Independent Investigation

A "Typical" Argentine mealThe Independent Investigation

The Independent Investigation is the formal component of the Internal Assessment and should take about 10 hours of time to complete. It is important to have a plan for how you will approach the Independent Investigation, thinking about the development of skills during the course, when you can do fieldwork, if you want to use this for your investigations, and at what point during the course will your students be ready to complete the investigation. This should require negotiation with your DP Coordinator

Guiding Students through the Independent Investigation

It is important to keep the independent Investigation to a scale which is doable in the ten hours allocated. This is a relatively simple investigation and not an Extended Essay. There are similarities...

Writing the Independent Investigation

The Independent Investigation (II) should take about 10 hours of your time, including the planning and investigation stages. It is worth 25% of the final grade reflecting the importance that the IB places...

Grading the Individual Investigation Report

Within these sub-pages, we have compiled some real example IAs. The examiner comments are our comments based on our experience and are not definitive IB comments.My advice when marking your students is...

How to Submit Your Internal Assessment (IA)

I read a lot of panicky questions on the IB's online forum and the Facebook group ESSpedia about what to do with the internal assessment. As a DP Coordinator I have a little...

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Student Exemplar IA - Surveys - Meat Eating 3 February 2019

An increasing number of my students are interested in exploring attitudes around how to move people to eat less meat. This...
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Grading the Individual Investigation Report 3 February 2019

Within these sub-pages, we have compiled some real example IAs. The examiner comments are our comments based on our experience...
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Student Exemplar IA: Secondary data SDW 27 September 2020

This student wanted to investigate the relationship between solid domestic waste and income level. He scored 22/30, the...
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Student Exemplar IA - Secondary Data - Child Mortality 9 August 2020

Word Count: 1962Exposure to poor air quality and air pollution is believed to be a factor in infant mortality risk(U.S....
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Student Exemplar IA - Secondary Data - Air Pollution 9 August 2020

This student chose to investigate air pollution in China. She narrowed her question down to Beijing and managed to find...
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Individual Investigation Ideas 21 July 2020

Many teachers are rightly worried about how to complete their IA or just support students skill development with their PSOW...
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