Ghs extended Essay Handbook General Guidelines 2



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GHS Extended Essay Handbook


1. General Guidelines 2

1.1 The Purpose 2

1.2 The Nature of the Extended Essay 2

1.3 The Choice of Topic 2

1.4 The Research Question 2

1.5 The Research Process 3

2. Organizing the Essay 5

2.1 Introduction 5

2.2 Body / Development 5

2.3 Conclusion 5

3. Formal Presentation 6

3.1 Length 6

3.2 Title 6

3.3 Abstract 6

3.4 Contents Page 6

3.5 Illustrations 7

3.6 References / Bibliography 7

3.7 Appendices 7

3.8 The Use of Other Media and Materials 7

4. Assessment of Extended Essays 9

4.1 Use of Assessment Criteria 9

4.2 General Assessment Criteria 9

4.3 Inappropriate Research Questions 9

4.4 Subject Assessment Criteria 10

4.5 Overall Assessment 10

4.6 Award of Diploma Points 11

4.7 Diploma Points Matrix 11

5. General Assessment Criteria 12

6. Additional Information 17

6.1 Things to avoid 17

6.2 Malpractice 17

6.3 What to Expect from Your Advisor 17

7. Calendar 20

8. Forms 22

8.1 EE Checklist and Timeline 23

8.2 EE Advisor Agreement 24

8.3 EE Advisor / Student Meeting Summary 25

8.4 General Criteria Checklist 26




1. General Guidelines

1.1 The Purpose


There are several reasons for doing the Extended Essay.

  • It will teach you the process of doing research fro developing the questions to the publication.

  • It will grant you a strong sense of accomplishment

  • You need it to earn the IB Diploma.

1.2 The Nature of the Extended Essay


The extended essay is defined as an in-depth study of a limited topic within a subject. Its purpose is to provide candidates with an opportunity to engage in independent research. Emphasis is placed on the process of engaging in personal research, on the communication of ideas and information in a logical and coherent manner, and on the overall presentation of the extended essay in compliance with these guidelines. Many of these general issues, such as the way in which information is handled, the level of analysis and the quality of argument, are assessed through the general assessment criteria. This is reflected in the relative weighting of 2:1 between the general and subject assessment criteria.

1.3 The Choice of Topic


The topic of the extended essay is the particular area of study within the chosen subject. Before a final decision is made about the choice of topic the relevant subject guidelines should be carefully considered.
Candidates should aim to choose a topic that is both interesting and challenging to them. The topic chosen should be limited in scope and sufficiently narrow to allow candidates to examine an issue or problem in depth. It should present the candidate with the opportunity to collect or generate information and/or data for analysis and evaluation. Candidates are not expected to make a contribution to knowledge within a subject.
A broad topic is unlikely to result in a successful extended essay. A topic that requires no personal research and/or requires an essentially narrative or descriptive approach is not suitable for an extended essay. Similarly, although a reliance on secondary sources is sometimes necessary, an extended essay, which only provides a summary of such sources, will not be successful. Writing a précis of a well-documented topic is unlikely to result in a successful extended essay.

1.4 The Research Question


When an appropriate topic has been chosen, candidates should narrow the focus of the investigation and formulate a specific research question. For many extended essays this will be phrased in the form of a question, but alternatives such as launching the investigation with a hypothesis are acceptable. By frequently referring to this research question, candidates should be able to maintain the purpose and orientation of the investigation.
Candidates are encouraged to formulate a challenging research question but to ensure that it can be explored within the constraints of essay length, time and resources available to them.

1.5 The Research Process


Owing to the diversity of subjects and the different approaches to research, this guide does not offer detailed advice on the methods and skills of research. However, a systematic process, shaped by the nature of the subject, is essential to generate and gather information and ideas that can be used to develop a convincing answer to the specified research question.
The following diagram is intended to provide a model for the process of conducting the research and writing the extended essay.

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