3 Nature of Extended Essay (page 4) Required for IB diploma eligibilityExternally assessed by IBO evaluatorsRoughly 3,500-4,000 words in lengthChosen from current subjects and preferably a current focus of studyTotal assessment points 0-36, of which a grade between an A to E is awardedRepresents 40 hours of workTopic agreed upon with supervisor
4 Nature of Extended Essay (cont.) Involves collegiate, critical researchSupervisor meetings totaling 4+ hoursApply analytical and evaluative skills, terminology toward subject matterSupervisor submits a predicted grade and a supervisor’s report to the IBOConcludes with the viva voce interviewEE demands a “diverse range of sources”
5 Aims/Assessment Objectives (pages 5-6) Plan carefully, leading up to proposed topicDevelop a thoughtful research questionGather, interpret, present, and argue information as it pertains to subject areaUse the correct vocabulary and argumentative style according to the demands of the subjectApply analytical and evaluative skills in the subject chosen
6 School Responsibilities (page 6) Train all supervisors and studentsProvide students with qualified supervisorMake general and subject-specific information and guidelines accessibleMake students aware of how the EE fits into program requirementsProvide recommended deadlines to all supervisors and studentsProvide learning and researching opportunitiesResolve all pending EE issues and questionsShip all EEs out for external assessing
7 Supervisor’s Role (pages 6-8) Use knowledge in subject area to provide advice and guidance to studentsHelps define research questionAids in the research processReads and comments on rough draftSubmits a predicted grade to the IBOConducts the viva voce with studentReports plagiarism, if suspected
8 UAIS supervisors should… Spend 3-5 hours with youWork to ensure you’ve written a great questionAdvise you on where to find materialsVerify your sourcesHelp troubleshoot when you are stuckGrade your rough draft and discuss it at a conferenceConduct a viva voce conference at end
9 UAIS supervisors should NOT… Do research for youTell you what sources to useGive specific advice on how to improve your draftCorrect bibliographies or citationsChase you down for meetingsRe-teach you concepts in the subject matter you should already know
10 Responsibilities of the Student (page 9) Choose a topic of interest and invest the time into your research questionObserve and follow all EE regulations, both general and specificMeet UAIS/Supervisor deadlinesCommunicate with your supervisor!Attend meetingsAsk for helpAddress emerging issuesBe honest and open!
11 Advice to Students: DO… (page 9) Start early! Follow UAIS deadlines.Think and plan carefully your proposal and your questionPlan a schedule for yourself for completing EEList every source on your bibliography as you goFollow the rubric and final checklist UAIS provides
12 Advice to Students: Do NOT… (page 10) …forget to analyze/answer the question…ignore the EE rubric…waste time collecting date irrelevant to your question…surf the Internet aimlessly, repeatedly, with no discipline…show lack of discipline in citing sources…describe or report other information…cite sources that aren’t used in paper
13 Writing the Extended Essay (page 11) Extremely precise structureIntroduction should be written after bodyAbstract written absolutely lastMain focus of essay is the bodySub-headings helpful in most subjectsInclude only relevant sources, citations all present and consistentEvaluator not required to read references, bibliography, or footnotes
14 *Coordinators should consult programme guide for passing eligibility.
15 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* Mathematics*Chemistry * MusicClassical Greek/Latin Peace and conflict studiesComputer Science PhilosophyDance Physics*Design Technology PoliticsEconomics PsychologyEnvironmental systems and societies*These subjects require teacher approval for student selection.
16 On the Record, From the IBO… To qualify as a history EE, all events discussed must take place ten years ago or moreGroup 2 EEs must be written in the language for which it is being submitted and must meet current teacher approvalJapanese: 1 word = approximately 2 Japanese charactersChinese: 1 word = approximately 1.2 Chinese characters
17 On the Record, From the IBO… Students MAY NOT elaborate, overlap with, or supplement an internal assessment from a DYP class with their EE choiceNo two students may write an EE posing the same or nearly same questionStudents may further explore a question studied in freshman or sophomore year, or one never explored in any class (though this is not recommended)
18 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.Certain subjects grade students unfairly according to well-established IB schools. We have one femme-fatale at the Academy: psychology.Reports on other scientific reports in sciences score very low. Experimental designs are frequently a must- have for a decent grade.
