Qualitative Dissertation Outline
The following post presents an outline for qualitative dissertations. It reviews all necessary elements and provides definitions for each part.
Chapter 1: Introduction.
The initial part of qualitative dissertation is intended to perform these following functions:
- Problem Background (provide background information of the topic).
- Problem Statement (provide clear description of the Problem).
- Purposes of the Study (identify the purpose of the work).
- Research Questions (Provide questions regarding the research)
- Importance of the Study (examine how the work is relevant).
- Scope of the Study (describe how deep is your research).
- Definition of Terms (All terminology must be explained).
- Delimitations and Limitations (circumstances which might restrict your analysis and used methods)
Chapter 2: Literature Review
In such dissertations the review is given after data collection. However, in some cases you can be asked to do it before data collection.
Chapter 3: Research Methods
- The Qualitative Paradigm (concept of research methods used in dissertation).
- Qualitative Methods (techniques used in qualitative measurement).
- The Researcher's Role (ethical dimension of role of the author).
- Data Sources (types of sources for digitized information).
- Data Collection (approach to finding information of interest)
- Data Analysis (process of discovering appropriate information to answer the Problem).
- Verification (fulfillment of requirements for dissertation).
- Ethical Considerations (Review of research ethics).
- Plan for Narrative OR Pilot Study Results
Chapter 4: Research Findings
This part is intended to bring the reader the outcomes of the analysis given in the dissertation.
Chapter 5: Conclusion, Discussion, and Suggestions for Future Studies
- Summary (summarizes the thesis statement and other main points by the author).
- Conclusions (present logical end to the discussion on the topic).
- Discussion (describe your opinions and interpretations).
- Suggestions for Future Studies (describe existing flaws on the work and provide recommendation for further research).