Video Transcript: Tip #5: Dissertation Writing Tips: Chapter 5: Analysis of Results

Hello and welcome back!  My name is Dr. Cheryl Lentz, owner of The Refractive Thinker® Press. Today our focus for Tips for Post Graduate Writing is on the analysis and discussion of the results of your research study, Chapter 5 in the Graduate Thesis format and for most Doctoral Dissertations.

The purpose of Chapter 5 is: What does it all mean?  The goal of Chapter 5 is to analyze and discuss your findings as presented in Chapter 4, to offer to your reader the broader context of your contribution: Why is what you found important and relevant to your audience, your sample population, and the general body of knowledge?  Why should we care?

Remember the focus here is to now offer analysis and discussion of your findings, to place into proper context of your literature review and theoretical framework and to wrap up your overall study with the appropriate elements that comprise a conclusion section.

What is the purpose?

Analysis and discussion of the data results (Plano Clark & Creswell, 2011, p. 353).

Our goal for chapter 5 is four fold:

(1) To provide your interpretation of the results

(2) To return to the original purpose and problem statement to offer reflection and context

(3) To cohesively bring together all previous chapters to discuss the strengths and weaknesses to help readers understand your study’s overall meaning and implications

(4) To offer recommendations for further study

Think of this presentation from your reader’s point of view.  Chapter 4 presents the results, while Chapter 5 offers what these results may mean. **Organization is key to the success of these chapters.

*Remember that each chapter must have its own introduction and conclusion.

Plano Clark, V. L., & Creswell, J. W. (2010). Understanding research: A consumer’s guide. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

As with Chapters 1-4, each chapter must always present an introduction (which introduces your chapter and your writing objectives), body paragraphs (which cover the details), and conclusion (which reviews the main points as offered by your chapter as well as reviews the writing objectives from your introduction to prove that these expectations have been met). For our final chapter 5, we must also present a conclusion for the overall study as well as a review of the overall writing objectives for the study as we bring your study to a final close.

Be sure to integrate all 4 chapters in your chapter 5, as this is your final opportunity to bring your study full circle and offer your reader the significance of your findings meant to justify the importance of why you began this quest back in chapter 1.

Let me once again invite you to find at least three sample studies from your respective university that mirrors your study for you to closely follow its logic, format, and overall organization, presentation, subheading titles, and perhaps design.

Our purpose for Chapter 5 is to complete the story that your problem statement began where your data offers your study discussion of findings, analysis, relationship of your findings to your original research questions, limitations of your study, as well as to offer a framework of interpretation of how these results relate back to your initial problem statement, and purpose statement, and then offer recommendations for future research.  Remember to include both a summary and a conclusion and be sure to  clearly understand the difference between these two writing fundamentals.

Congratulations!  You have now completed your academic research study of either the doctoral dissertation or graduate thesis.  Kudos to you!

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Thank you for joining me.  Again my name is Dr. Cheryl Lentz. I have enjoyed our time together and I hope you find these suggestions for this 5-part series for crafting an effective doctoral dissertation or graduate thesis within this video helpful. Much continued success and luck to you as your academic and professional journeys continue.


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February 14th, 2011 by admin

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