19 Off the Record from the IBO (Overheard in a Cardiff Bar Exam) If considering writing a group 2 essay, you’re required to get a teacher signature. Don’t write one unless you could score a 5 on the AP foreign language test.Take the IBO’s advice here: “Choosing to write the extended essay in a subject that is not being studied as part of the Diploma Programme often leads to lower marks.” This is not allowed at UAIS.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.
20 Subject-Specific Areas…Once Again Where Can UAIS Students Write Their EEs?Group 1 (English) Film Social and cultural anthropologyGroup 2 (Spanish) Geography Theatre 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
21 Combined Role: The Iceberg Model 7/8 = Research Phase (Now-June 2015)Student & supervisor work together to:Explore and discuss ideasLocate appropriate resourcesDiscuss readings and ideasDevelop a suitable research questionSupervisor monitors research progressRepresents 3-5 hours of work per studentNow until June1/8 = Writing Phase (Jun Dec. 2016)Student works independently over summer to:Write EE draftOrganizing your writingRevision conference drives final draft of essayPrepare the final EE
22 The UAIS EE ScheduleProvides internal & external due dates as the IBO strongly recommendsBuilds in five mandatory in-school meetings with supervisorsAssignments are given at each meeting and expected to be completed by the studentVast majority of work completed before senior year
23 The Research Process Choosing a topic Attend UAIS subject-specific seminars for information on EE guidelines for all subjects on Friday, November 7thBrainstorm general ideas or attempts at research questions, explaining why the topic is of interest to youSubmit proposals to the EE coordinator (YEOKUM) on or before Monday, November 24th
24 Subject Preference Seminars November 7th, morning sessionAttend all subject areas in your scheduleUnderstand subject-specific guidelinesAppropriate types of EE questions and samples of topics and questionsReceive helpful examiner commentsAcademic referencing styleQ&A session with teachers
25 UAIS Process: Supervisor Selection Students submit and rank two EE proposals in two separate subjects; EE coordinator collects by November 24thFull UAIS staff divides students according to teachers’ expertise in proposed areas and to balance staff responsibilitiesSupervisor-student pairings announced mid DecemberIn-department changes made only when student and both teachers in agreement
26 The Research Process Discuss with your supervisor: The location of materials for your topicA proper academic referencing systemA general list of sub-headings for your paperA developing list of EE reading for background and information-gatheringInternal UAIS deadlinesBest times to meet or discuss the EE
27 EE and DP InterventionStudents are required to be proactive in attending meetings, completing assignments, and communicating strugglesReference DP Intervention form to studentsPotential loss of group 2 or group 4 topic if missed lab or draft dateWill impact college application process
28 The Research ProcessOnce students have read more deeply in their areas and assembled a stronger background from which to work, they will begin carrying out their investigation through proper researching techniques that are consistent, balanced, and organized. Failure to buy in to this process looks like this…
30 Referencing (pages 13-14)Bibliography is NOT a Works Cited page, but IB treats bibliography as suchBibliography: collection of referencesReferences: individual sourcesCitations: In-text parenthetical and Footnoting documentation
31 The Research Process…and results in this: Not Submitted “If a candidate uses the work or ideas of another person, the candidate must acknowledge the source using a standard style of referencing in a consistent manner. A candidate’s failure to acknowledge a source will be investigated by the IB as a potential breach of regulations that may result in a penalty imposed by the IB final awards committee” (First Examinations 2013).
