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Extended Essay

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Students at Queensland Academies Creative Industries (QACI) are required to complete the Extended Essay, a compulsory component of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.

Students have the opportunity to do an in-depth critical research on a topic of their individual interest, under the guidance of a supervisor (a teacher in the school). This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the chosen subject.

Students commence this research project in Year 11 and submit 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

  • complete a planning and progress form.

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.

In summary:

  • 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.

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Last reviewed 15 August 2019
Last updated 15 August 2019