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IBCP Reflective Project


IBCP Reflective Project

What is the Reflective Project?

The Reflective Project is an in-depth body of work (essay, play, website, graphic presentation,
etc.) produced over the duration of the IBCP program and is submitted at the end of your
coursework. It is designed to draw together key elements of the IBCP program; Academy
Pathway (career studies), Community and Service Learning, and the Approaches to Learning
course. You will need to identify an ethical
issue/dilemma, stemming from your career
pathway studies, which you would like to
explore in greater depth.
The Reflective project is one-fourth of the IBCP
Core (Approaches to Learning, Language
Development, Community and Service, and
Reflective Project) and is intended to promote
communication skills. You will have the
opportunity to work under the guidance of a
teacher-mentor over the extended period of
time in which you complete your project.

Reflective Project
to Learning
& Development

It is suggested that your Reflective Project be

related to your Community and Service Learning. This will be helpful to you as you select your
topic; you may opt to discuss your project with community members with whom youre
volunteering. However, this is not a requirement. We would rather you find an issue that you are
enthusiastic about and want to research.
Once the ethical issue has been identified, you must explore ALL ethical dimensions related to
the issue. The ethical dimensions of the issue, not the issue itself, are the focus of the
reflective project.

Plagiarism & Citation

A Reflective Project must reflect intellectual honesty in research practices and provide the reader
with the exact sources of quotations, ideas and points of view through accurate bibliographies
and referencing. Producing accurate citations, referencing and a bibliography is a skill that
students should be seeking to perfect. Documenting the research in this way is vital: it allows
readers to evaluate the evidence for themselves and it shows the students understanding of the
importance of the sources used. Failure to comply with this requirement will be viewed as
plagiarism and will, therefore, be treated as a case of malpractice. A works cited is an
alphabetical list of every source used to research and write the essay. Sources that are not
cited in the body of the essay, but were important in informing the approach taken,
should be cited in the introduction or in an acknowledgment. The works cited should
list only those sources cited. If you have further questions ask your subject Reflective Project

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A Reflective Project that is deemed to have been plagiarized will not be scored. The result will be
that the student will not complete one of the requirements of the IBCP Programme and will not
be considered a completer. The student will not receive the IBCP Certificate or the IBCP
Graduation Stole.

Reflective Project Requirements

Reflective Project Format Requirements

Maximum Length

Essay/Dialogue/Short Play

3,000 words

Short Film

10 minutes in length accompanied by a 750-word written

Radio Play/Interview
10 minutes in length accompanied by a 1,500 word
written report
5 single images accompanied by 2,500 words of written
MS PowerPoint presentation
10 single slides accompanied by a 1,500-word written
15 single images accompanied by a 1,500-word written
IB says that the Reflective Project should be the result of approximately 40 hours of work. The
process is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and
creativity. It is an independent project undergone with the guidance of an advising teacher.
The Reflective Project can be completed using one of the following formats:

Word Count
Depending on the project, the word limit could be anywhere from 750 to 3,000 words. The word
count does NOT include the abstract, acknowledgments, table of contents, maps, charts,
diagrams, annotated illustrations and tables, equations, formulas and calculations, citations,
works cited or appendices. Essays containing more than 3,000 words are subject to penalties and
examiners are not required to read material in excess of the word limit.

Structure of Reflective Project

Listed here are the required elements of the Reflective Project. Please note that the order in
which the elements are presented here is not necessarily the order in which they should be
written. You must use in paper citations!

Title page with Word Count

Table of Contents

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Identify an Issue
The Ethical Dimension
The Research
The Evaluation References, Citations and Bibliography
Appendices (if needed- the examiner is not required to read the appendices)

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What are the steps to creating my Reflective Project?

There are four main steps in the research process prior to writing or creating your final Reflective

Select a topic

Determine an issue with ethical

dimencions related to your academy

Revew the Reflective Project assesment

criteria to ensure your idea is feasible.

Conduct Secondary Research

Secondary research is
information and data that
is already published.

Secondary research helps

develop primary research.

Research various points of


ResearchInclude community
Determine the
Determine the

Primary research is
collecting data yourself
includes surveys,
interviews, observations,

data you need

to collect.

