Structuring also results in emphasis. It is common for thesis writers to grow less sure of their structuring choices as they understand their data better because they understand the topic’s complexity more deeply. They may also feel increasingly committed to the possibly-unexpected significance of what they are finding. Ideas are likely to be entangled like rhizomes, and the implications of their tangle may be meaningful. Carter and Blumenstein (2011), who established a startling negative co-relationship between confidence about structure and time spent on doctorate, conclude that perhaps this is a symptom of increased expertise. The study of 92 students found that about half of the students who gave reasons for changing structure did so because of a shift of focus or emphasis (Carter and Blumenstein, 2011). So you also find yourself feeling less secure about structure the nearer you are to completion; accept that this may be a sign of increased expertise.
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