Schedule for Extended Essay
The schedule for the EE is outlined in the model below.
Explanation of Extended
Nature of the EE
TOK class: EE is introduced, and
its nature is discussed. Initial materials are disseminated.
Librarian goes over the physical
and online resources available. Students are reminded of passwords and access
protocols, in addition to the value and nature of each resource. Time is given
for individual exploration.
Researcher’s Reflection Space (RRS)
TOK class: The concept of RRS is
introduced and discussed. Physical RRS packets are distributed, and their
functionality is further discussed. Students are made aware that they can
generate their own equivalent RRS in any suitable format if that is their
preference. The overall model of the EE in the context of SMIS is explained and
discussed. Sample reflections are introduced and critically evaluated.
TOK Class: Subject-specific
guidelines are distributed once the students have arrived at some initial ideas
about their possible subjects of interest. Any other outstanding materials,
such as EE exemplars, may be distributed at this time as appropriate.
Ahead of the First Reflection Session
Student: Shares aspects of RRS with advisor, including answers
to the First Reflection questions.
Advisor: Reads RRS material received from student ahead of First
Reflection Session; reads the subject-specific criteria from the IB, in order
to be able to provide specific guidance.
First Reflection Session
Student: Discusses his thought processes with the advisor, and
discusses merits of proposed research question.
Advisor: Discusses the student’s ideas, and provides guidance on
the viability of the proposed research question.
Written “First Reflection”
Student: Writes the first written reflection on the EE/RPPF form
within 24 hours of the First Reflection Session, and submits it to the advisor.
Advisor: Receives the student’s written version of the first reflection
within 24 hours of the First Reflection Session, reads it, dates it and keeps
it on file. The reflection should resemble aspects of the discussion that took
place in the reflection session. The advisor confirms on a shared document that
the First Reflection Session has taken place, and that the written reflection
has been received from the student.
Research and Writing
TOK Class: General class
instruction is provided on how to approach various aspects of the EE, including
the following: Introduction, analysis, citations, data collection, conclusion,
interpretation of grading criteria. Students are provided the structure and
impetus to complete approximately 2,000 words by May.
Student: Completes 2,000 words by May, and delivers it to the
advisor ahead of a check-in session before the summer. Students who need to
gather data (eg experimentation) must either collect
it before the summer, or set themselves up (equipment, resources) to gather the
data and respond to it in the summer months.
Advisor: Receives approximately 2,000 words from the student
ahead of a check-in session in May. During check-in session, the advisor helps
the student onto firmer footing with respect to the direction the essay is
taking, and makes sure that the student has a clear focus and direction ahead
of the summer months. The advisor confirms on a shared document that the
check-in session has taken place. Between March and September, other check-in
sessions can take place as needed, and do not need to be recorded.
Student: The student completes most of a first draft in this
Advisor: The advisor is not obliged to respond to the student
during the summer months, but may choose to do so at his or her discretion.
Ahead of the Interim Reflection Session
Student: Submits summer work to advisor along with RRS material,
including answers to Interim Reflection questions.
Advisor: Reads summer work and RRS material received from the
Interim Reflection Session
Student: Discusses his progress with his advisor and addresses
problems that may have been encountered; discusses any changes or refinements
in the topic chosen.
Advisor: Helps to ensure that student is on the right track by
providing feedback on the summer work; discusses other relevant issues which
may arise, including such factors as insights achieved by the student during
research, significant sources or issues which may have developed.
Written “Interim Reflection”
Student: Writes the Written Interim Reflection within 24 hours
of the Interim Reflection Session on the same saved EE/RPPF that he wrote the
Frist Written Reflection, and submits both to the advisor.
Advisor: Receives the student’s Written Interim Reflection
within 24 hours of the Interim Reflection Session. Since this form contains
both the first reflection and the second, the previously received version of
first reflection can be discarded. The advisor confirms on a shared document
that the Interim Reflection Session has taken place, and that the written
reflection has been received from the student.
Refining and Completing
Student: Completes a full draft of the essay, including correct
formatting, citations and bibliography. This is then submitted to the advisor
ahead of a check-in session. During the check-in session, the student raises
pertinent questions about his essay.
Advisor: Receives the first full draft, and reads through it
carefully. The advisor comments on the draft without being overly specific, ahead
of the meeting. During the check-in meeting, the draft of the EE is discussed with
the student. The advisor confirms on a shared document that the check-in
session has taken place.
Student: Refines the first full draft, and produces the final
essay; submits the essay to the advisor and EE Coordinator; and submits a draft
to the ﾂ‘Turnitinﾂ’ plagiarism check site.
Advisor: Verifies that the final essay is a continuation of the
student’s own work; reads the essay and assigns it a score according to the assessment
criteria. The advisor sends this score to the EE Coordinator.
Final Reflection (viva voce)
Ahead of the Final Reflection Session
Student: Provides the advisor with relevant RRS material,
including answers to the Final Reflection questions.
Advisor: Reads the RRS material supplied by the student; and
looks over the final essay and assessment of it.
Final Reflection Session
Student: The student looks back on his essay, and comments on
the challenges and achievements.
Advisor: Discusses the essay, including such questions as how
the student has evolved as a learner, the difficulties encountered, how someone
could expand on topic in the future.
Written “Final Reflection”
Student: Writes the Interim Written Reflection on the EE/RPPF form
within 24 hours of the Interim Reflection Session, and submits it to the
Advisor: Receives the student’s written final reflection within
24 hours of the Final Reflection Session (viva voce). Since this form contains
all three reflections (the current one, and the saved versions of the previous
two) the advisor’s previously saved and stored version of the EE/RPPF can be
discarded. The advisor confirms on a shared document that the Interim
Reflection Session has taken place, and that the written reflection has been
received from the student. The advisor then signs and dates the student
reflection electronically, and carries over the dates and signatures from the
previously saved version of the form. After writing a brief comment, the
advisor then sends the form to the EE Coordinator.