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World Studies Extended Essay: Evaluating Your Essay

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

How Good Is My WSEE?

Persian cream cat surrounded by trophies - Britannica ImageQuestLearning to conduct independent research is a real challenge! See below for guidance on the learning demands and expectations of different achievement levels of essays:

Achievement level:  Poor

Achievement level:  Adequate

Achievement level:  Good

Achievement level:  Excellent

Achievement Level: Poor

Critical stance

Reasoned argument and integration

Disciplinary grounding

Purpose

No awareness of how the selected disciplines are contributing to the research, or the strengths and limitations of the essay. Arguments that are made do not reflect disciplinary views and/or are not related to the research question. No or little awareness of findings, concepts, theories, and methods in the chosen disciplines. No clear purpose.

Achievement level: Adequate

Critical stance

Reasoned argument and integration

Disciplinary grounding

Purpose

There is some attempt to identify and discuss the strengths and limitations of the contributing disciplines, and the arguments made.  However, these points tend to be general or obvious. Disciplinary approaches are simply juxtaposed or only highlight connections with no consideration of the research question.  Limited analysis and evaluation. Findings, concepts, theories, and methods in the chosen disciplines are used in a simplistic, general or mechanical way. There is a discernible purpose but it is unclear that an interdisciplinary approach is necessary or that the problem/issue requires an inter-disciplinary approach.

Achievement level: Good

Critical stance

Reasoned argument and integration

Disciplinary grounding

Purpose

The strengths and limitations of the essay are discussed taking into consideration both disciplines.  There is also evidence that the argument of the essay has been approached critically. Selected disciplinary insights are clearly connected to the research question.  Arguments are made, of which some are supported by evidence.  There is some analysis and evaluation based on inter-disciplinary understandings. Findings, concepts, theories, and methods in the chosen disciplines are employed. Purpose is clearly stated and is relevant and appropriate to an inter-disciplinary approach.  There is some rationale and justification for the area chosen and approach taken.

Achievement level: Excellent

Critical stance

Reasoned argument and integration

Disciplinary grounding

Purpose

The strengths and/or limitations of the contributing disciplines are discussed clearly, insightfully and in relation to the research question posed.  Conclusions are viewed as provisional and subject to critique. Disciplinary contributions are integrated and the arguments expressed in the essay are clearly supported by relevant evidence and analyzed and evaluated with inter-disciplinary insight and in relation to the research question. Disciplinary findings, concepts, theories, and methods are used accurately and insightfully and expressed in ways that suggest a level of disciplinary knowledge. Significance of the research topic studied and the rationale for undertaking the approach chosen are well articulated.

         

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