32 So, What About Those Grades? Grades are not often released worldwide by the IBOThe latest information shows us the following very interesting statistics, from which many inferences can be drawn…
36 Did you know…? Published research College course opt-out Instruct other college studentsEnter into Honors College*Anecdotal evidence supplied by former UAIS students-results may vary and are not a guarantee for all
37 IB Extended Essay Supports Success at U Va. Key findings:The IB’s extended essay does have an effect on student’s research confidence and willingness to engage in future research.Former IB students felt strongly that the IB extended essay prepared them to conduct various facets of the research process.When compared with former AP students, IB students were significantly more likely to indicate they:felt prepared for college-level coursework involving research.had in fact executed a research project at U Va. took pride in their research.intended to conduct future research.found their research skills to be important to their future success.felt supported, after completion of the extended essay, with skills such as gathering and evaluating evidence, and writing and time management, and that they experienced reduced anxiety around writing.A statistically significant relationship existed between extended essay scores and first-semester and final semester college GPAs, after controlling for background characteristics.Released: 1/30/2013 9:00 AM EST Embargo expired: 2/1/ :00 PM ESTSource Newsroom: International Baccalaureate
38 What’s next? Take notes on handout Place back into folder Go to uaisresearch.com website:Tab: EE Preparations: meeting 1/2Click on link for EE guideFind and read all 6 of your IB courses subject specific guides (those not offered at UAIS do not read)Take notes on handoutPlace back into folder
40 PM Training: November 7, 2014 Goals… Brainstorm ideas for proposals Address issues of building a researchable topic and questionReview important dates and handouts on EE calendarDiscuss winter and spring supervisionReview the EE website as a resource
41 Parking lot questions: Which year had the best/most A’s?When doing English EE on a book, is it necessary to cite the book over and over again?YES!Graduating ClassABCDEN201272841162942013142533818320142251174102
42 Q & A continue:Will your supervisor give you positive or negative feedback, or just suggest alternatives?All of the aboveAt the meetings will content be discussed?YesWhat topics can we do if we write in group 2?Hopefully this was covered at AM presentations today
43 Q & A continue:Would you be able to get English credits for writing an EE in Group 2?Universities and colleges look at Writing/ Rhedoric/Composition – check with each place if it qualifies
44 General vs. Subject-Specific Guidelines General guidelines are broad requirements for all essays: basic outline for each essay, required components, word count, academic honesty, purpose and aims, and so onSubject-specific guidelines are specific considerations germane to writing in sciences, English, history. These include issues of style but also rules and restrictions on what are acceptable questions.
45 Activity: Brainstorming EE Topics Fold blank paper into thirdsLabel your favorite/strongest subjectsThink of the lessons, issues, projects, discussions, readings that you experienced in these classes over the last two and a half years. Particularly ask yourself which ones…
46 Intrigued youMade you think you could do this for a livingMade you talk nonstopMorally outraged youBroke your heart or disturbed youOpen a whole new world to youLeft you unsatisfied—there was more to discoverMade you read or investigate furtherPuzzled you—something that didn’t make sense
47 Narrow Your Brainstorm Cross out what’s impractical or unanswerable or outside approved topic areasCross out what’s less promising, interesting, impractical, unoriginalLook at what’s left and take it down another level of specificity by posing a question or stating, “I want to learn more about/I want to find out what/how/why…”
48 Topics of Interest…Good Examples English: “I want to research the role of racism in the Harry Potter series,” developed into the question…“To what extent does J.K. Rowling use blood as a complex literary device in the Harry Potter series to demonstrate the negative impact of racism?”
49 Topics of Interest…Good Examples History: A student who wanted to study the changes that occurred in her family’s homeland as a result of the fall of communism…“To what extent did the fall of communism in Romania improve the lives of Romanians in the 1990s?”
50 Topics of Interest…Good Examples History: A student fascinated with the first World War and modern warfare submitted the following…“How effective was the tank during the First World War?”
51 Topics of Interest…Good Examples Biology: “Can common kitchen appliances, frequently exposed to gluten, be cleaned through customary sanitation techniques to prepare gluten-free food?”Visual Arts: “How does the usage of Fengshui in the design of Emperor Qin's tomb accentuate ancient Chinese spirituality of the afterlife?”
