Answered By: Judith Jablonski Last Updated: Jun 16, 2014 Views: 35255
Both the hypothesis statement and the thesis statement answer the research question of the study. When the statement is one that can be proved or disproved, it is an hypothesis statement. If, instead, the statement specifically shows the intentions/objectives/position of the researcher, it is a thesis statement.
A hypothesis is a statement that can be proved or disproved. It is typically used in quantitative research and predicts the relationship between variables.
A thesis statement is a short, direct sentence that summarizes the main point or claim of an essay or research paper. It is seen in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. A thesis statement is developed, supported, and explained in the body of the essay or research report by means of examples and evidence.
Every research study should contain a concise and well-written thesis statement. If the intent of the study is to prove/disprove something, that research report will also contain an hypothesis statement.
NOTE: In some disciplines, the hypothesis is referred to as a thesis statement! This is not accurate but within those disciplines it is understood that "a short, direct sentence that summarizes the main point" will be included.
These links will provide you with more information.
The Research Question and Hypothesis | DOC file.
[from the English Language Support, Dept of Student Services, Ryerson University]
Research Questions and Hypotheses | RTF file
[from the University of West Florida]
Forming a Paper Thesis and Hypothesis | Website with DOC links
[from the University of Oregon's Teaching and Learning Center]