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Introduction to IB Extended Essays for Senior 6 students at the British School of Costa Rica, by Ana Rojas and Thea Wolff

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  • EE Senior 6 intro

    1. 1. The Extended Essay Senior 6 Introductory Session BRITISH SCHOOL OF COSTA RICA 2013 Session
    2. 2. BEFORE WE START Make a list of the most pressing questions you have at the moment about Extended Essays. At the end of this session we will try to answer all of your questions You may also bring up myths and comments you have heard around to clarify. Make notes during the whole presentation. You will find them useful later on.
    3. 3. The Diploma Programme
    4. 4. EE Brief Description A requirement to obtain the IB Diploma Externally assessed by IBO evaluators (not supervisor) Total assessment points 0-36, of which a grade between an A to E is awarded Represents 40 hours of work Point relationship between TOK and EE (maximum 3 diploma points altogether) (E grade in both is automatic fail. E in one and less than 28 points is also a fail) Opportunity for personal exploration/independent learning Great preparation for university-style research papers Topic chosen by YOU, but agreed upon with supervisor Topic chosen within IB subjects taught in school
    5. 5. EE General Requirements Between 3,500-4,000 words Involves academic, critical research Supervisor can spend a maximum of 5 hours helping you Apply analytical and evaluative skills, and terminology appropriate to subject matter Supervisor submits a predicted grade and a supervisor’s report to the IBO. Not revealed to student. Concludes with the viva voce interview EE demands a “diverse range of sources” in most subjects
    6. 6. EE Assessment ObjectivesAs an Extended Essay student you are required to:Plan carefully, leading up to proposed topicDevelop a precise research questionLearn where to find and interpret research materialsStructure a reasoned argument to answer research question(based on research)Apply the correct vocabulary, format and argumentative styleaccording to the subject
    7. 7. EE Coordinator Role Train all supervisors and students Provide students with a qualified supervisor Make Extended Essay information and guidelines accessible Provide and manage deadlines to all supervisors and students Provide learning and researching opportunities Resolve all pending EE issues and questions Ship all EEs out for external assessing Contact information: Always in the English office during first break Mrs. Wolff, IB Coordinator:
    8. 8. Subject-Specific Areas Which are my options?Group 1 (English/Spanish) Group 4 Experimental Sciences Literature Biology / Biología Language and Literature Chemistry Physics / FísicaGroup 2 (French B) Environmental systems and societiesGroup 3 (Individuals and Societies) Group 5 Mathematics and Computer Science Geography Mathematics History / Historia Computer Science Information technology in a global society (ITGS) Group 6 The arts Economics Visual Arts/Artes visuales Philosophy / Filosofía Music Note: To obtain a bilingual diploma you want to do your Extended Essay in a language other than your Group 1 Language
    9. 9. IB clarifies: To qualify as a history EE, all events discussed must take place ten years ago or more Group 2 EEs must be written in the target language and on matters related to the target language (not Costa Rican media) No strong links between internal assessment topics and Extended Essay No similar topics between current students or former students
    10. 10. Responsibilities of the Student Choose a topic of personal interest and invest the time defining carefully your research question Observe and follow all EE regulations, both general and specific (“Extended Essay Guide 2013” printed copy from supervisor or in the office) Never plagiarize, acknowledge ALL sources cited Meet BSCR/Supervisor deadlines Communicate with your supervisor!  Actively request appointments and attend meetings  Ask for help immediately when struggling  Address emerging issues
    11. 11. IB recommends Start work early Draft research question carefully and precisely Plan when, where and how to obtain material for research Plan schedule for researching and writing, including extra time for unforeseen problems Record sources in bibliography and quotes as you read them. Do not wait until essay writing time! Have a clear structure before writing Check and edit essay carefully Check and meet all basic requirements
    12. 12. EE Examiners recommend Read assessment criteria and EE Guide 2013 (subject) Read previous Extended Essays (Library) Maintain a good working relationship with supervisor Use the library and consult supervisor for further sources Change research question as soon as serious problems appear for a more answerable question Use language appropriate for the field Show your enthusiasm for the topic in your writing
    13. 13. Off the Record from the IBO Quality is important, but so is quantity. Getting as close to the 4,000 word-count is important… …except in Math. A great paper can be 3,300 words. But usually, 3,300 words will earn very low marks. Experimental designs are frequently a must-have for a decent grade in a science essay. Do not choose a subject that you are just beginning to have background in. This is not the time for beginner’s exploration. This is a time for further exploration.
