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ERIC Number: EJ803703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1475-1585
The Structure of PhD Conclusion Chapters
Bunton, David
Journal of English for Academic Purposes, v4 n3 p207-224 Jul 2005
This paper considers the generic structure of "Conclusion" chapters in PhD theses or dissertations. From a corpus of 45 PhD theses covering a range of disciplines, chapters playing a concluding role were identified and analysed for their functional moves and steps. Most "Conclusions" were found to restate purpose, consolidate research space with a varied array of steps, recommend future research and cover practical applications, implications or recommendations. However a minority were found to focus more on the field than on the thesis itself. These field-oriented "Conclusions" tended to adopt a problem-solution text structure, or in one case, an argument structure. Variations in focus and structure between disciplines were also found. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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