DP Extended Essay

You need to submit your research proposal to Mr Penny by 26th February at latest. Deadline is 13.00 and will be done on Veracross.  These will be passed to staff who will assess whether the proposal is of sufficient quality to start the process or if you need to revise it. You will be informed by 7.3.16 at latest of the status of your proposal.

DP teachers will run a 20 minute session on what it means to do an EE in their subject. You are required to attend two different sessions. Following these sessions you should be speaking with your subject teachers to be able to consider topics you would like to research. You should start developing your research proposal and annotated bibliography and have discussions with teachers as you need to submit it by 26.2.16. Download the documents EE RESEARCH PROPOSAL GUIDE and ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY to help you with making and writing this.

If you need some extra tips with this then come to the library from 12.45-13.25 on 17.2.16, 23.2.16 or 24.2.16 where Miss Storer, Mr Lawrence and Mrs Junginger will be able to help you.


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Diploma candidates are required to undertake original research and write an essay of no more than 4000 words. This project offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and acquaints students with the kind of independent research and writing skills they will require in the worlds of higher education and work.The subject chosen for the Extended Essay (EE) does not have to be one of the subjects being studied by the candidate for the Diploma, but it should be a subject in which the candidate already has an academic interest and knowledge and we strongly advise you do it in one of your higher level subjects so you have most exposure to topics and skills of that subject.Each candidate is expected to spend about 40 hours on the Extended Essay, and has a supervisor to ensure that they remain ‘on target’, as well as to ensure that the final essay is the students’ own work. The supervisor also writes a report, which will be sent to external examiners with the extended essay. The EE process is your process with advice, guidance and tips from staff but you need to direct the meetings and come prepared with questions to ask staff for their input. They will help you but won’t be there to direct the whole process. The whole extended essay process takes at least 6 months, beginning in Semester 2 of Grade 11, and ending early in Grade 12. The process is concluded with a “viva voce” presentation with a panel of teachers including the supervisor.On this site you will find the guidance in general for Extended Essays on the structure and process. In addition you can read examples of essays from each subject group to see what is expected of you over the next few months. Another key site for you in terms of print and electronic resources is the learning commons which you can access through http://isslibraries.isswiki.de/ Do speak to Mr Lawrence for help with print/electronic resources in the next few weeks and you will also have a timetabled meeting with him and Mrs Junginger once your research proposal is accepted.


So what’s the timetable?

Here below you can see the next steps with dates of your Extended Essay to start the process off! The full calendar is in the document Class2017 EEhandbook which you must download from All you need to know!

  • 26.1.16

Introduce Gr11 students to the EE process and structure in advisory. Make sure you read the examples provided on this site. Start thinking of what you would like to study. Do speak with DP teachers about possible topics and options to study afterwards. They will advise you but you need to ask!

  • 16.2.16

DP teachers will run a 20 minute session on what it means to do an EE in their subject. You are required to attend two different sessions. Following these sessions you should be speaking with your subject teachers to be able to consider topics you would like to research. You should start developing your research proposal and annotated bibliography and have discussions with teachers as you need to submit it by 26.2.16. Download the documents EE RESEARCH PROPOSAL GUIDE and ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY to help you with making and writing this.

If you need some extra tips with this then come to the library from 12.45-13.25 on 17.2.16, 23.2.16 or 24.2.16 where Miss Storer, Mr Lawrence and Mrs Junginger will be able to help you.

  • 26.2.16

You need to submit your research proposal to Mr Penny by 26th February at latest. Deadline is 13.00 and will be done on Veracross.  These will be passed to staff who will assess whether the proposal is of sufficient quality to start the process or if you need to revise it. 

You will be informed by 7.3.16 at latest of the status of your proposal.


 

Remember, this is a fascinating process that will see you direct your own learning in terms of skills and knowledge. Plan, work and enjoy the process!