THE DISCUSSION

The Discussion uses study results to test and create General Hypotheses.


Why do papers have a Discussion section?


The purpose of the Results section is to present data and logical conclusions that do not require interpretation or subjective judgment. In contrast, the Discussion section provides an opportunity to interpret data and conclusions and answer the question: "What do the findings mean?" (Bolt and Bruins, 2012).


Finding meaning is a very broad (and somewhat vague) mandate. Therefore, writing a Discussion section can be a daunting prospect.


One way to analyze and simplify the process of writing a Discussion section is to focus on a more specific question:


WHY do the results (i.e. the conclusions about the Measurable Hypotheses) either support existing General Hypotheses or lead us to propose new General Hypotheses?