On Thursday 4th October, this year’s EE was officially launched for 13IB. Although the students have had an introduction from Mr Sykes, Dean of IB, work started in earnest with the annual EE Fair. Held in the school library, this is the chance for 13Ib students to learn more about what it takes to write an excellent Extended Essay, what an EE in each of the different subjects involves, and what advice the supervisors and, most importantly, 14IB can give.
The extended essay is a required component of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). It is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper. The extended essay provides practical preparation for undergraduate study and an opportunity for students to investigate a topic of particular interest to them, which is also related to one of the student's six DP subjects.
Through the research process for the extended essay, students develop skills in:
- formulating an appropriate research question
- engaging in a personal exploration of the topic
- communicating ideas
- advancing an argument.
Participation in this process develops the capacity to analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge. In addition to the usual subjects, an extended essay can also be undertaken in “World Studies” where students carry out an in-depth interdisciplinary study of an issue of contemporary global significance, across two IB diploma disciplines. Some students, impressively, complete their EE in a second language to access the Bilingual Diploma. Students can earn bonus points to add to their Diploma total if they do a good job.
Students are supported throughout the process of researching and writing the extended essay, with advice and guidance from a supervisor who is one of the IB teachers in school. The extended essay can also be a valuable stimulus for discussion in countries where interviews are required before acceptance for employment or for a place at university.
The 13Ib students completed their fact-finding form, and now they have a lot to think about over the Autumn Vacation. When they return, they will receive their official EE Guides and start to complete their initial proposals. Exciting Times!