Compile secondary and

primary research.

tools you need for

data collection.


Use data to draw

conclusions. Use
statistical, comparative, or
descriptive analysis.

resources in your data

collect to meet the
assessment criteria.

Determine the best

medium to present your
data analyses.

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Advice to Students
Students Should

Read the assessment criteria

Read previous essays to identify strengths and possible pitfalls
Spend time working out the research question (imagine the finished essay)
Follow the structure of the Essay presented in this informational packet.
Start work early and stick to deadlines
Maintain a good working relationship with your supervisor
Construct an argument that relates to the research question
Use the library and consult librarians for advice
Record sources as you go along (rather than trying to reconstruct a list at the end)
Choose a new topic and a research question that can be answered if there is a
problem with the original
Use the appropriate language for the subject
Let your interest and enthusiasm show
Check and proofread the final version carefully

Students Should Not

Students should not work with a research question that is too broad or too vague, too narrow, too
difficult or inappropriate. A good research question is one that asks something worth asking and
that is answerable within 40 hours/750-3,000 words. If a student does not know what evidence is
needed, or cannot collect such evidence, it will not be possible to answer the research question.
In addition, students should not:

Forget to analyze the research question

Ignore the assessment criteria
Collect material that is irrelevant to the research question
Use the internet uncritically
Merely describe or report (evidence must be used to support the argument)
Repeat the introduction in the conclusion
Cite sources that are not used.

One further piece of advice is as follows: the more background a student has in the subject, the
better the chance you have of completing a high-quality Reflective Project. If you choose to write
the Reflective Project in a subject that is not being studied as part of the career-related path, the
quality of your paper might suffer which will result in lower marks.

Reflective Project Timeline

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Junior Year

April 29

Due: Identified your topic and Ethical
Due: List of Sources and Chosen Format

May 13th

Senior Year
August 31st
September 30th
October 28th
December 16th
January 16th
February 15th
March 15th

Finish research and begin working on your
Due: Final Outline
Due: Abstract
Due: Rough Draft
Rough Draft Returned by this date
Submit Final Draft to Mr. Exley and Mrs.
Return of graded Reflective Project
Submission of Reflective Projects to IBO will
be completed.

Note: Throughout the year, student and advisor will also meet outside these dates to discuss
direction of Reflective Project. These meetings will be arranged between the student and the
advisor themselves

Students are assessed by a combination of direct IB assessment and of internal assessment
performed by the school.
The chosen Diploma Programme courses are assessed in accordance with the Diploma
Programme assessment process combining external and internal assessment. Students take
written examinations at the end of their courses, which are scored by external IB examiners. The
scores awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest).
Within the IBCP Core, Approaches to Learning, Language Development and Community and
Service will be assessed and authenticated by the school. The Reflective Project is assessed by
the school and moderated and graded by the IB.
On the following pages, you will find the scoring Rubric.

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Assessment Criteria
Criterion A: Focus and Method
This criterion assesses the students ability to select and explore an ethical dilemma embedded
in an issue, which is contextualized in light of their career-related study, through careful
formulation of a focused and systematic research question. It also assesses the students ability
to select and apply appropriate research methods and collect and select relevant information
from a variety of sources, showing an understanding of bias and validity.




The work does not reach the standard of the descriptor below.
The research question identifies an ethical dilemma related
to the career related study.
There is evidence of planning and acknowledgement of bias
and validity.
There is an identification of an issue linked to the careerrelated study and an arising ethical dilemma. The research
question is clearly stated and the focus on it is generally
sustained throughout the project.
There is evidence of a planned approach and the
sources/data/information. There is evidence of understanding of
Clear identification of an issue linked to the career-related
study, and the arising ethical dilemma. The relevance of the
study is clear. The research question is clearly stated and sharp
focus on it is sustained throughout the project.
There is evidence of excellent planning of research, and the
determination and collection of appropriate and varied sources.
There is evidence of understanding of potential bias and source
validity and measures have been taken to limit bias through
source selection.

