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This presentation focuses on the role of Chapter 1 as the guiding element of your thesis/ dissertation. Its structure and the process to develop it are also discussed.

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    Chapter 1  The Lighthouse of Your Thesis/ Dissertation Chapter 1 The Lighthouse of Your Thesis/ Dissertation Presentation Transcript

    • Chapter  1:  The  Lighthouse   of  Your  Thesis  or   Dissertation  
    • Most  Common  Structure  of  a  Thesis   or  Disserta4on     Each  University  states  how  many  chapters  a  thesis/ disserta5on  should  have.  However,  there  are  five   main  parts  that  are  common.  They  are:   •  Introduc5on   •  Literature  review   •  Methodology   •  Findings   •  Discussion,  conclusions,  and  recommenda5ons  
    • Role  of  Each  Chapter  (I)   •  Introduc5on:  provides  a  precise  picture  of  what  the   thesis/disserta5on  is  about   •  Literature  review:  discusses  the  theories,  models,   approaches,  and  prior  research  that  serve  as  the   founda5on  of  the  study.  It  lets  us  be  aware  of  what   is  known  so  as  to  explore  the  unknown.   •  Methodology:  states  how  to  gather  and  analyze   data,  who  you  work  with,  and  why  you  do  it.  
    • Role  of  Each  Chapter  (II)   •  Findings:  presents  the  results  of  the  study   generally  without  interpre5ng  them.  That  is  not   always  possible  in  qualita5ve  studies,  but  the   level  of  interpreta5on  is  low.   •  Discussion,  conclusions,  and  recommenda5ons:   gives  meaning  to  results  by  linking  them  to   previous  research,  theories,  and  prac5ce  and   also  to  future  research,  improved  theories  and   prac5ce.  
    • Relationship  among  Chapters   Chapter  1   Sets  what  to  do   Chapter  2   Gives  founda5on   Chapter  3   Sets  how  to  do  the   study   Chapter  4   Presents  results   Chapter  5   Discusses  results  
    •   Why  Is  Chapter  1  the  Lighthouse  of  a   Thesis  or  Disserta4on?     Because  it  states:   •   What  we  think  should  be  studied   •  The  theore5cal  and  research  framework  within  it   should  be  studied   •  What  we  expect  to  achieve   •  What  we  have  to  answer  or  test   •  How  we  will  look  for  that  answer  or  do  that  test   Each  of  these  items  influences  any  decision  we   made  in  the  process  and  all  of  them  are  together  in   chapter  1.  Therefore,  we  always  have  to  look  at  it   in  order  to  know  what  to  do.  It  is  our  lighthouse.  
    • Main  Elements  of  Chapter  1   (but  not  necessarily  presented  as  headings)   •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  Introduc5on  or  Overview   Background   Theore5cal  or  Conceptual  Framework   Problem  Statement   Purpose  of  the  Study   Research  Ques5ons   Research  Design   Other  elements  usually  included    
    • Introduction or Overview USUALLY  IT  IS  EXPECTED  THAT  YOU  PROVIDE  THE  ROADMAP  OF   WHAT  IS  PRESENTED  IN  THE  CHAPTER,  INCLUDING  THE  SCOPE   OF  THE  STUDY  IN  TERMS  OF  WHAT  WAS  DONE,  WHO   PARTICIPATED,  AND  HOW  IT  WAS  CONDUCTED.   THIS  HAS  TO  BEEN  DONE  VERY  SUCCINCTLY  IN  NOT  MORE  THAN   2  PARAGRAPHS.  
    • Background A  NARRATIVE  THAT  INTENDS  TO  SET  UP  THE  CONTEXT  WITHIN  WHICH  THE   RESEARCH  PROBLEM  EMERGES  AND  STATES  THE  NEED  AND  IMPORTANCE  OF   THE  STUDY.   TO  DO  IT,  YOU  DISCUSS  WHAT  HAS  ALREADY  BEEN  RESEARCHED  SO  FAR  AND   WHAT  GAP(S)  YOUR  STUDY  TRIES  TO  FILL  UP,  USING  LITERATURE  TO  SUPPORT   POINTS  OF  VIEW.   THE  MAIN  GOALS  ARE  TO  CONTEXTUALIZE  THE  STUDY,  GRAB  READERS’   ATTENTION,  AND  EMPHASIZE  THE  SIGNIFICANCE  OF  THE  STUDY.  
