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1 Supervisor Workshop, Fall 2010 Utica Academy for International Studies The Extended EssaySupervisor Workshop, Fall 2010Utica Academy for International Studies
2 Workshop Goals…Understand the requirements and process that will prepare students to write the Extended Essay (EE)Gain a better understanding of the scoring rubric and the scoring processUnderstand the roles and responsibilities of an EE supervisorBe prepared to create a informational department presentation to guide diploma candidates toward an area of EE studyIf time, evaluate the semester project.
4 *Coordinators should consult programme guide for passing eligibility.
5 New Regulation for 2010From 2010 onward, 28 points overall will be required for a student to be eligible for a diploma if that student earns an “E” in either TOK or Extended Essay. As previously, an “A” in one of those requirements earns an extra point even if the other grade is an “E.” Attaining in “E” in both still continues to represent an automatic failure.
6 The Extended Essay Manual Required Material for All Supervisors (Pages 1-33)
7 Core Components—EE Manual Introduction, Outline, Details, All EssaysGeneral information for all subjectsNature, aims, objectives of EE (p. 1-6)School (p. 7)Supervisors (p. 8-9)Students (p. 10)Use of media and other materials (p. 19)Viva voce (p. 20)General assessment criteria (p. 25)Read page 4: “International Dimensions.”
8 EE Brief Description Chosen from approved DP list Required for IB diploma eligibilityExternally assessed by IBO evaluatorsTotal assessment points 0-36, of which a grade between an A to E is awardedPoint relationship between TOK and EEOpportunity for personal explorationAligned with learner profile
9 EE General Requirements Between 3,500-4,000 wordsInvolves higher level research300 word abstractRepresents a 40-hour commitmentNo editing by the supervisorSupervisor submits a predicted grade and a supervisor’s report to the IBOConcludes with the viva voce interview
10 Relationship Between EE & TOK Aligned with TOK for awarding of pointsBoth require interpretation/evaluation of evidence and formation of reasoned argumentsDiffers from TOK in that EE places and emphasis on research process and the outcome
11 TOK and EE Sample Topics TOK: How can the different ways of knowing help us to distinguish between what is true and what is believed to be true? Discuss the claim that some areas of knowledge are invented and others are discovered. Extended Essay Research Question: JRR Tolkien has been criticized for the seemingly exclusive masculinity of his Lord of the Rings trilogy. To what extent is The Lord of the Rings an empowering work for the female?
12 Subject-Specific Areas Where Can UAIS Students Write Their EEs?Group 1 (English) Film Social and cultural anthropologyGroup 2 (Spanish) Geography TheatreGroup 2 (Mandarin) History Visual ArtsGroup 2 (French) Human Rights World ReligionsGroup 2 (Japanese) Information technology in a global societyBiology MathematicsChemistry MusicClassical Greek/Latin Peace and conflict studiesComputer Science PhilosophyDance PhysicsDesign Technology PoliticsEconomics PsychologyEnvironmental systems and societies
14 EE Assessment Criteria (p. 22-31) Provides overview of each criterion assessesForms the basis of the scoring rubric for all subject areasFurther advice on interpreting assessment criteria provided within guidelines for each subject provided in “Details—subject specific” section
15 Extended Essay Criteria A Research Question 2 B Introduction 2 C Investigation 4 D Knowledge/Understanding 4 E Reasoned Argument 4 F Apply Analysis & Evaluation 4 G Language Appropriate 4 H Conclusion 2 I Formal Presentation 4 J Abstract 2 K Holistic Judgment 4
16 Extended Essay Grade Boundaries C 16 – 22D 8 – 15E 0 – 7
17 Details—Subject Specific Guidelines Specific subject criteria (p )Each subject area includes:Overview of subjectChoice of topicTreatment of the topicInterpretation of the assessment rubricAll teachers must know subject-specific details and criteria for students to be successful!
