International Baccalaureate - Extended Essay

Colonel By Secondary School International Baccalaureate Program 2018-2019

The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, culminating in a 4000 word paper. As a required component, it provides:

  • practical preparation for the kinds of undergraduate research required at the university level
  • an opportunity for students to engage in an in-depth study of a topic of interest within a chosen subject.

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.

Participation in this process develops the capacity to:

  • analyse
  • synthesize, and
  • evaluate knowledge.

Students are supported throughout the process with advice and guidance from a supervisor (usually a teacher at the school).

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