Principles of Discussion in Qualitative Educational Research


Valerie Anne Storey, & Kristina A. Hesbol (Eds.)

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Contemporary approaches to dissertation development and research methods


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Hershey, PA


The purpose of this chapter is to offer perspectives of basic principles of writing discussion section in a qualitative research article or dissertation. The first portion of the chapter explains how to link the discussion of the findings to each component: brief summary of the findings, contribution to previous studies, contribution to the theory, implications, and limitations. The explanation includes examples that help readers get a glimpse of the connection. Built on the aforementioned explanation, this chapter also raises the common problems related to each element and further discusses the challenges for novice scholars. The second portion of the chapter focuses on scholars’ expected development of knowledge and abilities for meaningfully connecting these five elements.