52 Glossary of Terms IBO-produced terminology of definitions Called “qualifiers,” as they indicate the direction of your essay, regardless of topicHelp you avoid yes/no (close-ended) questionsThe use of multiple ones can greatly lengthen your essayIt is important to check the definition of yours before submitting for approval
53 Monday, November 24, 2014 Topic of interest form due Link to subject specific guides on the uaisresearch.com website
54 CAS/EE Parent Contract Discussed in early September at DP parent nightRequired for parents to understand IB core requirements and policiesSpecific requirements for group 2 and group 4
55 Review of Upcoming EE Calendar Topics of Interest Due by Nov. 24th in the counseling office (box)Supervisor Decisions: Early DecemberSupervisors Announced: By Dec. 15thFirst Conference Window: Jan. 5-21stRubric Training sessions during lunch: Jan. 23rd and 27thSecond Conference Window: Feb th/23rd- 27th
56 The UAIS Research Website uaisresearch.comContains everything you will need:Announcements and instructionsRubrics for your subject areaStep-by-step researching techniques/handoutsLinks to formatting guides (MLA, APA, Chicago)Advice from IBO evaluatorsEE examples in your subject area
57 Supervisor Conference #1 January 2-17, 2014Prior to meeting Supervisors will inform you of what to bring or what to complete, if anythingVaries somewhat by subject-area and teacher, but focus is on topic and developing a research questionStudent may be assigned background readingStudent and teacher should confirm manual style
58 Supervisor Conference #1: EE Question Proposal Form Printable on the UAIS Research websiteStep-by-step guide to formulating research questionCompleted AFTER general topic is approvedEither due or assigned at first conferenceMust be signed by each student
59 Overlap of the EE and IAs The IBO student handbook indicates that any strategic move on the part of a student that gives that student a “unfair advantage over another student,” which includes the use of one’s IA on the EE or vice versa, will result in a case of academic misconduct. Students should NOT write on the same topics as for the EE as an IA in that subject.
60 EE Training #3: Jan. 23rd & 30th Lunches Rubric training for all juniorsNote-taking session and Q&AEE Supervisors offer advice for different subject areas during own meetings
61 Supervisor Conference #2: Feb. 2nd – 13th or Feb. 23rd – 27th Discuss background reading as it pertains to your developing questionSolidify question; sign question proposalDiscuss criterion “C” and finding sources for materialAgree on and set goals for spring researching, especially due dates to avoid intervention levels
62 Researching options to get you started: Local municipal libraryCollege/University librariesMEL or Questia databaseUCS student = username case sensitivePassword= questia or changeme if you haven't used this yet
63 Supervisor Conference #3: Spring Research April 20th – 30th Possible work assigned: outline, working bibliography, histiography, note cards, bringing in source materials, experimental design, first 1,000-words of essayBulk of research and work completed in springEvidence of EE work must be demonstrated to supervisors prior to summer vacation
64 Coordinator Communication Coordinator announces reminders through (stu.uticak12.org)Remainder of site used to guide the process, almost like an online class- Managebac and UAISresearch.comSpecific questions addressed through supervisor, then coordinator
65 Summing Up… Due Nov. 24th : Topics of Interest Form From this point forward, everything you need is on the EE website…Once assigned to supervisor, complete “EE Question Proposal Form” for Jan. 5th – 21st interview (on EE website)
66 Summing Up…Use “Glossary of Terms” into help complete the Rough Draft QuestionBe prepared to discuss some ideas for preliminary background reading (your supervisor will help, but don’t come empty-handed)
67 Next Time… The EE Assessment Rubric Practicing Grading an EE in Your Subject AreaDeciphering the EE RubricUnderstanding the Ins and Outs of the Rubric
