The document’s title does not count as a heading level. A numbered, counted page should be inserted in front of your document’s appendix/appendices. Figures may be located in one of two places in your document.
The word APPENDIX (or APPENDICES) should be centered about 1/3 down this page. You must choose one system, and use it consistently throughout your work.
The completed dissertation contains five chapters (see specific information about page layout and text requirements in the Dissertation Guide section of Lamson Library page): Chapter 1: Introduction and Purpose of the Study.
This chapter makes a case for the significance of the problem.
This chapter reflects a deep understanding of what lies beneath the findings—that is, what those findings .
Interpretation is presented systematically, and is related to the themes or patterns that have emerged.It provides an introduction to the basic components of the study and states the research question(s) that guide the inquiry.It should include an overview of the purpose and focus of the study, why it is significant, how it was conducted, and how it will contribute to professional knowledge and practice.You may number tables consecutively throughout the text or within the chapter, i.e., Table 1.1 for the first table in Chapter 1 and Table 2.1 for the first title in Chapter 2.As always, pick one method and use it consistently throughout your document.Research questions cue readers to the direction the study will take and help to delineate the scope of the study. This chapter locates the study in the context of previous research and scholarly material pertaining to the topic, presents a critical synthesis of relevant literature according to themes or variables, and outlines the theoretical or conceptual framework of the study.A high quality literature review incorporates: a comprehensive and thoughtful selection of resources that cover the material directly related to the study’s problem statement, purpose, and research questions; primary sources and empirical research studies; and correct use of American Psychological Association (APA) format, citations, and references. This chapter situates the study within a particular methodological tradition, provides a rationale for that approach, describes the research setting and sample, and describes data collection and analysis methods.Research questions are directly tied to the purpose.They should be specific, clearly stated, and open ended (stay away from yes/no questions if you can).Chapter 5: Conclusions and Suggestions for Further Research (or Analysis and Synthesis; or Conclusions and Recommendations).This chapter synthesizes and discusses the results in light of the study’s research questions, literature review, and conceptual framework.