Focus on the Extended Essay
Workshop leader: Jonathan Newell
- To explore the issues associated with supervising an extended essay as part requirement for the IB Diploma Programme
- To enable participants to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding through active participation, peer collaboration and the generation of resources and strategies
By the end of this workshop, participants should have:
- An understanding of the role and rationale of the extended essay in a student’s development
- An understanding of the role and responsibilities of a supervisor in a student’s development of an extended essay
- An understanding of the assessment rationale of the extended essay
- An understanding of special education needs and academic honesty
- An understanding of the administrative requirements of extended essay supervision and submission
Session 1: Roles & responsibilities
Introductions – aims and objectives of the workshop
Understanding the nature of the extended essay
The assessment rationale.
Its relation to the IB Learner Profile and TOK
The EE supervisor – policies and procedures
The candidate. The school
Special educational needs
Session 2: The research process
What does the essay represent to the student?
How much time and when?
The aims of the essay
The process – beginning with a suitable research question!
Recommendations to students
Things to do. Things NOT to do
The research itself – strategies for success
Session 3: Providing feedback
Timelines - a student contract? An EE schedule
Progress tracking. Writing the final draft
Supervisor advice. Academic honesty. The Viva Voce
Review – what they need! Review – to the student
Summary - strategy and resource development
Session 4: Submission and assessment
Assessment criteria and subject specific guidelines
Sample marking and assessment – being an examiner!
In accordance with commonly accepted understanding of how adults learn, all sessions will include group activities and tasks, with time for personal reflection.