    • Theoretical or Conceptual Framework THIS  IS  A  SUCCINCT  DISCUSSION  OF  THE  THEORIES,  PRINCIPLES,   MODELS,  APPROACHES,  AND  RESEARCH  THAT  ARE  BEHIND  THE   VARIABLES  OF  YOUR  STUDY  AND  THEIR  RELATIONSHIPS.  IN   THIS  SENSE,  IT  IS  A  QUICK  VIEW  OF  WHAT  YOU  WILL  DISCUSS  IN   THE  LITERATURE  REVIEW.  CITATIONS  ARE  A  MUST.   THE  GOAL  IS  TO  PRESENT  THE  THEORETICAL  AND  RESEARCH   BASES  OF  THE  STUDY  IN  A  VERY  SUMMARIZED  WAY.  
    • Problem Statement SPECIFIC  DESCRIPTION  OF  WHAT  INTRIGUES  A  RESEARCHER.   GENERALLY  SPEAKING,  IT  INCLUDES  BRIEFLY  WHAT  IT  IS  ALREADY   KNOWN  ABOUT  THE  PROBLEM  SITUATION  AND  THAT  ESTABLISHES  THE   CONTEXT  FROM  WHICH  THE  RESEARCH  PROBLEM  EMERGES,  WHAT  IS   UNKNOWN  AND  DESERVES  TO  BE  STUDIED  –  THE  RESEARCH  PROBLEM-­‐   AND  WHY  IT  IS  IMPORTANT  TO  KNOW  ABOUT  THAT  PROBLEM      
    • Purpose of the Study WHAT  A  RESEARCHER  INTENDS  TO  FIND  OUT  OR  DO  IN  A  STUDY  .IT   DEFINES  THE  GOAL  TO  ACHIEVE  AS  A  RESULT  OF  DOING  THE  STUDY.    
    • Research Questions WHAT  A  RESEARCHER  SPECIFICALLY  WANTS  TO  ANSWER  –  OR  TEST-­‐   CONDUCTING  A  STUDY.   EACH  RESEARCH  QUESTION  SHOULD  ADDRESS  A  SPECIFIC  ASPECT  OF  THE   RESEARCH  PROBLEM  IN  ORDER  TO  BE  ABLE  TO  HAVE  ANSWERS  THAT  PROVIDE   CLEAR,  VALID,  UNMIXED,  AND  USEFUL  INFORMATION.   THIS  IMPLIES  THAT  YOU  MAY  HAVE  GENERAL  AND  SPECIFIC  RESEARCH   QUESTIONS.  
    • Significance of the Study THE  IMPORTANCE  OF  THE  STUDY  COULD  BE  INCLUDED  IN  THE   BACKGROUND  OR  AS  A  SEPARATE  SECTION.  THE  MAIN  POINT  IS   THAT  THE  THEORETICAL  AND/OR  PRACTICAL  BENEFITS  OF  THE   STUDY  MUST  BE  CLEARLY  STATED.  
    • Research Design ALTHOUGH  NOT  ALL  UNIVERSITIES  ASK  FOR  A  SUMMARY  OF   METHODOLOGY  IN  CHAPTER  1,  IT  IS  USEFUL  TO  INCLUDE  IT  SINCE  IT   LETS  READERS  EVALUATE  THE  APPROPRIATENESS  OF  THE  RESEARCH   DESIGN  JUST  FROM  THE  BEGINNING  AND  ALSO  HELPS  YOU  HAVE  A   QUICK  VIEW  OF  METHODOLOGY  WHENEVER  YOU  NEED  TO  MAKE   DECISIONS  ON  THE  THESIS/DISSERTATION  PROCESS.  
    • Other Elements Usually Included HYPOTHESES  (IN  QUANTITATIVE  AND  MIXED  METHODS   STUDIES),  ASSUMPTIONS,  LIMITATIONS  ,  AND  DEFINITION  OF   KEY  TERMS  
    • Process  to  Develop  Chapter  1   Background   Theore5cal   Framework   Problem  Statement   Purpose  of  the  Study   Research  Ques5on   (Hypothesis  if   needed)   Research  Design  
    • Now  You  Know   1.  The most common structure of a thesis or dissertation 2.  The role of each chapter in it 3.  The relationship among chapters 4.  Main elements of chapter 1 5.  The process to develop it Any  question?  
    • Thanks  for  Reading   Hope you find this conference useful and want to meet us soon