In writing the introduction of a thesis, a section is devoted to the significance of the study. This article discusses how to write this section and provides an example to illustrate the technique.
Essentially, the section on the significance of the study provides information to the reader on how the study will contribute. However, it must be expressly stated what the study will contribute and who will benefit from it.
You can figure out several significant contributions to your research paper if you let your mind flow. But I find the following tips helpful in writing the significance of the study.
2 Tips in Writing the Significance of the Study
1. Refer to the statement of the problem
Your problem statement can guide you in identifying the specific contribution of your study. You can do this by observing a one-to-one correspondence between the statement of the problem and the significance of the study.
For example, your research question may be phrased this way:
“Is there a significant relationship between the teacher’s teaching style and the students’ long quiz scores in Mathematics?”
Given this research question, your research’s contribution would probably be a new teaching style or styles (among, say, three teaching styles you evaluated) that can help students perform better in Mathematics. Your research will demonstrate that that teaching style works. That could be a groundbreaking approach that will change the way teachers teach Mathematics, which many students abhor.
Hence, just looking at your statement of the problem will tell you how significant your study will be to those who need it. You won’t deviate from what is expected as the outcome of your research. Others may use your findings for their specific purposes.
If the study’s result does not contribute anything to the body of knowledge, you must rethink your study’s objectives. Figure out what people need in your field of study. There will always be a need to fill.
2. Write from general to specific contribution
I learned this technique from a former professor while pursuing my master’s degree. It works this way:
Write the significance of the study by looking into the general contribution of your research, such as its importance to society as a whole, then proceed downwards—towards the individual level, and that may include yourself as a researcher. You start broadly then taper off gradually to a specific group or person. It’s like an inverted pyramid, a deductive approach. So you write from the general to the particular uses of your research’s findings.
Coupled with reference to the problem statement, this effectively stimulates the mind to think in a deductive mode, i.e., from general to specific. This writing approach is similar to the Inverted Pyramid Approach discussed in How to Write a Good Thesis Introduction.
For example, in the study on teaching style given in #1, you may write:
Significance of the Study
This study’s findings will redound to society’s benefit, considering that Mathematics plays a vital role in science and technology today. The greater demand for graduates with a Mathematics background justifies the need for more effective, life-changing teaching approaches. Thus, schools that apply the recommended approach derived from the results of this study will train students better. Administrators will be guided on what should be emphasized by teachers in the school curriculum to improve students’ performance in Mathematics. For the researcher (or researchers, if it is a group study), the investigation will uncover critical areas in the educational process that many researchers could not explore. Thus, a new theory on learning Mathematics may be arrived at.P. A. Regoniel
These two techniques on how to write the significance of the study will prevent your mind from wandering wildly or aimlessly as you explore the significance of your research. Applying them will save time, thus allowing you to focus on the next section of your thesis. Who knows, this section may also help justify why your study deserves a grant.
Highly Significant Issues to Study
So what are highly significant issues now?
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is unquestionably a very fertile area of investigation. Many things about it are uncertain. It is highly significant as the coronavirus influences how people in virtually all parts of the world work, live and adapt.
For example, the development of the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer, which they say is more than 90% effective against the coronavirus, will significantly influence society at different levels. Among the emerging issues is the people’s response to this development.
Will the citizens in any country affected by COVID-19 willingly submit to vaccination? The discovery of the vaccine is only part of the story. The citizen’s acceptance of the vaccine is a crucial element in the fight against the virus.
You might consider studying this if you are starting to develop your research objectives. The pandemic is a rich source of significant ideas to explore at international, national, regional, institutional, and even individual levels.
©2015 February 9 P. A. Regoniel
Updated 17 November 2020