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Extended Essay: First Reflection Session


Please note:

  • Sessions should last 20-30 minutes.
  • Your conversation should be centered around the progress you've made and planning your next steps.
  • Where are you in the process? Why did you decide on this topic? How strong is your research question? What do you need to do next?

Following this first session, the student is required to complete the first student reflection section of the Planning and Progress tab in ManageBac. The entry should be 150 words or less and be completed by March 25, 2018. Please note that I've provided sample reflections below on the example RPPF forms.

Feel free to send me any other questions you have!

Students: Preparing for your First Reflection Session

Based on the EE Guide, page 60:

At Omaha Central, the first reflection takes place after the student has selected a subject, topic and written a working research question and after the supervisor has completed supervisor training.

As preparation for their first reflection session, students should do the following.
1. Read the subject-specific section of the Extended essay guide for the subject they are interested in,
paying particular attention to the nature of the subject and the treatment of the topic.
2. Undertake further background reading and begin to gather information around their area of interest.
This exploration should give rise to a variety of topics and questions that students can consider for
further research. At this stage it is important that students consider the availability of reliable and
valid sources for the topic under consideration. 
3. Begin developing a research proposal which might include a MindMap® of ideas, an annotated article
or preliminary bibliography. Additionally, students must already be thinking in terms of the following
• Is my topic appropriate for the subject I am considering?
• Why am I interested in this area and why is it important?
• What possible questions have emerged from my initial reading?
• Are there any ethical issues that I need to consider?
• What possible methods or approaches might be used for research in this area and why?

Sample RPPFs by Subject Area

Here are a few sample RPPFs -- provided so you can see what other students have written for their required Extended Essay reflections. You may use these as inspiration -- but keep in mind that we don't know how these reflections were scored!

Supervisors: The First Reflection Session

From the EE Guide, pg 61.

This initial reflection session should be a dialogue between the student and the supervisor based on the student’s initial explorations. It is recommended that the student have selected a subject, narrowed their topic and crafted a working research question before the meeting. They may have begun to construct a research proposal, which is due April 9, 2018,  and which will be sent to the supervisor when it is completed.

Topics of discussion that should arise during this session include:
• a review of the requirements and assessment criteria for the subject
• a review of ethical and legal implications, if applicable
• a dialogue about possible approaches and any potential problems that might arise
• a discussion of strategies for developing the student’s ideas for the essay and expanding the research so that the essay starts to take form
• probing and challenging questions that will help the student focus their thinking; this should lead to the development of the student’s working research question
• an outline of the next steps that the student should undertake in order to refine their question; this should take the form of a research and writing timeline.

Note: This is the first of three FORMAL reflection sessions. Other "check-in" sessions will likely be needed between formal sessions, particularly after the supervisor has reviewed the student's research proposal.

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