You feel you are well on your way towards finishing your dissertation. You have already chosen a topic, formulated research questions, and decided on your research design. You have already completed your full Review of Literature, so that you can justify the ways in which your study will fill the "gap" in the scholarly literature.
Now it is time to write Chapter 1 of your dissertation, but the issue of dissertation alignment come up. What is this? Read on for a quick explanation of alignment.
Most dissertations contain standard subheadings in Chapter 1. These are:
Dissertation alignment is the logical flow of information and topic consistency between the Problem, Purpose, Study, and Research questions and/or Hypothesis/Research Design.
Proper alignment of a dissertation provides many advantages and benefits. The two most major ones are:
Alignment simply means that the central topic of your dissertation must MATCH in all of the above subheadings of Chapter 1. This means that:
Always bear in mind that alignment equals consistency! The key questions to always ask yourself are:
Pay special attention, as well, to your dissertation TITLE. It should summarize ALL of your study variables, but it should be a brief as you can make it while still including all of the basic information, and aligning with your purpose.
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