For two-day workshops, everyone swaps chapters on the final afternoon to practice giving and receiving constructive feedback.
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It is a common misconception that the empirical chapters are the place for your analysis. In fact, you need to split the empirical facts and discussion of those facts into two distinct sections.
But, as with everything in the Ph D, there will be exceptions to this.
Some theses, particularly those from within the liberal arts and social sciences, may not need a separate discussion section because the nature of their study may mean that empirics and discussion are intertwined.
Your job when writing your discussion then is to interrogate and critically engage with the findings and relate them to the research aims, objectives, research questions and gap.
Most of your cutting-edge analysis and engagement with your findings will take place here.
The job of a discussion chapter is therefore to critically examine your findings with reference to the discussion in the background chapters of the thesis (introduction, literature review, theoretical framework and methods) and to make judgments as to what has been learnt in your work.
In essence, the job of a discussion chapter is to tell the readers what your findings (may) mean.