68 This powerpoint is available on uaisresearch.com. Reminder…This powerpoint is available on uaisresearch.com.
69 Workshop #3: EE Rubric Goals: To comprehend the oftentimes vague EE rubricTo understand how your EE rubric differs from other subject areasTo anticipate traps and struggles of students in previous years you can and should avoid
70 EE Assessment Criteria (p. 15-16) Provides overview of each criterion assesses General rubricForms 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 found
71 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 Appropriate Language 4 H Conclusion 2 I Formal Presentation 4 J Abstract 2 K Holistic Judgment 4 Total Points 36
72 Extended Essay Grade Boundaries A 29 – 36 B 23 – 28 C 16 – 22 D 8 – 15 E 0 – 7 (Failing Condition)
73 Criterion A: The Research Question Stated and bolded in the introductionCorrect diction, word by wordCorrect qualifiers: more often open- ended (why, how, to what extent, compare-contrast, etc.) than closed (“yes” or “no” answers okay for science)Meets “so what?” relevanceCan/Must be answered in 3,500-4,000 words
74 Criterion B: Introduction A prior-knowledge treatiseBriefly state question in context by noting relevance of author, event, time period, artistBriefly states reasons for pursuing this EE (use of “I” acceptable sparingly)Answers why this topic/question deserves to be studied/answered in an EEIncludes historiographyWritten after the bodySee Drafting tab under UAIS RESEARCH site for tips
75 Criterion C: Investigation Evaluation of sources/bibliography:Appropriate number?Is there balance of primary vs. secondary?Groups 1, 2, 4, 6: emphasis must be on primaryHere, “imaginative” range of sources includes interviews, museums, concerts, personal photos, unique library tripsFor sciences, this criterion score rests on discussion of methodology to demonstrate reliability
76 Criteria D, E, F: The EE Body The most difficult points to earnMaximum of 2/4 for D and E if research question is marked at “0”
77 Criterion D: Knowledge/Understanding of Topic “Through writing, to what extent do I show a reasonable expertise on the subject to answer my question?”To earn a 3 or higher, the student must locate the “academic context,” or the place where current research sits and work from that point forward, not revisit tired material
78 Criterion E: Reasoned Argument The single most difficult criterion“Is every paragraph working to answer my research question, or is it just ‘there’?”“Does my argument build through transition and flow, or is it choppy and isolated?”
79 Criterion F: Application of Analytical Skills Appropriate to the Subject Paper avoids summaryAnalyses data, evidence, researchEnglish: “Am I analyzing but also judging the author’s literary merit?”History: “Have I evaluated the reliability of my sources somewhere in the paper?”Sciences: Please note specific requirements on your rubric
80 Criterion G: Use of Language Appropriate to Subject Proper terminology to subject matter is utilizedActive voice throughoutElimination of wordiness (extensive adverbs and prepositional phrases)Strong vocabularyHistory: absence of sweeping generalizationsSee Drafting tab under UAIS RESEARCH site for tips
81 Criterion H: Conclusion NEVER a restatement of the introduction!A post-knowledge treatiseStates implications for further studyRaises possible unresolved questionsNotes any limitations of the essay/researchHow might this research be taken further?See Drafting tab under UAIS RESEARCH site for tips
82 Criterion I: The Formal Presentation Easiest criterion of the EE! Evaluation of contents and orderCheck-off of bibliography elementsUnder 4,000 wordsNeatness, readability, appearanceSciences: additional requirements on rubricNo excuse for less than a 4!
83 Criterion J: Abstract Written dead last and never discussed Maximum 300 wordsThree paragraphs, one for each purpose:State the research question studiedState the method of investigation (how the paper proceeds)Provides a brief summary of conclusions (what was found/discovered)**Training on this is in Fall of senior year
84 Criterion K: Holistic Judgment Result of the viva voce and evaluator’s opinionHow hard did the student work?Special circumstances?Intellectual initiative?Above and beyond the call of duty?
85 Student Activity: Evaluator Practice Take an exemplar and rubricPractice gradingFocus on elements of the rubric and using notes in front of you**This would be good for you to do with your adviser.
86 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!
87 What is the Viva Voce? (p. 14-15) Verbal interviewLasts minutesServes as conclusion to EE processOpportunity for reflectionCan serve as plagiarism/malpractice checkUsed to bolster holistic assessmentShould end on a positive noteHave everyone read pages of the guide.
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