Thesis Research Method and Procedures : The University is committed to the idea that “method” is more than the application of technique. You will conduct a systemic review meaning that you identify specific words or phrases to locate and examine literature on your topic of choice. This section should address the methods utilized to conduct your analysis; such as, the key words or phrases you used to conduct a library search for published studies, the search engines utilized, the number of studies available, the dates that were used to limit the search, and finally the number of studies selected for discussion in the literature review.
Methodology: Your method(s) for studying the topic should be discussed as an overview of an analysis of the data from an extensive Literature review of a subject. This is where you explain how you prioritized or organized studies for review. Data Analysis The researcher presents the strategies and justifications for analyzing the data acquired in the study. This will be non-statistical and focused on the themes that were identified in seeking answers to research questions. Methodological Assumptions and Limitations All studies carry inherent limitations, and these should be discussed frankly. For example, most studies involve limitations of sampling of available data. In theoretical studies, other limitations arise. For instance, one may have to rely on translated sources rather than original writings. Stressing the problems of data collection, analysis, or application does not weaken a thesis; it strengthens the reader’s confidence in your judgment as a scholar and researcher. Researcher bias, validity, reliability and other research factors should be addressed as appropriate.
Research Findings: This chapter focuses on presenting the findings from the research questions. Here you focus on the problem statement and the research questions that you presented in chapter one. Discuss each of the research questions separately and in order of appearance in chapter one. The discussion will include an answer to the question and an indication of how your findings impact the identified problem. All findings that are relevant to the hypotheses of the study need to be presented and 13 analyzed in a logical manner. These findings provide the foundation for justifying the conclusions that are drawn from this study. Your findings section should cite most if not all of your research from chapter two.
Summary: This section is your opportunity to review all of the previous chapters. It is here that you need to emphasize the literature that you reviewed within the field of study, summarize your findings, and focus on the research you have completed within your field of study. The summary section should also state whether your research supports or contradicts generally accepted theories and studies in your subject area. While being concise, you also want to make your summary detailed enough so that a reader could understand your thesis by only reading this chapter.’
Conclusions: Here the researcher focuses on what conclusions can be drawn from the findings. These conclusions need to be discussed fully and justified according to the data obtained in the study. This section provides an opportunity to present what you see as most important from the research and how this information is important to addressing the identified problem. Remember that all your references to others work or research must be cited here as well.
Direction for Future Research: When your investigation is complete and you have set forth the meaning of your work to the field; you are an expert on the particular topic of your study. You have a special obligation therefore to suggest future inquiries that could expand this field of knowledge. These recommendations grow out of the research that you have done and should be more than a list of topics you would have liked to research. They should direct scholars to new areas for further exploration.
Bibliography (References): Following the body of your Master’s Thesis is the bibliography or reference page. This consists of your references; i.e., a listing of books and articles that are cited in the body of your Master’s Thesis. Remember to check all references for appropriate APA formatting as this will be reviewed and graded as part of the final review. The reference list demonstrates the authority behind your research and provides readers with information about how they can locate the sources that you have used. It is important that original sources of information be used when citing references.
Appendices: Supportive material referred to in the text may be included. The appendices will include all of the material that supports your research design and implementation.