Students at Queensland Academies are required to complete the Extended Essay task, a compulsory component of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.
Students have the opportunity to do critical research on a topic of their individual interest. Through writing this 4,000-word essay, students develop independent research and academic writing skills that will prepare them for the rigour of study at university level.
The in-depth researched topic, under the guidance of a supervisor, is chosen from the list of approved IB Diploma Programme subjects.
The Extended Essay leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing, in which ideas and research is communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject chosen.
Students begin the research process during Year 11 and submit their Extended Essay in the second year of IB study.
The aims of the extended essay are to provide students with the opportunity to:
· pursue independent research on a focused topic
· develop research and communication skills
· develop the skills of creative and critical thinking
· engage in a systematic process of research appropriate to the subject
· experience the excitement of intellectual discovery
In working on the extended essay, students are expected to:
· plan and pursue a research project with intellectual initiative and insight
· formulate a precise research question
· gather and interpret material from sources appropriate to the research question
· structure a reasoned argument in response to the research question on the basis of the material gathered
· present their extended essay in a format appropriate to the subject, acknowledging sources in one of the established academic ways
· use the terminology and language appropriate to the subject with skill and understanding
· apply analytical and evaluative skills appropriate to the subject, with an understanding of the implications and the context of their research
· The Extended Essay must be based on one of the subjects of the IB Diploma curriculum under the supervision of a qualified teacher at the school
· Extended Essays submitted in a group 1 or group 2 language must be written in that language. Extended Essays in all other subjects must be written in English, French or Spanish
· The Extended Essay is externally assessed
· The essay is marked out of 34 and is graded A-E
· 40 hours of the student’s own time will be required for the completion of the task
· The rules of Academic Honesty apply to the Extended Essay. Students must avoid collusion, plagiarism or any other form of malpractice that will give them an unfair advantage in the Extended Essay
· Students are required to complete reflections on planning and progress form