18 Supervisor Responsibilities Conduct departmental meetings for EEDiscuss choice of topicHelp formulate and adjust research questionEnsure research question satisfies legal and ethical standardsAdvise students on how to:• Gather and analyze information/evidence/data• Encourage consultation with school/university librarian(s)• Write an abstract• Document sources in standard format• Participate in the viva voce
19 Supervisor Responsibilities Read sample essays & examiner reports.Make samples available to students.Let students score sample essays.Spend three to five hours with each student.Students may work with or consult outside sources, but the supervisor is responsible for completing all responsibilities stated.
20 Supervisor Responsibilities Know subject area assessment criteriaRead and comment on first draft onlyMonitor progressRead final version to confirm authenticityConduct the viva voceSubmit predicted gradeComplete evaluator’s reportReport malpractice, if suspected
21 The Iceberg Model 7/8 = Pre-Writing/Draft Phase 1/8 = Writing Phase Student & supervisor work together to:Explore and discuss ideasLocate appropriate resourcesDiscuss readings and ideasDevelop a suitable research questionSupervisor monitors progressRepresents 3-5 hours of work per student1/8 = Writing PhaseStudent works independently to:Write EE draftRevision conference drives final draft of essayPrepare the final EE
22 The UAIS EE Schedule Provides internal & external due dates Timeline can coincide with SDD with sophomores and freshmenBuilds in six mandatory in-school meetings with studentsEvaluation grade for TOK following each interview, except Viva VoceStudents write their rough drafts during summer
23 Subject-Specific Seminars: Nov. 18 Goal: Provide students with specific subject area info necessary to select best topicJuniors rotate four times among different classrooms, spending thirty minutes in eachProvide specific information about writing in your area that EE coordinator cannot
24 Subject Preference Seminars Outline Overview of subject-specific guidelines and topic choicesHelpful examiner comments from English evaluatorsSample topics and questions for EnglishSubject-specific issues to consider before choosing EnglishAcademic referencingQ&A or peruse examples if time remains
25 Supervisor Selection: January Students submit at least two EE proposals in two separate subjects; EE coordinator collectsDepartment representatives meet to divide students equitably and in their best interestsDepartments meet to assess best supervisor-student relationshipSupervisor-student pairings announced
26 Discussion: Where Do We Go? Option 1: Supervisors and students set own meeting times and department- generated due dates, set to occur before or after school or during lunch.Option 2: Coordinator aligns freshmen & sophomore semester project work days with pre-determined due dates, set to occur during the school day itself.
27 Writing EE Research Questions Must be truly in subject areaMust be specific, argumentative, manageableScience: no blending of disciplines and no secondary research papersHistory: must be at least ten years pastRefer to Glossary of Command Terms
28 Conducting EE Research Coordinator will take students to a university library, if possibleDepartments should give students advice based on their own research experiencesMake clear a documentation style you expect and is appropriate for researchDemand working bibliographies, outlines, and written notes or note cards
30 Revision ConferenceFollows completion of the rough draft in September of senior yearAbsolutely NO editing or marks on clean paper provided back to studentComments provided in boxes on rubric onlyConference regarding draft can only occur once!
31 Supervisor’s Final Report Must be signed by the candidate and the studentRequires estimate of total hours spent with candidateCompleted only after a predicted grade is given by the supervisor, with commentsShould NOT be signed if suspected of plagiarism
32 What is the Viva Voce? Verbal interview Lasts 10-15 minutes Serves as conclusion to EE processOpportunity for reflectionCan serve as plagiarism/malpractice checkUsed to bolster holistic assessmentShould end on a positive noteRefer to page 20 in EE guideHave everyone read pages of the guide.
