THE EXTENDED ESSAY. What is it? How do I get started? Good and Bad Research Questions Some Common Problems. Basic Facts about the Extended Essay. Requirement for the IB Diploma. Basic Facts. Personal research by the student
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What is it?
How do I get started?
Good and Bad Research Questions
Some Common Problems
In that subject, make a list of the
topical areas in the subject
which interest you.
Discuss this list with your teacher, with friends, with parents and anyone else who you think may be able to give you advice or be interested.
Choose an area from this list, and read more in this area with advice from your supervisor.
See whether there has been any research by others in this area.
Consult the librarian for help with tracking down research papers or writings, and read the abstracts.
Ask what methods you will need to adopt to answer the questions you have in mind.
Brainstorm and draw spider diagrams of questions and issues and connections between them.
Narrow down the number and scope of your questions as you proceed.
Consult your supervisor at each stage, and in case of difficulty.
EXPECT TO CHANGE YOUR MIND SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE YOU FINALLY SETTLE ON A TOPIC.
Does globalization affect Sweden?
What causes cancer?
What would have happened to Turkey if the last Sultans had been more powerful?
Does Istanbul have a central business district? (variant of an example in The Extended Essay, IBO, 1998)
Is there a connection between international coffee prices and living standards in Uganda?
The ecology of snails in the Maria Park area.
The establishment of foreign schools in Turkey in the 19th century
How has migration affected land use patterns in XXX province?
Students discover too late that there is too little data, or data is inaccessible.
Bad pacing of the research and writing process
The use of the work of other authors
(texts, data, creative productions,
oral statements OR ideas) without
proper acknowledgement, with the
effect that it appears to be the
plagiarist’s own work or idea.
Over-reliance on web-based sources
Students discover too late that their knowledge of the subject is not deep enough.
Ethical issues regarding gathering of data or performing of experiments
No contribution by the student – the extended essay is a compilation of information from other sources.
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