Ib extended essay & other research papers



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IB EXTENDED ESSAY & OTHER RESEARCH PAPERS

  • GOALS for this unit in IB Support:
  • How to choose a viable research question
  • BUT you’re NOT expected to choose your EE research question during this unit.
  • How to access, select & evaluate sources
  • How to recognize an excellent EE research paper

THE EXTENDED ESSAY

  • INDEPENDENT - prepares you for independent research expected in college
  • analytical answer to a question YOU develop from one of the IB subject areas
  • In-depth study of a meaningful topic
  • Presented in 4000 words (about 16 pages) This does not include acknowledgements, table of contents charts and tables, annotated illustrations, bibliography or any appendices.
  • in accordance with IB requirements
  • supervised by an adviser - a teacher from our school

What the EE (& any research paper) is NOT:

  • It is NOT a review of the literature
  • It is NOT a book report or plot summary
  • It is NOT everything you ever learned about your subject
  • It is NOT your opinion or your beliefs

What the EE (& any research paper) is:

  • investigation of a research question, the answer to which you don’t know
  • based on EVIDENCE & ARGUMENTS from your research to support your answer to the question
  • well constructed & ANALYTICAL
  • your original work (citing sources used)

Your EE Advisor will NOT

  • Tell you what to do or give you a RQ
  • Give you resources
  • Edit your work
  • Remind you of the deadlines & appointments
  • Chase you down
  • Approve your essay for submission if you don’t keep your appointments and deadlines with him/her

Your EE Advisor will:

  • Help you narrow down your RQ
  • Ensure that the RQ and subject choice meets IB requirements
  • Read your drafts
  • Advise you on research & analysis
  • Be available to answer your questions
  • Approve your essay for submission & complete a report to be submitted with your EE

Don’t do…

  • Don’t recycle topics/papers you have written for any classes.
  • Ethical considerations in design of experiments – no experiments that cause pain or stress to living organisms.
  • The RQ must be yours. One student per Research Question – this YOUR question.

Know the Criteria!

  • A. Research Question (0-2)
  • B. Introduction (0-2)
  • C. Investigation (0-4)
  • D. Knowledge of topic (0-4)
  • E. Reason argument (0-4)
  • F. Application of Analytical skills (0-4)
  • G. Use of appropriate language (0-4)
  • H. Conclusion (0-2)
  • I. Formal presentation (0-4)
  • J. Abstract (0-2)
  • K Holistic Judgment (0-4)
  • TOTAL possible points: 36

IB Points to Grades

  • 29 – 36 Excellent A
  • 23-28 Good B
  • 16-22 Satisfactory C
  • 8-15 Mediocre D
  • 0-7 Elementary E

Diploma Points Matrix – 2015 (you need at least 24 points for the diploma)

  • TOK/A
  • TOK/B
  • TOK/C
  • TOK/D
  • TOK/E
  • EE/A
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • No
  • diploma
  • EE/B
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 1
  • No diploma
  • EE/C
  • 2
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • No diploma
  • EE/D
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • No diploma
  • EE/E
  • No diploma
  • No diploma
  • No diploma
  • No diploma
  • No diploma

Where to start? You need a topic which is exciting and meaningful to you, so brainstorm: – individually – for 5 min:

  • List 5 of your favorite classes. For each course, think of lessons, projects, discussions, & readings & list the ones that:
  • intrigued you
  • made you think you could do this for a living
  • made you talk nonstop
  • morally outraged you
  • broke your heart, disturbed you
  • made you feel exceptionally smart
  • opened a whole new world to you
  • left you unsatisfied--there was so much more to discover
  • puzzled you--something just didn't make sense
  • Now list 5 significant events from your life, amazing books, films, plays, or people, then consider the above questions once again.
  • Fill the paper. When you've exhausted your memory, start crossing off ideas that are less interesting, less promising, impractical, unoriginal, or redundant. Circle your favorites.

What to do next?

  • Discuss your brainstorming list with a partner
  • Share with the class
  • Read the Research Packet and highlight/underline (5 pts)
  • Save the packet in your binder – you’ll use it again in the future


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