The Partnership for 21st Century Skills identifies the 4C’s of Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity and innovation as necessary for success. For the IB Diploma Programme student, these 4C’s are embedded in the design of the programme with required activities which are uniquely IB. The extended essay is independent, self-directed research culminating in a 3,000 to 4,000 word paper. As the consolidation activity for the Diploma Programme, it touches all 4C’s. When writing the thesis and developing the argument, the student uses the skills of critical thinking, communication and creativity. Through structured conversations with the faculty advisor chosen by the student, collaborative skills are honed. As a result, the extended essay provides a rich and meaning culminating activity for the Diploma Programme student.
2010 EE topics from Oulun Lyseo Upper Secondary School, Oulu, Finland:
- Biology: How does intensity of light influence the pigments found in specific biological stains?
- English A1: The Use of Motion and Its Disruption in Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, “Acquainted with the Night” and “On a Tree Fallen Across the Road”
- Psychology: To what extent does gender affect the likelihood of becoming anorexic?
- English B: The portrayal of women’s position and role in fairytales. How are the position and role of women in relationships and marriage portrayed in Angela Carter’s short stories The BloodyChamber and The Company of Wolves.
- Business and Management: How does a TV commercial affect the awareness of the West Coast brand?
- Biology: The effectiveness of using Gatorade on a 1500 m run
- Physics: The Physics of Table Tennis
- Chemistry: Theoretical and experimental consideration of kinetics of chemiluminescence in glow sticks
Oulun Lyseo Upper Secondary School, Oulu, Finland.
Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
David Wray. (2013). Student perceptions of the value of the International Baccalaureate Extended Essay in
Preparing for University Studies. London, United Kingdom: University of Warwick.