On Twitter this week two people asked me for advice for starting the discussion chapter of their thesis / dissertation (I’m going to use the word thesis from now on because I am Australian).
I didn’t feel up to answering in 140 characters or less, so I promised a post on it today.
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The Third Edition of How to Write a Master's Thesis is a comprehensive manual on how to plan and write a five-chapter master’s thesis, and a great resource for graduate students looking for concrete, applied guidance on how to successfully complete their master's degrees.
While research methods and statistics courses may teach students the basic information on how to conduct research, putting it all together into a single project and document can be a challenge.In a conventional thesis, what we call the IMRAD type (introduction, methods, results, discussion and conclusion) the discussion chapter appears a discrete chapter.Before you worry about the discussion chapter too much, consider whether you need to treat the discussion as a separate section at all.Remember there are many ways to skin the discussion cat.For example, an artist may discuss each project and what it means separately.Author Yvonne Bui demystifies this process by integrating the language learned in prerequisite methods and statistics courses into a step-by-step guide for developing a student's own thesis or project.See what’s new to this edition by selecting the Features tab on this page.Many students try to make their research fit into the IMRAD format, when it is not appropriate to do so.I can be easy to feel ‘blocked’ if you are a non scientist trying to separate out the discussion from the rest of what you are writing.If you are feeling anxious about the discussion section rest assured you are not alone.It’s an issue that comes up time and time again in my workshops.