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What Is Interdisciplinary Research?
What is interdisciplinary research? It means you are using discipline-specific ways of knowing—established knowledge claims, methods, approaches to inquiry and forms of communication—to give you a new understanding.
When you are doing independent interdisciplinary research for your WSEE, you are:
- exploring problems, ideas and issues from the perspective of two IB subject areas
- building the inquiry skills you will need to be able to conduct careful and detailed research
- showing initiative in applying your academic skills to recognize, frame and approach complex problems of global significance.
The WSEE Process
The interdisciplinary research process for the WSEE requires you to:
- identify a topic of personal, local* and global significance
- frame a researchable question
- identify the sources of expertise and disciplinary perspectives to further your understanding of the topic
- gather relevant information, ideas and tools in such disciplines
- define a research approach or method
- synthesize the different perspectives to advance your own interpretation or explanation of, or solution to, the problem your are studying
- write the essay and reflect on your work, its significance, limitations and possibilities.
*Local is defined in its widest sense to mean specific examples or case studies and does not necessarily imply that the focus must be geographically local to you.
WSEE Subject Guide and worksheets
RRS (Researcher's Reflection Space)
RPPF (Researcher's Planning and Progress Form) examples:
IB Extended Essay Guide & Timeline
Check the Extended Essay guide for specific guidance on completing the various steps in the research and writing process of the EE, and these documents:
Extended Essay Timeline, Due Dates and Assignments, Class of 2023
Deadlines for turning in various components of the Extended Essay, for IB Diploma Candidates and IB Course Students in the Class of 2023.
Presentation requirements of the extended essay
Information on formatting the extended essay, covering: word counts (what is included and what is NOT included), illustrations, tables, footnotes and endnotes, appendices and specimen materials. Covers essays submitted in November 2018 and forward (IB Guide 2018).
Required elements of the extended essay
List and description of the six required elements of the final extended essay work that is to be submitted for extended essays for November 2018 and forward (IB Guide 2018).
How to Format the Extended Essay
Tips from the IB on presenting your Extended Essay in a professional manner, with suggestions on font type and size, citations, and referencing. Includes examples showing how choices on font size and type can change the mood and tone of the text being presented.