With the contribution to knowledge I have included this in the final discussion.For each area, I have discussed my findings in relation to the broader area and then at the end re-stated what I found (noting the originality).
'Contribution to knowledge' - where does this go, in the introduction or at the end in the conclusion, after you have proved what you have done?
I don;t really have research questions :$ Maybe I need to find some!
and I don't really have an explicit 'contribution to the field section' - I just point out the gap in the literature and say what my thesis is going to cover if you know what I mean contributions - I have a small section in the intro of each chapter that bullet points the contribution of each chapter...
In hubby's thesis we've (I mean I here as he's done the actual research and I've told him how to lay it out) really stressed the research questions, in the intro, then each chapter has a cover page - which has 'overview of the chapter', 'contribution to the field' and 'structure of this chapter' and this is all repeated again in the discussion.
Its great for his thesis, but part of me thinks its a bit 'babyish' for mine - I don't really know why, I guess its just not been convention in the ones I've read from people in my department?? Quote From Bilbo Baggins: My research questions were in the combined intro/lit review.