Dissertation Journal: Reframing the First Two Chapters

In class today, John Bean explained the structure of a quantitative dissertation and he reframed the first two chapters in an interesting way.  The way I’ve thought of them and the way they’ve been explained to me in the past is that the first chapter is the introduction and argument for the importance of the study and the second chapter is the literature review.  John suggests that for a quantitative study the first chapter argues for the importance of the dependent variable and the second chapter argues for the importance and inclusion of the independent variables.

Exactly how I write and organize my dissertation will be determined by my committee but this is a very interesting way of thinking about the first two chapters.