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Dissertations 5: Findings, Analysis and Discussion: Discussion


Discussion in section-based dissertations

As with all other chapters, the discussion chapter differ according to the discipline and structure of your dissertation. If the dissertation is organised by sections, the discussion chapter(s) could contain the following : 

  • Group your findings into themes; synthesise your findings.
  • Interpret the findings. What patterns do they reveal? Do they shed new light on the subject? 
  • Critically analyse the findings by linking them to the background research. Are the findings consistent with existing research, theories, established practices? Do they present anything unusual? 
  • Assess the importance of your study and how it’s filled a gap in your field.
  • If using a research question: state explicitly how your research has answered the research question! Reiterate your argument. 
  • If using an hypothesis: state explicitly if your findings support or not your research hypothesis!
  • Identify possible implications of your findings for your area and other areas of study.
  • Present a critique of your research in terms of methodology, limitations etc. If the hypothesis was not supported, consider reasons why this was the case (Cottrell, 2014, p192). 

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