33 Academic Integrity (pages 36-47) Student is ultimately responsible.Works or ideas of others must be correctly acknowledged.Supervisor confirms that the EE the student submits is authentic work of the student.Both plagiarism and collusion are forms of malpractice.Same piece of work, or two versions of the same, cannot be submitted by the student
34 EE Supervisor Integrity Tips Always require draftsWhen in doubt, encourage citationGive any suspicious read a second look 24 hours laterFair and transparent application of rulesCite the IB learner profile and school policyMonitor progress regularly
35 Group ActivityRead over subject specific guidelines for your particular subject area.Score one exemplar using the rubric to derive a predicted score. This mimics what you must do for each of your EE students.Practice writing “non-editing” comments on the draft. Use the combined rubric for your subject matter to help you.
36 Group Activity: Scoring Guidelines Scoring guidelines for EE supervisors
37 Scores for Sample Essays Language A1 History Poets A (33) Israel A (31) Gatsby C (20) Mexico C (19) History Biology Israel A (31) Malaria D (10) Mexico C (19) Juice B (25) Plant Extracts A (33) Mathematics Fractional Calculus A (34) Visual Arts Papageorge C (20) Le Corbusier A (36)
38 Examiner Reports 2009 Biology The most successful essays had a small number of a clearly defined and easily manipulated independent variables and a quantifiable and easily measured dependent variable. Successful essays often relied on the use of basic equipment of the type that can be normally found in a school, and were carried out in the school laboratory or in the local environment.There can be no doubt that the quality, and to a lesser extent the quantity, of supervision received by a candidate can play a significant role in the success of an extended essay. Consequently there is a strong need for supervisors to familiarize themselves with the current guide and to assist the candidates in interpreting the requirements.
39 Examiner Reports 2009HistoryDisappointing to see the continuation of three different research questions or titles; one on the front cover, a different one in the abstract, and a third version in the introduction.Few essays submitted exceeded 4,000 words, but too many were very short, more like the length of a class essay.Most candidates, even weaker ones, showed evidence of planning and the collection of some relevant data; use of “a sufficient or imaginative range of sources” was more problematical.Abstracts continue to cause problems
40 Examiner Reports 2009 Language A1 The choice to follow well-trodden paths by writing on such classics as The Grapes of Wrath, Animal Farm and The Lord of the Flies, [produced] results no better than satisfactory; same was true in the case of popular contemporary works like J. K. Rowling’s, where the candidates tended to produce no more than uncritical expositions of theme and character.Students should be urged to proof-read their essays carefully before submission.Helping define a fruitful and manageable research question is the main challenge for supervisors.
41 Examiner Reports 2009MathSupervisors should err on the side of providing too much guidance rather than being too passive. It must never be forgotten that before being an instrument of assessment, EEs are meant to provide a learning opportunity, an active hands-on experience with the subject. This opportunity for learning must be carefully monitored by the supervisor who must try to make it as positive an experience as possible.
42 Examiner Reports 2009Visual Arts/StudiesMany students were weak in Criterion F—without strong focused research question it is difficult to collect data and evaluate sources for comparison.Supervisors and students need to thoroughly peruse the EE Guide 2007, including subject-specific details, applying constant reference in order to obtain higher standards.The dependence of some candidates upon Wikipedia and similar sites is quite disheartening.(Mentioned in almost all subject areas!!!)
43 Advice to All Supervisors Some supervisors, unfortunately, appear not to have ever read the responsibilities of the supervisor and subject criteria guide in the EE guide.Some supervisors are neglecting to write any comments on the candidates’ performance— though claiming great amounts of supervision time.A sizeable proportion of essays contained very brief, uninformative comments or none at all while others wrote lengthy reports that contained irrelevant information.
44 Reviewing Goals…Understand the requirements and process that will prepare students to write the Extended Essay (EE)Gain a better understanding of the scoring rubric and the scoring processUnderstand the roles and responsibilities of an EE supervisorBe prepared to create a informational department presentation to guide diploma candidates toward an area of EE studyQuestions?
45 The Big Picture: Semester Projects (How) can we better prepare our students for the Extended Essay with the current semester project?Where, if at all, do we feel students need more help in the research process?