From the perspective of academics in native English speaking cultures we know that:
The distinguishing mark of graduate research is an original contribution to knowledge. The thesis is a formal document whose sole purpose is to prove that you have made an original contribution to knowledge (Prof. John W. Chinneck, from
- you have identified a worthwhile problem or question which has not been previously answered or answered in the manner in which you intend to answer it
- you have solved the problem or answered the question
Your contribution to knowledge generally lies in your solution or answer.
Well, that was easy enough...wasn't it? :-) So this takes us to step 1 in thesis writing.
- What is the question or problem that we are going to address?
Once you have identified your question or problem, then you create the thesis around the research that provides the answer. Feel free to ask questions about the this process.