Go Stepwise to Write an Effective Discussion Chapter

The Discussion chapter in your dissertation is a critical part of it, as it carries a lot of weightage during the evaluation procedure. You not only interpret the findings of your research in this chapter, but also present your opinions and inform readers about the implications of your study. This chapter answers all those questions that you had asked in the Introduction chapter. Since it links all other chapters of your dissertation, it becomes important to pay attention to its organization and effectiveness. Check out how you may do so in a stepwise manner.

1. It is always better to organize specific content first and then move on to the general content. Thus, you should begin by discussing your findings and then moving on to discuss the related literature, theories and practices.

2. Make sure to write in the present tense and maintain consistency. Adopt the same perspective that you did while presenting questions in the Introduction chapter. You should also restate your hypotheses and answer all your questions.

3. Link your findings to your answers and give them a background with the existing literature. Go on discussing the way your results fit in this background. Use patterns and relationships to explain your findings. You may also direct readers to related figures and tables that explain your results better.

4. Do not skip any findings just because these were not statistically significant. Make sure to address all your results.

5. Use balanced arguments to defend your answers and also evaluate if there are any conflicting explanations. Even unexpected results should be carefully treated. This may make it a well-composed discussion.

6. You should then move on to the study’s limitations and show how they affected your findings. However, there is no need to be apologetic while discussing the limitations.

7. Finally, summarize your findings and their implications and offer suggestions for future research. Ensure to remain specific and concise white writing.

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