introduction for chapter 4 is clearly identifiable due to its location as the first
element of your chapter, so it does not need a separate title heading. In the introduction,
begin with a restatement of the problem. Then, turn to a brief overview of the chapter.
The purpose of this chapter is to summarize the collected data and describe the statistical
treatments and data analysis(es) performed.
Data Collection and Screening
Begin this section by reviewing a description of the sample. Include information
such as the sample size, description of participants, exclusions and justification for
exclusions from the sample, and procedure for missing data. Describe the data collection
process as in chapter 3, noting any variances from the proposed process. Summarize the
Describe the statistical treatments and data analysis(es) you performed in this
section. You should describe the analysis used to address each hypothesis and discuss
the results for each hypothesis. Include all relevant results, and state whether each null
hypothesis was rejected.
Discuss with your advisor the level of detail necessary in this chapter for
your particular dissertation. For quantitative studies, tables and charts can convey a
significant amount of information efficiently. Check that your table titles and figure
captions clearly convey content without having to read the accompanying text. For
qualitative studies, the results may include quotes from study participants.
State the results without any interpretation. Remember the purpose of this
chapter is to state the results of data collection and analysis. You will discuss the
implications of the data and results in chapter 5.
should end with a transition discussion to the next chapter.
CHAPTER 5: CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
The introduction for chapter 5 is clearly identifiable due to its location as the first
element of your chapter, so it does not need a separate title heading. Begin with a
restatement of the purpose of the study. Summarize your methods and procedures.
Mention your major findings in a summary of your results from chapter 4. Then, turn to
a brief overview of this chapter.
Discussion of Findings
Discuss and interpret your findings. Evaluate your results referring to your
hypothesis(es), objectives, and research questions. Assess your findings in light of the
literature reviewed in chapter 2, including references to those sources. Ensure that your
interpretations are justified and be ready to answer challenges to your speculations.
The conclusions should represent the contribution to knowledge you have made
through your study. As such, they should directly relate to your research questions and
objectives and significance of your study. This is the section where you can state your
opinion, using the data collected through your study to support that opinion. Discuss the
implications of your study for present and future research.
In this section you may recommend areas for further study, including suggesting
research questions or hypotheses for future research. In addition, you may recommend
practical applications of your research. Each recommendation should relate directly to
one of the conclusions you make above.