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Integrating theory into your research

Writing a good report involves integrating or weaving theory into your research to establish its validity and significance. This is done in a number ways.

  1. Identifying the broad context, including existing theory.
  2. Placing your research within this context to establish its significance.
  3. Using data to support your findings.
  4. Interpreting and linking the findings back to existing theory and other research to show the connections and relationships between the them.

Integration occurs at two levels:

  • in the different sections of the report, eg the introduction, discussion etc
  • within paragraphs, ie through weaving theory / citations and findings into your paragraphs to support / develop your position.

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