The structure of the dissertation: The Development

After a short break in our series, we will continue to work in detail on the structure of the dissertation. Earlier we had talked about its structure as a whole and then the introduction. Today we are going to start talking about development, a fundamental part of the essay text.

Development is the part of the text that you should invest the most. This is because it is the filling of the text, it is the part in which you will elaborate in detail what was announced in the introduction. Remember: in the introduction you just present the reader with the theme and clipping from which to approach it (your thesis), there is no room for developing ideas. That is when we set out for development.

In order to construct development, it is essential that it is clear what arguments will be discussed to substantiate their thesis, as well as the articulation between them. And it is not enough to make statements without any reasoning, you must explain, justify, exemplify, prove what you are affirming. This is the time to be as clear as possible. It is important to state your reasoning so that the reader understands how you arrived at the statement you made.

It is also essential that you bring more concrete elements in the development, such as surveys, facts, news, examples, etc. In this way, your argument will be reinforced, for it is not you who is saying that x is y, but it is the research that proves, the example that shows, the fact that illustrates, and so on. Do not skimp, development is the part of the text that you need to detail, sift through!

Although introduction, development, and conclusion are connected, forming the whole of the dissertation, they have some independence. That is, it is essential to know very well the structure of the dissertation. I draw attention to this because it is very common to find texts in which students begin development with elements that take up something that has already been mentioned in the introduction, such as: this problem, this increase, this question, etc. The paragraph right after the introduction is the beginning of the development, so it should have a beginning face, with linguistic elements that show that you are initiating the discussion announced in the introduction. If necessary, repeat the element presented in the introduction – The issue of criminal age has been dealt with from several points of view … – but avoid resuming pronouns.

In order for you to understand more clearly the function and importance of this part of the dissertation, next week, we will present an example of good writing development.

Good studies and see you later!