Påmeldingsdato: 20. apr. 2022


How to Compare the Dissertation Hypothesis and the Author's Conclusions?

So, the author did the research. Before submitting a dissertation for verification by the Discussion Council, the Higher Attestation Commission or before defending it, it is important to thoroughly check for compliance with all the requirements and other recommendations.

To compare the hypothesis and conclusions, the author first needs to isolate them for himself: separately write out the hypothesis directly, and then compare it with the findings and results in the final part of the scientific work.

To be compared:

  • Hypothesis and evidence base: what the main evidence says, whether the author's opinion, his proposal is confirmed;

  • Hypothesis and analytical data: a real problem is diagnosed, its relevance, importance and significance, the need for a prompt solution are determined;

  • Hypothesis and research results: there are two options: acceptance or refutation. If the proposed assumption is accepted, the author proves his correctness, the effectiveness of the proposed measures. If the hypothesis is rejected, the author's point of view is incorrect or the effectiveness of the proposed measures is low;

  • Hypothesis and the possibility of its implementation, achievements. The researcher must evaluate the amount of costs for the implementation of all necessary actions, compare them with the potential result, determine the feasibility of changes, their benefits. The author's proposal must be achievable and realistic.

What to do, if…?

Please note that the author of the dissertation must clearly indicate in the conclusion whether he confirmed or refuted the hypothesis put forward. When comparing the conclusions of the dissertation and the hypothesis, two scenarios are possible:

The conclusions of the author and the hypothesis do not match

In this case, the author did not find evidence of his correctness and received a refutation of the assumption put forward. As they say, a negative result is also a result! Despite this, it will not be specifically the negative experience and outcome that will be evaluated, but the quality of the study. If the material is presented in accordance with all the declared canons, the evidence base is strong, although it does not confirm the “original version”, then the author can demonstrate his competence and professionalism.

If there is a clear opposition between conclusions and hypotheses in the study, then it is important to interpret this correctly. Either the needs to turn the results obtained as a refutation of the hypothesis, or correct his proposal so that it turns out to be true and proven. In this case, it is important not only to modify the hypothesis, but also to take into account the potential consequences: evaluate the progress of the study, perhaps some activities will be superfluous or it will have to be supplemented with new measures, etc.

Also, a fallback scenario in this case may be a change in the course of the study in order to collect new data that could confirm or refute the validity of the hypothesis put forward. The last option is the most difficult, as it involves conducting a study almost from scratch.

More resource: How to Establish the Object and Subject of Research How to Finalize a Dissertation in the Applied Direction? Recommendations of Experts on Writing a Dissertation on an Applied Profile Dissertation Review: What Is It, Who Provides It, Does It Contain? What Should Reflect and Emphasize the Review of the Dissertation?

Karl Rockwell

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