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World Studies Extended Essay: Evaluating the Insights of Academic Disciplines

A guide to the research and writing process required for students completing the IB World Studies Extended Essay.

Selecting and Evaluating the Insights of Academic Disciplines

Telescope and accompanying spotting scope - Britannica ImageQuestYou will need to look beyond a discipline’s content when exploring whether it will be useful to your essay. You should also reflect on these other aspects of a discipline:

  • insights
  • findings
  • theories
  • methods
  • techniques
  • approaches
  • forms of communication.

Questions to Ask

When you evaluate the contributions of each discipline and its particular theories, findings, methods or tools, you must evaluate each discipline against your research goals.

Questions for you to ask

  • How might this particular disciplinary perspective inform my study?
  • Is this theory helpful?
  • Do I need to adjust my research question if I include this particular disciplinary perspective?
  • Among the possible useful disciplinary perspectives I am considering, which ones should I exclude, so that I have a logical and orderly approach to my essay and a workable scope that I will be able to manage?

Using the RRS (Researcher's Reflection Space)

You can use your RRS (Researcher's Reflection Space) to examine disciplines and seek advice from your supervisor or experts in relevant fields.


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