Next EE Meeting: IB1: October 19/20 IB2: November 2

Who's Who in the Extended Essay?

All information in the section below is taken from the IBO Extended Essay Guide, originally published in 2016 and updated in 2020.

The Librarian

At EAB, this is Ms. Karla. The Librarian at all schools should be utilized to:

  • oversee the scheduling of the extended essay process

  • offer lessons and workshops in information literacy and research skills

  • build partnerships with public and university libraries

  • act as a supervisor for extended essay students, if appropriately qualified

  • support students in terms of accessing adequate print and online sources

  • help train students and teachers on using the extended essay guidelines and information

  • provide guidance to students on how to format a formal essay using word processing software

  • support and provide guidance to students on how to develop the Researcher’s reflection space

provide training and support on the concept of academic honesty, including an introduction to how to cite correctly and consistently.These are our EAB students!

The Supervisor

All supervisors are EAB faculty and staff. Supervisors agree to:

  • undertake three mandatory reflection sessions with each student they are supervising

  • initial and date each reflection summarized on the Reflections on planning and progress form and provide comments at the end of the process.

  • provide students with advice and guidance in the skills of undertaking research

  • encourage and support students throughout the research and writing of the extended essay

  • discuss the choice of topic with each student and, in particular, help to formulate a well-focused research question which is suitable to the subject of registration and ensure that the chosen research question satisfies appropriate legal and ethical standards with regard to health and safety, confidentiality, human rights, animal welfare and environmental issues

  • be familiar with the regulations governing the extended essay and the assessment criteria, and gives copies of these to students

  • monitor the progress of the extended essay to offer guidance and to ensure that the essay is the student’s own work (this may include presenting a section of the essay for supervisor comment)

  • read and comment on one draft only of the extended essay (but do not edit the draft); this should take place after the interim reflection session, but before the final reflection session, the viva voce

  • ensure that the final version of the essay is handed in before the final reflection session (viva voce) takes place, and that no changes are made to it subsequently

  • read the final version and, in conjunction with the viva voce, confirm its authenticity.

The Writer

All EE writers are expected to:

  • Choose a subject from the available extended essay list. See Diploma Programme coordinator or extended essay coordinator for details.

  • Ensure that the starting point for your essay is a subject that is available, or in the case of the world studies extended essay, an issue of global, contemporary significance within one of the six world studies themes.

  • Observe the regulations with regard to the extended essay, including the IB’s ethical guidelines.

  • Read and understand the subject-specific requirements for the subject in which you intend to complete your extended essay, including the interpretation of the assessment criteria.

  • Meet all internal deadlines set by your school in relation to the extended essay.

  • Understand concepts related to academic honesty, including plagiarism and collusion, for example, and ensure that you have acknowledged all sources of information and ideas in a consistent manner. This also includes understanding the implications of the General regulations: Diploma Programme should there be a breach of these.

  • Attend three mandatory reflection sessions with your supervisor, the last of which is the viva voce.

  • Record your reflections on the Reflections on planning and progress form for submission as part of the assessment of criterion E (engagement).

The EE Coordinator

This is Ms. Agostini at EAB.

  • Ensure that extended essays conform to the regulations outlined in the Diploma Programme Assessment procedures.

  • Ensure that students select the subject for their extended essays from the list of available subjects for the May or November session in question (in the Diploma Programme Assessment procedures) before choosing a topic.

  • Ensure that each student has an appropriately qualified supervisor, who is a member of staff within the school.

  • Introduce, explain and support the reflection process.

  • Provide supervisors and students with the general and subject-specific information and guidelines for the extended essay contained in this guide and the accompanying teacher support material.

  • Ensure that the Reflections on planning and progress form (RPPF) is completed and signed by the student and supervisor and submitted to the IB with the essay for assessment under criterion E by the deadline stated in the Diploma Programme Assessment procedures.

  • Provide exemplars of extended essays to supervisors and students.

  • Ensure that supervisors and students are familiar with the IB documents Academic honesty in the IB educational context and Effective citing and referencing.

  • Explain to students the importance of the extended essay in the overall context of the Diploma Programme, including the requirement to achieve a D grade or higher in order to be awarded the Diploma.

  • Explain to students that they will be expected to spend up to 40 hours on their extended essay.

The DP Coordinator

At EAB, this is Dr. Sieve.

  • Ensure that students are taught the necessary research skills, including those related to academic honesty and technology literacy, which refers to the ability to access and use technology responsibly. This includes accessing and using electronically based sources.

  • Support the introduction and use of the Researcher’s reflection space as an integral part of the extended essay process.

  • Limit the number of students allocated to each supervisor to ensure the appropriate level of supervision can be provided for each student.

  • Provide appropriate training and ongoing support for supervisors.

EE Meeting Presentations

EE Presentation #1 - Introduction to the EE

EE Meeting #1 - Introduction

EE Presentation 3 - Annotated Bibliography

EE Meeting #2 - The Different EEs

EE Presentation #3 - Researching without Plagiarizing

EE Meeting #3 - How to Not Plagiarize

EE Presentation #4 - Proposals & EE Defense

EE Meeting #4 - Proposals and the EE Defense

EE Presentation 3 - Annotated Bibliography

EE Meeting #5 - The Annotated Bibliography

EE Presentation 4 - Managing Your Supervisor

EE Meeting #6 - Managing Your Supervisor

EE Presentation 5 - Appendices & References

EE Meeting #7 - Appendices & Citations

EE Meeting #6 - The Interim Reflection & Summer Plans

EE Meeting #8 - The 2nd Reflection & Summer!

EE Presentation 7 - Supervisor Feedback & The Final Draft

EE Meeting #9 - Supervisor Feedback & The Final Essay

EE Presentation 8 - EE Defense and Final Reflection

EE Meeting #10 - The Defense and Viva Voce