IB Extended Essay. Requirements, Sources, Hints, and Deadlines. IB Learner Profile. IB learners strive to be: inquirers knowledgeable thinkers communicators principled open-minded caring risk-takers balanced reflective. IB Program Model. Nature of the Extended Essay.
IB Extended Essay
Requirements, Sources, Hints, and Deadlines
IB learners strive to be:
Compulsory for all Diploma Program Students
Externally assessed and with the TOK essay contributes to 3 points in your total score
Independent research/investigation on a topic chosen by the student in cooperation with the supervisor/mentor
Chosen from a list of approved DP subjects
Business and Management
English (Group 1)
World Language (Group 2 )
Any other options via preapproval
such as music or world studies
You may only use subjects we teach in IB
Ensure the EE conforms to the IB EE guide
Subject is approved from listing in guide
Ensure student has a qualified Supervisor who teaches within the school
Provides student and supervisors with general and subject specific information and guidelines for the EE
Provides supervisors with EE subject reports
Explains importance of EE to students
Explains to students that they will spend approximately 40 hours on their EE
Sets internal deadlines for the EE
Ensure that students have been taught research skills
Provides training for supervisors
Provide student with advice and guidance in the skills of undertaking research
Encourages and supports the student during the process
Discusses the choice of topic within the subject area and help to formulate a well-focused research question
Checks the legal, ethical and safety concerns of the research
Monitors student progress and offers guidance as needed
Reads and comments on ONE completed draft only of the extended essay (but does not edit the draft)
Read the final version to confirm authenticity
Submits predicted grade to the IB coordinator
Completes the supervisor report
Reports any concern with malpractice to the IB coordinator (See my website)
Choose a topic that fits into one of the approved subjects
Observe the IB EE guidelines
Acknowledges all sources of information and ideas in an approved manner
See honesty/plagiarism information on my website
Do not work with a research question that is too broad or too vague, too narrow , too difficult, or inappropriate. It must be answerable within the 4000 word limit.
Students should NOT:
forget to analyze the research question
ignore the assessment criteria
collect material irrelevant to the Research Question
use the internet uncritically (brochure)
merely describe or report (there must be evidence to support an argument)
repeat the introduction in the conclusion
cite sources that are not used
Research Process: This is clearly depicted in the EE guide on my website: READ IT!!
Writing the EE: Follow the requirements, this is the easiest thing to do and the easiest to make a mistake on: PROOFREAD CAREFULLY!!
Length: 4000 word limit includes the introduction, body, conclusion and quotations only!
Title: Be clear of the focus of the essay
Abstract: DO LAST! Make sure to include the research question, scope of investigation (how), and the conclusion. ONLY 300 words or less.
Contents: Done last. All pages numbered.
Illustrations: Make sure they are relevant and easily read.
Bibliographies, references, and citations: use www.ilovelibraries.com or some other source for your documentation style. Without accurate bibliography and references you are likely to be found guilty of MALPRACTICE!
Appendices, footnotes and endnotes: not required to be read, but use if necessary. Anything relevant to your research should be in the main essay.
A: Research Question – 2 points
B: Introduction – 2 points
C: Investigation – 4 points
D: Knowledge and Understanding of topic studied – 4 points
E: Reasoned Argument – 4 points
F: Application of analytical and evaluative skills appropriate to the subject – 4 points
G: Use of appropriate language – 4 points
H: Conclusion – 2 points
I: formal Presentation – 4 points
J: abstract – 2 points
K: Holistic Judgment – 4points
Best resource is your Supervisor/Mentor
FJUHSD Library site: www.ilovelibraries.com
Sample EE online as well as in the library, citation notes, resources, etc.
University of California at Irvine (Langson Library): http://www.lib.uci.edu/
CSUF Pollack Library: http://www.library.fullerton.edu/
All provide information on documentation styles/citations, subject specific resources, and a knowledgeable librarian! You can log on as a visitor to both the UC and CSU libraries.
October 18: research proposal form due!
December 6: resources/research
January 13: Outline
March 3: First Draft
May 31: Final Draft
Slight variations for science if they are doing individual experiments.
Rough and final draft must be submitted on www.turnitin.com Log in and signup to class “Extended Essay 2012-13” with the following information:
Class ID: 7093846