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CHAPTER 4: Results

The results section of the paper needs to be at least 3 - 5 full pages. It can be longer if needed, but do not to exceed 7 pages. The main purpose of the results is to analyze the data collected and present a summary of the findings based on the data.

Follow these formatting guidelines:

· Use the following heading for the section (centered and bolded): Results

· The Results section, Chapter 4, should start after the Methodology section.

· Your paper should be double-spaced and formatted in APA style.

· Keep the text aligned to the left, not justified.

· Only use Times New Roman, 12-point font.

· Go to the paragraph settings and check the box that says don’t add spaces between paragraphs of the same style.

· Check your spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

· Make sure you write clearly and avoid awkwardly phrased sentences.

Address the following topics. Feel free to use the bolded labels (but not the colons) as subheadings in your paper.

1. You should include an introduction to the results section that includes an identification of the problem and a restatement of the research question(s), do not repeat all of chapter 1. Use all of the titles of subsections in the introduction as sign posts for the reader to know what is coming.

2. Preview the contents of the chapter through a brief explanation of the organization of the data and analysis using themes provided from the design, instrument or analysis aligned with the research question(s).

3. Data Presentation: describe the findings within the context of the problem statement addressing the research questions. Include visual representations (tables, figures, charts, etc.) that are properly identified, descriptive, informative and directly related to and referred to within the narrative of text and immediately adjacent comments are provided. The findings should be detailed, and the section should flow easily.

4. Data Analysis: Enough evidence is provided through appropriately analyzed data and a sophisticated explanation integration of your analysis related to the field of research.

5. Interpretation: Interpret how you made sense of the findings. The outcomes are logically systematically summarized and interpreted in relation to their importance to the research question. Use a layman’s approach to explaining contextualized data so that anyone can understand the findings and their value to the field. Include consistent findings and discuss possible alternative interpretations if necessary. Articulate insights gained from the study and provide a glimpse into the limitations of the study in reference to data and analysis.

6. Summary: Summarize key concepts in chapter 4 and re-articulate your research question(s). Provide a smooth transition to chapter 5.

7. Additional considerations are listed below in the form of a bulleted list.

· The findings and results are clearly and comprehensively described.

· The findings and results build logically from the problem and research design and, are presented in a manner that addresses the research question(s).

· Measures, patterns, relationships and themes are reported as findings are supported by the data.

· Data collection instruments and tools have been identified and used appropriately.

· Data analysis is consistent with research questions, methodology, and the underlying theoretical/conceptual framework of the study.

· Tables and figures are self-descriptive, informative, and conform to standard APA format.

· Conclusions drawn from outcomes are logically and systematically summarized and interpreted in relation to their importance to the research questions.

· Includes a summary and transition to chapter 5.

Reminder: According to the guidelines set forth by the NSU Graduate School, the results section must include the following: Data Analysis; Presentation of Findings.

EDUC 5850: Chapter 4 Scoring Rubric

Candidate: Score: _______/75

Chapter 4 Components/Indicators

5

4

3

2

1

Introduction to the results section that includes an identification of the problem and a restatement of the research question(s), do not repeat all of chapter 1.

Findings described within the context of the problem statement addressing the research questions.

The findings and results are clearly and comprehensively described within the context of the problem statement addressing the research question.

Data presentation includes visual representations (tables, figures, charts, etc.) that are properly identified, descriptive, informative and directly related to and referred to within the narrative of text and immediately adjacent comments are provided.

Tables and figures are self-descriptive, informative, and conform to standard APA format.

Data analysis is consistent with research questions, methodology, and the underlying theoretical/conceptual framework of the study.

Enough evidence is provided through appropriately analyzed data and a sophisticated explanation integration of your analysis related to the field of research.

Use a layman’s approach to explaining contextualized data so that anyone can understand the findings and their value to the field.

Conclusions drawn from outcomes are logically and systematically summarized and interpreted in relation to their importance to the research questions.

Articulate insights gained from the study and provide a glimpse into the limitations of the study in reference to data and analysis.

Summarize key concepts in chapter 4 and re-articulate your research question(s).

Summary and Transition: Chapter 4 ends with a summary of the data analysis and finding and a clear transition into the summary, conclusions and recommendations section of the paper which is chapter 5.

Use of proper APA format/citations for all definitions and in-text citations. (Reference list will be reviewed in a separate assignment.)

Writing Style: spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. Minimal errors.

Timely submission of chapter 4 on or before the due date. If the assignment is submitted late, there will be a 7.5-point deduction.

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