• An in-depth study of a specific topic• The topic is of your own choice• Has to be within a single Diploma Programme subject• Maximum 4000 words• Structured essay
• Choose a topic that requires the gathering and analysis of information from a number of sources• Engage in a genuine intellectual challenge• Do independent research and practice critical thinking• Present your arguments in a formal and structured manner
• To formulate and answer a research question• To analyze and evaluate effectively• To give qualified arguments• To communicate coherently• To meet high standards of academic presentation(formal langiage, correct referencing, bibliography and abstract)
• Recommended: 40 hours work in total• Work is done outside regular class work• Includes consultation sessions with supervisor• Internal deadlines: – Topic, Research question and disposition due in June, rough draft in August 2013 – Final draft due in November 2013
• Supervisor and subject teacher• Libraries! school library, research library. For instance: – School library - ask librarian for help – Kungliga Biblioteket – University of Stockholm• Extended Essay Guide (on managebac)• Internet reliable sites!
• Externally assessed - grade boundary scale 0- 36• Grade from A (excellent) to E (elementary)• Generic assessment criteria (A-K)• Combined with TOK essay gives max. 3 points• “Viva Voce”interview with supervisor(10-15 min)
A. Research question (maximum 2 points)B. Introduction (maximum 2 points)C. Investigation (maximum 4 points)D. Knowledge and understanding of the topic studied (max. 4 points)E. reasoned argument (maximum 4 points)F. application of analytical and evaluative skills (maximum 4 points)G. use of language ( maximum 4 points)H. conclusion (maximum 2 points)I. formal presentation ( maximum 4 points)J. abstract (maximum 2 points)K. holistic judgement (maximum 4 points)
• Give a clear indication of sources used• NO plagiarism, collusion or duplication This is malpractice!!• When detected disqualification from Diploma• “Viva Voce”-interview with supervisor (10-15 min) (the last thing you do)
• Plagiarism = the representation of ideas or work of another person as the candidate’s own• Collusion = supporting malpractice by another candidate, as in allowing one’s work to be copied or submitted for assessment by another• Duplication of work = presentation of the same work for different assessment components and/or diploma requirements• Any other behavior which gains an unfair advantage for a candidate or which affects the results of another candidate
• Think about a topic within a subject that you are really interested in.• Consult with your teachers about the feasibility of the topic.• When approved write a formal disposition with Research Question, outline, and list of sources.• By June you should be in the process of researching an approved topic.