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Vrishti & NathanThis blog supports the IB Chemistry internally assessed investigation (first exam May 2016). It is a guide for students and teachers.

I hope you find it helpful – Carol Jordan @CuriousCurie

The IA investigation allows a student to carry out an inquiry on a topic of their own choice. The investigation aims to

  • Develop research and writing skills
  • Foster a journey of intellectual discovery
  • Foster creativity
  • Provide students with an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge
  • Provide students with an opportunity to ¬†pursue a topic of personal interest
  • Reinforce Chemistry concepts and principles
  • Develop an appreciation for how scientists’ use of data and models,
  • Develop an appreciation for the benefits and limitations of science.
  • Make local and/or global connections

The learning involved is closely aligned with the characteristics described in the IB learner profile and the aims of the group 4 experimental sciences. The project also shares with the theory of knowledge (TOK) course a concern with interpreting and evaluating evidence, constructing reasoned arguments and reflecting on the nature of scientific knowledge and how it is produced.

This blog follows the different parts of the inquiry process

Personal engagement

Exploration

  1. Getting started
  2. Focusing the topic
  3. Feasibility study
  4. Research Question
  5. Introduction
  6. Background information
  7. Prediction
  8. Methodology

Analysis

  1. Data Collection
  2. Data Processing

Evaluation

  1. Conclusion
  2. Evaluation of scientific context, strengths and limitations
  3. Improvements

Academic honesty

Information sources

Referencing

Assessment

References

Brown, Catrin and Mike Ford (2008). Higher Level Chemistry developed specifically for the IB diploma.Heinemann Baccalaureate.

Neuss, Geoffrey (2007). IB Diploma Programme Chemistry Course Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Neuss, Geoffrey (2007). IB Study Guides, Chemistry for the IB Diploma. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Derry, L, M Connor and C Jordan (2009). Chemistry for use with the IB Diploma Programme, Standard level. Melbourne: Pearson Education.

Derry, Lanna, et al. (2009). Chemistry for use with the IB Diploma Programme Higher Level. Melbourne: Pearson Heinemann.

Derry, Lanna, et al. (2009). Chemistry for use with the IB Diploma Programme Options Coursebook. Melbourne: Pearson Heinemann.

International Baccalaureate Organisation (2013) Diploma Programme Chemistry Guide (first exams 2016). Cardiff. International Baccalaureate Organisation (UK) Ltd.

International Baccalaureate Organisation (2013) Chemistry Data Booklet (first exams 2016). Cardiff. International Baccalaureate Organisation (UK) Ltd.

International Baccalaureate Organisation (2013) Diploma Programme Theory of Knowledge Guide (first exams 2015). Cardiff. International Baccalaureate Organisation (UK) Ltd.

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