What do want to learn
What we already know
What we're going to do
Share our data
See others' data
Picturing the data
What does data mean?
What do we do now?
You have asked a question, studied some background, performed
an experiment, collected data, shared it with others, and made sense of
the data. Now, it’s time for you to share what you have learned.
||Ask yourself, “What do I know now that I didn’t know
before I started the experiment?”
|Your conclusion should address the research question:
Which combination of solvent and method will work best for removing mustard
and Kool-Aid from a shirt without losing the color of the material?
Answering the research question is an important part of the conclusion.
||What method and solvent would you suggest that the KanCRN
director use to remove the mustard and Kool-Aid stains without losing the
color of the shirt? If you feel that you cannot make
a good suggestion, explain why you can't? Can you provide any advice that
will help him with at least part of the problem?
|However just answering the question is not enough.
You have to explain why you arrived at that conclusion. You have
to support your answer with evidence.
||Where do you find that evidence? You'll find it in the
the Data section. You developed your evidence there when you
carried out the process. The patterns you discovered in the data
led you to your conclusion. You should now use those patterns to support
|In your conclusion, you need to look at your hypothesis.
If your hypothesis was correct, what was correct about your thinking in
making your hypothesis? If your hypothesis was incorrect, where did
you go wrong in your thinking? Thinking about your thinking is one
of the most difficult things a researcher does, but it is also one of the
||Your conclusion should also include the strengths and
weaknesses of your experiment.
|What did you do in your experiment that makes you feel
that your conclusion is accurate?
||If you conducted this experiment again, what would you
do differently and why?
|Do you feel enough data has been collected?
||If others conducted your experiment, would they arrive
at the same conclusion?
|What about weaknesses? Did you find any flaws in
the design of the experiment itself? By pointing out the weaknesses
of your experiment, you often strengthen your conclusion.
||After you have thought about your information, your conclusion
should be shared with other researchers so they can learn from your explorations
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I have a conclusion to submit.
After sharing your conclusion, you
might be wondering where you go from here. Often a researcher finds
himself/herself thinking about new questions that have come up from working
on a project. Go to the More
Questions Section to find out how you need to deal with these questions.