On Thursday 18th October our Year 12 students were introduced to one of the core elements of the Diploma Programme: The Extended Essay.
The extended essay is an in-depth independent study. It is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity. It provides students with an opportunity to engage in personal research in a topic of their own choice, under the guidance of a supervising teacher. This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject chosen.
At BIS Abu Dhabi, we believe that the extended essay is an integral and valuable learning experience that prepares students for study at university and beyond – but what did our students have to say about it?
“I am thinking of bidding for an economics EE. This is because it is one of my HL subjects, I want to study this at university and I really enjoy learning about this subject. As we live in the UAE, I think it would be beneficial to choose a topic area that relates to this location. Therefore, I have chosen to look at the consequences of VAT, that was implemented at the beginning of 2018. I want to look at how it has affected demand of petrol in this area as the UAE is one of the greatest oil exporting countries in the world.”
“As part of the Introductory EE day, we have all come up with a chosen subject and general topic that we would like to base our essay on. Personally, I am thinking about writing an essay in English, specifically a Category 1 topic. This links mostly to analysing texts based on language. My initial topic idea was to look at poetry, however, I have now decided to study the opening scenes of three of Shakespeare's plays and how they set up the theme, tone and mood for the rest of the play. I want to take this opportunity to raise my overall point score to get into my preferred university.”
“I want to take Geography as my EE subject. I have taken and enjoyed Geography in GCSE and I am very interested in many topics covered by the IB HL course. I have found many areas and themes that I would be curious and happy to conduct more in-depth research on to develop knowledge and understanding of them. My preference is economics/human related geography (globalisation, economic growth and tourism) as I want to go into economics linked with geography at university. An example of a question that I am thinking of choosing and researching is: To what extent does the geographical location of Dubai has an effect on its development as an economic and touristic hub?”
“I am considering Art for my Extended Essay. I am very interested in art movements/history; especially Surrealism, Pop-art and Futurism, due to their various uses of colour and shapes to convey different ideas and emotions. I plan to research the development of Surrealism as this is a movement I have explored before during my GCSEs that I enjoyed. I plan to develop a better understanding of the contribution that artists made to these movements through my EE.”
My first essay choice would be Biology as it is also one of my HL subjects. I want to do medicine in the future and I think choosing biology as an extended essay subject would be beneficial for me as it would help me to gain more knowledge in the medical field. In college, we are required to write several essays and so this would be helpful for my future studies. I have a range of ides at the moment - stem cells, health challenges, use and abuse of antibiotics, advancement and development in medical diagnostics, use of nanotechnology in medical research. These are just general subject ideas at the moment. I have found a very good source known as the JAMA network which will be helpful throughout my EE.
If you have any questions about the Extended Essay, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org