The purpose of the conclusion:
- Wrap up your main thesis ideas using a different language, driving your main points home.
- Summarize your topic arguments paraphrasing the way your thesis was proved or disproved.
- Call to action by mentioning to the readers why your research matters, stating the consequences of your results and looking into the future.
- Your thesis should look stronger
- Show a sense of reflection
- Wrap it up all together
- Repeat your main points using the same language.
- Introduce new information
- Begin with “In conclusion…”, In summary… ( readers know it’s a conclusion)
- Results/Discussion, and Conclusion in separate section.
- Conclusion with a long Discussion
- Discussion with subheadings
Check your journal or ask your editor to know what is acceptable.
Go back to your title and your introduction and make changes if necessary.
Elements of the discussion section: Checklist:
- Reference to the hypothesis
- Restatement of findings for support, whether your findings answer the questions, or meet your objectives.
- Reference to the literature that support your findings.
- Mention any limitations
- Implications for the broader context
- Recommendations for the future
Most probably you will not have something to describe each point in the list, but these points are useful as you draft your Discussion Section.
Examples of discussion sections
An example of the discussion Section
“In human affairs of danger and delicacy successful conclusion is sharply limited by hurry.”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden
“(I)n order to refute a conclusion, you have to put forth the best possible argument for it. (p. 158)”
― Rebecca Goldstein, Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away
Examples of Discussion paragraph
Conclusion Section: The elements of the conclusion and what language to use