IB Extended Essay (IB EE) is one of the mandatory requirements of the IB Diploma Programme. It is a type of a small thesis that students write under the supervision of their advisors/mentors. The mentor is an IB educator from the school.
Independent research carried out by students on a topic of their choice must have a limit of 4000 words. They are given the liberty to either do a standard research paper or conduct an experiment.
How to select the topic?
The students should keep the following in mind while choosing a topic:
The structure of the Extended Essay
The students should be able to make a clear distinction between a research title and a research question. The research title summarizes the central idea of the study. A research question strives to confine the scope of the study even further.
The students are advised to split this section into two major parts to ensure that they cover all the important details. The first part must include all the necessary details about the sources used for the primary and secondary research. The second part would consist of a small brief on the related topics, theories and arguments of their EE.
The Main Body
This part of the essay is the most detailed. It focuses on research, analysis, discussion and evaluation. To maintain the flow of the previous section, the students are advised to divide the section into two parts.
This part will have related arguments, theories and topics that comprise the course learning. These elements must help the students answer their research questions. It is also advised that they include at least one financial element. Qualitative tools should be answered before quantitative ones.
The students should ensure to take up this section as an opportunity to educate their reader/evaluator.
This includes an insight into the following resources:
This section includes:
Hence, it is important for the students to have dedication, stipulated timelines and thorough research to go ahead with their EE.