We will be highlighting our very talented IB Visual Art students each week in our Newsletter. I would like to introduce Di (Stacey) Ao:
In the second of this three-part series on the IB, we have been taking a candid look at what the IB Diploma core components are; this week we examine the extended essay. Is it worth the effort? Why is writing a paper a “core” item? And lastly, why do both we and universities love it?
The IB says “the extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, on a topic of the student’s choice, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.” What the IB does not say is how daunting this can be for some of our students, and conversely, how ultimately rewarding the product and process can be. I might be getting ahead of myself, but every university that I speak with is totally sold on the EE and what it can do for a student; the deeper educational goals of research, communication, synthesis and ultimately thinking are specifically developed during this process and continue to pay rich dividends throughout one’s educational and professional lives. The real question becomes, why should I not do the extended essay? Mr. Alan Dick is our Extended Essay Coordinator, and he has aptly described the EE below:
What is the significance of the extended essay?
The extended essay provides:
The International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Programme is an intense course that is designed to allow students who are interested in Fine Arts, a chance to explore and develop his or her individual style.
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