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Extended Essay - International Baccalaureate at Broadgreen International School

Course description

The Extended Essay has a pre-determined limit of 4,000 words and offers students the opportunity to write in more detail about a topic of particular interest to the individual. This results in students having a taste of the independent research and writing skills expected at university.

Emphasis is placed on the research process:

  • Formulating an appropriate research question
  • Engaging in a personal exploration of the topic
  • Communicating ideas
  • Developing an argument

In order to be awarded the highest marks in the EE or any of the experimental sciences, the essays must contain research which provides the student with quantitive data to back up the results, and not just surveys. Students are supported throughout the process with advice and guidance from a superior (usually a teacher at the school).

Course content

Some examples of EE are:

From the official IB website:

  • Can a programme of training at high altitude have an impact on the fitness of an athlete? (Biology)
  • How have ergonomic factors been considered in the design of a new telephone for physically impaired people? (Design Technology)
  • How and why have explanations of the Cuban missile crisis changed since 1962? (History)
  • To what extent is it likely that natural language interfaces will replace the keyboard in the production of office documents (ITGS)

From Broadgreen International School:

  • The effect of sugar-free chewing gum on the pH of saliva in the mouth after a mean (Chemistry)
  • The traditional concept of the male father figure in western society is obsolete – discuss (psychology)
  • Black Holes – What’s the big deal? (Physics)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Broadgreen International School directly.

Last updated date: 31 August 2016

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