Analysis of the Provision of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Private Children’s Day Care (CDC) Nurseries within Leeds: A Mixed Methods Study
Chapter 4: Findings (Approx. 4000 words)
All findings (results) should be clearly described, making appropriate use of tables, charts, diagrams, quotes from transcripts, etc. They need to be laid out and explained. Although this is not the place for a discussion of the results, they should be presented in a way that the reader can understand the purpose of each presentation.
Give the reader an idea of what they might note when looking at the table or diagram, for example: ‘Table 6 shows that most of the female respondents had a similar response to questions regarding…’. Why they might have had a similar response would be left to the discussion.
Chapter 5: Discussion (Approx. 4000 words)
This begins your interpretation of the data and how they tie in with your aims and objectives. This is also where you show your ability to apply critical thinking (i.e. looking from a variety of perspectives, noting what others have said about similar results, discussing why your results are the same or different from others, etc). This is the section that shows your learning as well as your ability to analyse and synthesise all of the data and literature. Some guiding topics:
Limitations, problems, issues arising from the research
Discussion of findings in the context of previous research
Implication of findings upon practice, policy, future research, etc.
Chapter 6: Conclusions (Approx. 1500-2000 words)
Review main findings and points arising from discussion and make sure that your aims are explicitly answered (virtually word for word) at the end to ensure that you have not strayed from the original intention. Also, reiterate your unique contributions to knowledge, your personal reflections on the research journey (where appropriate). Summarise your principle conclusions and make reference to implications for future research.
References – giving full details of all sources referred to in the text, set out according to the Harvard system (see Guidelines on Referencing).