Qualitative Dissertation Outline

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:
  1. Problem Background (provide background information of the topic).
  2. Problem Statement (provide clear description of the Problem).
  3. Purposes of the Study (identify the purpose of the work).
  4. Research Questions (Provide questions regarding the research)
  5. Importance of the Study (examine how the work is relevant).
  6. Scope of the Study (describe how deep is your research).
  7. Definition of Terms (All terminology must be explained).
  8. 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

  1. The Qualitative Paradigm (concept of research methods used in dissertation).
  2. Qualitative Methods (techniques used in qualitative measurement).
  3. The Researcher's Role (ethical dimension of role of the author).
  4. Data Sources (types of sources for digitized information).
  5. Data Collection (approach to finding information of interest) 
  6. Data Analysis (process of discovering appropriate information to answer the Problem).
  7. Verification (fulfillment of requirements for dissertation).
  8. Ethical Considerations (Review of research ethics).
  9. 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

  1. Summary (summarizes the thesis statement and other main points by the author).
  2. Conclusions (present logical end to the discussion on the topic).
  3. Discussion (describe your opinions and interpretations).
  4. Suggestions for Future Studies (describe existing flaws on the work and provide recommendation for further research).