Sagesse high school ib economics extended essay contract

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An extended essay is a process that is supposed to last for nine months. This is the main reason that should push students to work on a research question that appeal to their interest. A good essay is a matter of applying the general rules and regulations governing the extended essay process. Therefore, it is extremely crucial that you consider the following guidelines before starting your investigation:

  • formulate a narrowed down research question that is related to your own area, city, school or neighborhood

  • avoid general questions that could lead to descriptive essays

  • formulate a question or a hypothesis that can be tested using relevant economic theories

  • read as much secondary resources as you can and select critically the ones related to your area of interest

  • conduct a detailed research about the extent to which you can gather primary resources in helping you answering your research question

  • make sure to reference your work while you are proceeding

  • develop a preliminary timed plan including a structure that you are planning to follow in order to complete your essay

Please take your time filling in the following information:

  • The research question/hypothesis you are planning to answer or to test:

  • The reasons behind your choice of the topic:

  • The scope of investigation you are planning to follow:

  1. Primary resources

  1. Secondary resources

- Difficulties or weaknesses that might prevent you from completing your plan:

Extended Essay Structure:
The research question chosen should be tackled in a maximum of 4000 words. The extended essay’s word count includes the following parts: the introduction, the body and the conclusion reached. It excludes the abstract, acknowledgements, the table of contents, the list of illustrations, the references and the appendices.
General Organization of the Essay
1) A title page as an apparent indicator of the focus of the research question
2) An abstract (to be written at the end of the research process) not exceeding 300 words and including

a) A clear, specific and focused research question

b) A clear description of the scope of investigation

c) The conclusion reached

3) Contents Page: placed directly after the abstract indicating the numbered pages of the essay.
4) A list of Illustrations: placed directly after the abstract indicating the numbered pages of the tables, graphs, diagrams, and maps used in the essay. These illustrative materials should be clearly related to the extended essay and acknowledged appropriately.
5) The core of the Extended Essay

A. Introduction:

1) Reasons for selecting the topic

2) Brief background about the topic

3) A specific and clear research question

4) Possible answers to the research question

B. Body
C. Conclusion:

1) A clearly written answer to the research question

2) Clear justification of the research question

3) Additional questions that can be tackled from the main research question

4) Unresolved issues due to essay limitations
6) References/Bibliography: must include the list of secondary resources used throughout the essay. References should include the name of the author, date and title of publication and the name of the publisher.
7) Appendices: candidates must not include important information related to the investigation in the appendices since examiners are not obliged to read them.
Extended Essay Time Table



February (IBI)

Introducing the IB I students to the rules and regulations of the extended essay

March (IBI)

Students select their subject of interest and develop possible research questions

March (IBI)

Concerned supervisors meet with their students and explain their roles and responsibilities, the students’ roles and responsibilities and the school’s roles and responsibilities

April (IB I)

Concerned supervisors hold a session with their students exploring with them previous problems faced by IB graduates.

May (IB I)

Students hand in a preliminary outline including details mode of work intended to be followed

June (IB I)

Supervisors meet with the students before the end of the year to discuss the preliminary outline and to provide general guidance for the students

July, August, September

Students work on their data collection and hypothesis testing during the summer

October (IB II)

Students hand in their first draft to be read and not edited to their supervisors

December (IB II)

Students hand in their second draft for general guidance to their supervisors

January (IB II)

Students hand in their final copy after carefully proofreading it


Student’s signature: Supervisor’s signature:

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