Writing Conclusions in Chapter Five
Consultants and coaches can help you in identifying and writing conclusions based on the findings. Conclusions are another way of saying, “What do the results mean in the real world?” This is where many committees will want to focus. The study is complete. And now how can we make sense of what was found? What can someone take away from this study and apply? Too often, when students write about conclusions, they end up restating most of what was in Chapter Four, Results. That’s not what conclusions are. So when writing conclusions, it is a good idea to use conditional words, such as could, would, might, and possibly. There is no way to be absolutely sure of the statements you are making. I suggest that my clients number each conclusion and write them as declarative statements. For example: “Conclusion 1: Increasing interactions with clients may assist in helping them share more details of what they have experienced.” After stating each conclusion, it is expected that you would show how it is based on specific data or findings from your study. When possible if is a good idea to add how other studies agreed with, supported, or disagreed with each of your conclusions. This last chapter is where you shine as a researcher and earn the admiration of your committee. They will be proud of your efforts and appreciate that you have made a contribution to your academic discipline.