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 18

Sania Begum 16 October 2017 - 16:30

Dear John,
A students of mine wants to write her EE on 'To what extent does art therapy influence an individual’s psychological state?'
Is this a valid psychology research question?
Thank you.

John Crane 16 October 2017 - 19:13

Sania, the question is too broad. What is meant by "influence an individual's psychological state?" If the student were to study its effectiveness in the treatment of a specific disorder, that would be a better approach.

Dabalina Chatterjee 24 October 2017 - 05:33

Dear John,
my student want to do her EE on " to what extent does the choice of profession contribute to the development of eating disorder " . She hs already started working on it ...please share your feedback

John Crane 29 October 2017 - 17:02

Dear Dabalina

The question sounds pretty broad. Essays that I have read in the past have focused specifically on dancers or another specific occupation. That may be a better approach. I would ask her what she is finding and see if she can narrow it down on her own.

Dabalina Chatterjee 30 October 2017 - 08:06

Dear John,
Thank you.Actually very few papers are available online. Rather I was thinking if we choose dancer (which was our first priority) then the research studies will be limited. that i the reason why we made the profession open. But definitely if you suggest us to go with a specific profession then I will make her do so. Thank you ad really appreciate if I can get to see some sample EE on eating disorder mainly anorexia.
is the EE section changed here (as per EE guide 2018?)

John Crane 30 October 2017 - 08:19

Dear Dabalina,

The EE section is changed to meet the new guide, but there are not any samples yet. We are not allowed to use actual student work online, so I have to take one of my student's work and rewrite a good part of it. I will be doing that in the next month. The IB has also not provided any samples, only "doctored" old essays that have not been very good even for those of us being trained to examine them!

Dabalina Chatterjee 31 October 2017 - 02:45

Dear John,
Noted and thank you

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.

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