The Extended Essay It’s all about the PROCESS!
Workshop Goals TODAY Understand the Extended Essay • Scholarly research in academic language • Time management and motivation challenge • Requirement of the Diploma Programme See the Benefits • In-depth study of a meaningful topic • Practical experience (head start) on university work Explore Topics / Research Questions Tour of MVHS Resources for Extended Essay
The Extended Essay Requirements Chosen from approved DP list Involves higher level research Opportunity for personal research Required for all DP candidates Aligned with Learner Profile Supervised by a teacher at MVHS Externally Assessed (world-wide)
Extended Essay Process • Formulating and refining a research question that can be addressed in 4000 words • Providing evidence and reasons to support your answer to the research question • Adding to your repertoire of skills for a college education and LIFELONG LEARNING
EE Scoring Criteria A Research Question 2 B Introduction 2 C Investigation 4 D Knowledge/Understanding 4 E Reasoned Argument 4 F Apply Analysis & Evaluation 4 G Language Appropriate 4 H Conclusion 2 I Formal Presentation 4 J Abstract 2 K Holistic Judgment 4 Page 5
EE Grade Boundaries as of 2009 A 29 – 36 B 23 – 28 C 16 – 22 D 8 – 15 E 0 – 7 Page 6
Student Responsibilities Choose a topic from approved list of subjects YOU schedule the meetings with your EE Supervisor Meet deadlines Acknowledge all sources of information Think about a research question Plan a schedule for research and writing—40 hour requirement Structure the essay per guidelines Meet all assessment criteria of the chosen subject area
Academic Honesty Student is ultimately responsible Work or ideas of others must be fully and correctly acknowledged Supervisor confirms that the EE submitted is the authentic work of the student Both plagiarism and collusion are forms of malpractice Same piece of work, or two versions of same, cannot be submitted by student
Academic Honesty Tips • Burden of proof should rest with the student • Students: KEEP ALL DRAFTS IN HARD COPY AND ELECTRONIC FORMAT until you start college • Ask questions from IB Staff!!! • Turnitin.com as a preventive measure Page 9
TOOLS for Success • Extended Essay Manual • Specific Subject Guide • MVHS IB web page links + MVHS Library web page • ONLINE DATABASES at MVHS & Public Libraries • Discussions with your EE Supervisor • Ask questions! We’re here to help you!
Managing the Extended Essay Page 11
Do yourself a favor . . . . • Pay attention to the DEADLINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Iceberg Model • 7/8 = Pre-Writing/Draft Phase Student and Supervisor work together to: • Explore and discuss ideas • Locate resources • Discuss readings and ideas • Develop suitable research question • Supervisor monitors progress • 1/8 = Writing Phase Student works independently to: • Write EE draft • Revision conference drives final version of essay • Prepare the final EE
What College Writing Is… • Academic writing done by scholars for scholars. • “…being a scholar requires that you read, think, argue, and write in certain ways.” • Academic writing devoted to topics and questions that are of interest to the academic community. • “When you write an academic paper, you must…find a topic or question that is relevant and appropriate.” --quoted from The Dartmouth Writing Project http://www.dartmouth.edu/~writing/materials/student/ac_paper/what.html
It’s Just One Question!How Difficult Can That Be? Activity #1: Developing Research Questions
Where to Start? • IB Course Companions have EE suggested topics • Book, newspaper article, magazine piece that fascinated you • Author, historical figure, or performer that inspires you • Website, film, musical performance or play • Experiment that captured your imagination • Natural phenomenon • CAS or TOK activities • Issue or problem in local community, past or present • Significant event in your life or your family
Keep in Mind • Your original idea is PROVISIONAL until you are sure you can find enough supporting information in published from. • Be prepared to LISTEN to the advice of your supervisor---finalize your RESEARCH QUESTION with supervisor approval only
Barbara Dirscherl Teacher Librarian Palm Harbor University HS Palm Harbor, FL Sharon Vansickle English, TOK Marietta High School Marietta, Georgia IB Prepared: Extended Essay Guide, 2010 Acknowledgements