Today’s workshop focuses on the purpose and structure of the discussion section and the conclusion. By drawing on the learning resources and actively engaging in class discussion and independent and small group exercises, you will address the following questions:
What is the purpose of the discussion section? Why is this section necessary?
What structural elements must be included in this section to serve its purpose?
How long (proportion of the paper) does the discussion section need to be to serve that purpose?
How does the content of the literature review section and the logic of the findings section help you organize this section?
What is the purpose of the conclusion? Why is this section necessary? How can you make it interesting and compelling?
What structural elements must be included in the conclusion to serve its purpose? What key questions do you need to address in this section? How does addressing these questions help you map out the section?
How long (proportion of the paper) does the conclusion need to be to serve that purpose?
Why might comparing the introduction and the conclusion help you refine the structure and logic of the paper?