EE Criterion A. Focus & method

IB Psychology: EE Criterion A. Focus & method

Criterion A in the new Extended Essay curriculum focuses on three strands: the research question, the focus and scope of the essay and the selection of sources. The introduction is assessed under this first criterion, but the overall focus of the essay is also assessed.The introduction is a very important part of the extended essay. It has the important role of framing the argument. It tells the reader what the paper...

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Comments 15

Karl Pestonji 17 November 2017 - 09:21

Hello John,
Could you share your thoughts on the following EE RQs,
1) To what extent does aggression enhance performance in sports?

2) To what extent do mirror neurons influence empathy?

Thank you, appreciated.

John Crane 19 November 2017 - 07:11

Dear Karl

I don't understand question 1. What is meant by "aggression" here? The question is not clear.

I would reword question 2 to something like: Can Mirror neurons explain an individual's level of empathy? Or - Is empathy a result of mirror neurons, or can it be learned?

Karl Pestonji 20 November 2017 - 09:49

Dear John,
My student is interested in critically looking at the role aggression plays in sport... aggression is looked upon negatively and it can sometimes impair performance but if understood and harnessed it can enhance performance. She wants to dissect this idea. Does she need to define aggression more specifically such as "aggressive behavior"?

John Crane 20 November 2017 - 17:13

Dear Karl - the question is not really clear. How would "aggression enhance performance?" This is not clear to me and thus the question is not clear enough. Is aggression being seen as a trait of the athlete? Does this mean the level of competition? I would have your student bring you the research she finds and then have her form a more well-defined question based on that research.

Karl Pestonji 21 November 2017 - 03:33

Will do that. Thank you for your inputs.

Karl Pestonji 21 November 2017 - 11:20

Dear John, After a long discussion (and exploration) with my student we too found aggression to be a bit vague and came up with this:-
TWE does arousal influence sport performance.
Is it still too broad? There are quite a few theories that talk about the impact of arousal on performance and as counter claims maybe look at other factors (social/cognitive) that can influence performance. Maybe even highlight a link between cognitive factors and arousal? am I making sense :) ?

John Crane 21 November 2017 - 14:20

Dear Karl

Much better IMHO. I think that if she can narrow down the sport performance, that would be helpful - so, individual sports or team sports? Or even a specific sport. Otherwise, your thinking makes sense and is a valid approach to the essay.

Karl Pestonji 22 November 2017 - 03:50

Thank you so much John.

Karl Pestonji 23 November 2017 - 10:02

Hello again John - How relevant is this:-
TWE is Mindfulness an effective method of dealing with arousal in sports.

John Crane 23 November 2017 - 15:51

Karl - that sounds like a good topic, but maybe "anxiety" would be better than "arousal?"

Karl Pestonji 24 November 2017 - 03:33

Phew! :) Thanks again John.

Katarzyna Płachta 29 December 2017 - 16:52

Dear John, it is me again. Could you please enlighten me when it comes to 'an appropriate range of relevant .... method(s) have been applied' phrase? I do comprehend the idea of sources, but 'methods...aplied' is a bit challenging. Do they mean methods used to do research? If so what kind of methods should we take into account? Isn't literature search the only one applicable in the EE? Or is it about the methods used in the studies and why they are crucial to explore the RQ?

John Crane 30 December 2017 - 12:37

Dear Katarzyna

The rubric is for all subjects in the IB. Some subjects have to carry out primary research (e.g. the sciences). In our case, the "methods" part of the rubric does not apply to our subject.

Katarzyna Płachta 31 December 2017 - 12:04

John, THANK YOU! Happy New Year (again)! This time for real :) I will be back next year ):

Cherith Johnson 24 May 2018 - 20:01

John- Is it appropriate to share the psychology EE Criterion pages with students? Or is it too much for them?

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