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Criterion B: Knowledge and Understanding in Context

This criterion assesses the way in which the student evidences an understanding of the issue and
the ability to contextualize the ethical dilemma in light of the wider issue, and through a local or
global example of the issue and dilemma. It assesses also the ability to analyse different
perspectives, showing an awareness and understanding of the impact of the dilemma on a global
or local community, appreciating also the cultural influences and perception of the ethical


The work does not reach the standard of the descriptor below.
The central ethical dilemma is identified and the student
shows an awareness of its context(s), although this is largely
implicit. Overall, the project demonstrates basic knowledge
and understanding of the ethical dilemma, generally
dominated by one view.
There is evidence of an awareness of the relevance of the
chosen dilemma to community members, which is only
partially integrated into the overall inquiry.


Some awareness of how cultural perspectives can influence

the ethical dilemma is demonstrated, although this is likely to
ethical dilemma is described from more than one
perspective. Overall, the project demonstrates clear and
consistent knowledge and understanding of the ethical dilemma
and its context(s).
There is evidence of a relevant and sustained understanding
of the impact of the ethical dilemma on community members.
Understanding of how cultural perspectives can influence the
ethical dilemma is demonstrated and supported, where
appropriate, with relevant examples.


The central ethical dilemma is analysed from different

perspectives, which are evaluated in a balanced way. Overall,
the work demonstrates a considered and developed knowledge
and understanding of the ethical dilemma with a clear sense of
scope and context(s).
The use of a local or global example to contextualize the
ethical dilemma is effective and well integrated.
The impact of the ethical dilemma on community members is
analysed and forms an integral part of the inquiry.
Analysis of how cultural perspectives can influence the ethical
dilemma is developed and integrated into the ideas presented

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Criterion C: Critical Thinking

This criterion assesses the students logical reasoning and evaluation of the issue, the ability to
interpret, analyse and evaluate material, and the students ability to synthesize and make
connections, linking ideas and evidence and weighing them up as necessary. It assesses also the
students reasoning processes and the ability to present a coherent and sustained argument and
personal voice. Finally, it assesses the appropriateness of findings and opinions related back to
the research question.


The work does not reach the standard of the descriptor below.
A basic argument is presented. Evidence is presented.
The student presents straightforward conclusions, although
these are asserted without drawing on any arguments or
evidence provided.


Some simple ideas are connected and supported with

evidence, although this may not be consistent throughout the
An argument is presented with a viewpoint maintained
throughout. Partial use of evidence is made to develop the
argument. The student is able to reason and demonstrates an
understanding of cause and effect.
Conclusions made are logical, drawing on the arguments and
evidence presented.
Ideas are supported by relevant evidence from different
sources to develop an overall argument.


The argument presents a considered and convincing

discussion of the issue and the associated ethical dilemma,
interpreting and applying evidence to draw considered
Conclusions made are perceptive and concise, drawing
consistently on the arguments and evidence presented.
Connections made between ideas are insightful, sustained and
coherent and developed by a range of well-chosen evidence.


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Criterion D: Communication
This criterion assesses the way in which the student presents a structured and coherent project
through their communication style, using appropriate terminology accurately and consistently,
assisting to convey ideas and concepts clearly.



The work does not reach the standard of the descriptor below.

There is a straightforward structure to the project as a whole,

with similar material grouped together in a logical manner.

is generally clear and structured
appropriately, with consistent use of appropriate terminology.

Communication is coherent and structured in a way that

supports the understanding of the students ideas and
arguments, with effective use of appropriate terminology to
support and develop ideas.


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Criterion E: Engagement and Reflection

This criterion assesses how the student has engaged in discussions with their supervisor in the
planning and progress of their research; the students ability to reflect on and refine the research
process, and react to insights gained through the exploration of their research question; and how
well the student has been able to evaluate decisions made throughout the research process and
suggest improvements to their own working practices.
This criterion also assesses engagement with the focus of the research through an insight into
the students thinking, their intellectual initiative, and their creativity through reflections on the
thought and research process. Finally, through reflections on the process, it assesses the extent
to which the student voice is present rather than only that of the supervisor and academics.


The work does not reach the standard of the descriptor below.
There is evidence of student reflection but this is mostly
Reflections given on decision-making and planning are
These reflections communicate a limited degree of personal
engagement with the subject and/or the process of research.


There is evidence that student reflection is analytical.