    14. 14. Things to Avoid Choosing a question that is too broad or vague, narrow, difficult or inappropriate Forgetting to analyze/answer the question Ignoring the EE Assessment Criteria Wasting time collecting data irrelevant to your question Surfing the Internet aimlessly and uncritically Limiting yourself to internet sources only Plagiarizing Simply describing or reporting other information Repeat introduction in the conclusion Citing sources that aren’t used
    15. 15. Supervisor’s Role Use knowledge in subject area to provide advice and guidance to students Helps define research question Aids in the research process Reads and comments on first draft Submits a predicted grade to the IBO Conducts the viva voce with student Reports plagiarism, if suspected Your supervisor does NOT have to:  Offer/choose a topic for you  Chase you around school for meetings or deadlines  Edit/proofread your paper, only advice on ideas  Read endless numbers of drafts for you
    16. 16. Supervisor Selection Students request a meeting with at least 2 potential supervisors to discuss possible topics (already proposed by you). If feasible, supervisor signs proposal form and you hand it in to the Extended Essay coordinator. Think about at least 2 different subjects, since some subjects seem to be too popular and supervisors get booked/full very early. Choose a teacher you will feel comfortable working with. Ask your supervisor if they will be in school next year, to avoid any future issues regarding supervision. Changes in subject choice need to occur very early in the process, and only when both supervisors, Extended Essay coordinator and IB coordinator agree.
    17. 17. The Research Process (Phase A) Read the subject-specific guide for your subject area (starting on p. 26 of the 2013 Extended Essay Guide) Check out past student essays in the Library (As and Bs) Brainstorm general ideas or attempts at research questions, explaining why the topic is of interest to you Work with your supervisor to develop a research question that is: Answerable within 3,500-4,000 words Focused to the subject matter Correctly worded and unambiguous Relevant/Important enough to be asked
    18. 18. The Research Process (Phase B) Discuss with your supervisor:  The location of materials for your topic (Internet, Google books, school library, university libraries, institutional libraries, books purchased internationally, specialized journals or magazines, research databases, interviews with experts, experiments, surveys, etc.)  A proper academic referencing/citing system (APA, MLA, etc.)  A general list of sub-headings for your paper  A developing list of EE reading for background and information-gathering  Internal BSCR deadlines  Best times to meet or discuss the EE
    19. 19. The Research Process (Phase C)  Undertake some preparatory reading (is there enough research material, has this been done before?). If too difficult, start again with a new topic  Make sure you use scholarly sources (essays, articles, books written by professionals with advanced degrees in the field of study)  Carry out the investigation  Organize material gathered logically according to outline  Prepare for things to go wrong. You may find material that contradicts what you started with, so be ready to revise and change research question
    20. 20. Writing the Extended EssayParts of an Extended Essay  Title page  Abstract  Acknowledgements (of desired)  Contents page  Introduction  Body (development/methods/results)  Conclusion  References and bibliography  Appendices
    21. 21. Word limitMaximum 4000 words, minimum 3500 (20 p)IntroductionBody (including quotes)ConclusionWhat is not included in these 4000 wordsAbstractAcknowledgementsContent pageMaps, charts, diagrams, annotated illustrations, tables, imagecaptionsEquations, formulas and calculationsCitations and references (whether parenthetical or footnotes)BibliographyAppendices
    22. 22. Writing the Extended Essay Extremely precise structure Introduction should be written after you have already developed the body of the essay (general overview) Abstract written absolutely last (after first draft conference) Main focus of essay is the body Sub-headings helpful in most subjects Include only relevant sources, citations all present and consistent Evaluator not required to read references, bibliography, or footnotes
    23. 23. Planning your time 7/8 = Research Phase (Apr-Nov 2012) Student & supervisor work together to:SE Explore and discuss ideasN Locate appropriate resourcesI Discuss readings and ideasO Develop a suitable research questionR Supervisor monitors research progress 1/8 = Writing Phase (Dec-May 2013)6S Student works independently over summer to:ENIO Organize research materialR Carry out experiments7 Write EE first full draft Revision conference to discuss draft Revise and have ready the final EE Interview with supervisor about the whole experience (viva voce)
    24. 24. Contacting your parents Students are required to be proactive in attending meetings, completing assignments, and communicating struggles Parents will be kept updated of your progress on grade reports and progress reports sent home First phone call to parents may occur after missed meetings, due dates, or failing to be in school on deadline days This will result in after school detentions to make up for the time wasted
    25. 25. What is the Viva Voce? Verbal interview Lasts 10-15 minutes Serves as conclusion to EE process Opportunity for reflection Can serve as plagiarism/malpractice check Used to bolster holistic assessment Should end on a positive note
    26. 26. Extended Essay Grade Boundaries A 29 – 36 B 23 – 28 C 16 – 22 D 8 – 15 E0–7