Reflections given on decision-making and planning include
reference to conceptual understanding and skill development.
These reflections communicate a moderate degree of
personal engagement with the subject and process of research,
demonstrating some intellectual initiative and/or creativity.


There is evidence that student reflection is evaluative.

Reflections given on decision-making and planning include
reference to the students capacity to consider actions and ideas
in response to setbacks experienced in the research process.
These reflections communicate a high degree of intellectual
and personal engagement with the subject and process of
research, demonstrating authenticity, intellectual initiative
and/or creativity in the student voice.


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Sample Reflective Projects

Academy Pathway
Business Studies

Business Studies
Marketing Studies
Early Childhood
Business Studies

Business Studies

Early Childhood

Project Title
Should US-based companies who outsource to
third-world countries be held to stronger
Should the FCC regulations be loosened in
regards to radio broadcasting?
Should companies be penalized for predatory
Should parents be allowed to opt out of
vaccinating their children?
Should the practices of certain parts of
banking business be constrained or controlled
perhaps by requiring bankers to swear an
ethical oath?
Should the government grant fracking licenses
to companies in order for them to make
potentially high profits
Should one parent stay at home to look after


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Thank you to Hillsboro High School and Green Run

Collegiate for helping create this guide!


Name of


Project Area
Possible Reflective Project Topic
As a student writing the reflective project I understand that I have the right to:

Have clear guidelines about the formal presentation of the RP and marking criteria
from the RP coordinator
Receive guidance and support during the research process from the RP coordinator
& my advisor
Receive subject specific advice from my advisor
Receive verbal comments on my draft project (but I also understand my advisor is
NOT allowed to correct or edit my work or read through it more than once)

I understand that I also have the responsibility to:

Make and keep appointments with my advisor

Work around my advisors schedule
Work steadily throughout the period and keep to deadlines
Consult my advisor or RP coordinator as soon as I realize I have a problem
Check all grammar, punctuation, spelling etc. (DONT rely on the spellchecker)
Avoid plagiarism and malpractice by utilizing appropriate citations
Spend about 40 hours in total on this work.

I have read and understand the regulations and guidelines for the International Baccalaureate
Reflective Project. I will adhere to the regulations and guidelines and the deadlines prescribed in
the contract. Students must complete the Reflective Project in order to complete the IBCP course
of study.


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Student E-Mail
Student Signature

As a parent of a student
writing the reflective project I understand that:
The IB Reflective Project is a requirement for the IBCP.
The IBContract
Reflective Project is intended to be an independent research project

completed by the student. IB places limits on what and how any adults can help an
IB candidate with their Reflective Project. Parents and other adults should be careful
to not do extensive editing or revision of portions of their students paper.
The student has an advisor and an RP Coordinator they can use as resources, but
the student is responsible for taking the initiative in getting help and understanding
all requirements. If the student never contacts the advisor or meets deadlines, it is
not the advisors responsibility to chase him or her down.
The student is expected to spend approximately 40 hours on this work.
The student is expected to meet all deadlines in order to stay in good standing with
IBCP Program.
The student will need to consult academic works and may need to go to libraries or
conduct fieldwork etc. on their own time.
The student will be expected to complete a portion of the project over the summer.
If the student plagiarizes any portion of his/her paper, the paper will not be scored.
The student will not complete the IBCP Programme as a result.

Teacher Advisors Agree To:

Be accessible for consultation on a scheduled basis

Provide subject specific guidance
Conduct scheduled meetings, but the student is responsible for initiating contact
and asking for help.

I have read and understand the regulations and guidelines for the International Baccalaureate
Reflective Project. I will offer my parental support to see that my child adheres to the regulations
and guidelines and the deadlines prescribed in the contract. I understand that students will be
scored on their Reflective Project in the Approaches to Learning (ATL) course, failure to meet
deadlines with the project will result in a lower grade for the ATL course. I understand that while
all students are provided a teacher supervisor for support, the Reflective Project is ultimately an
individual project on the part of the student and that failure to complete a quality Reflective
Project can result in a failing condition for the IB Career-Related Program Certificate. I understand
that the IB guide to ethical standards dictates that ANY plagiarism is malpractice and that the
student will not receive an IB Certificate if plagiarism is detected.


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Parent/Guardian Signature