Notice to Schools 44/2017 − 3 May 2017

Extended Investigation student research questions: possible duplication with other VCE studies

Principals/Directors, Teachers of Extended Investigation

Main Points

As stated in the VCE Extended Investigation Study Design, page 14, one of the criteria in the development of the proposed research question is that ‘duplication does not exist with any current VCE study’.

Following the submission of all student research questions for Extended Investigation on VASS, the VCAA reviewed questions in light of this criterion. However, it is also noted that the very nature of an ‘extended’ investigation is such that students may develop an idea for an investigation from another VCE study. Additionally, a number of VCE studies now include research projects, particularly in the sciences.

The success of Extended Investigation is dependent on teacher oversight, ensuring that all work is authenticated throughout the year. Rather than rejecting research questions which have the possibility of being duplicated as a research topic in another VCE study, the VCAA requests that Extended Investigation teachers communicate with other teachers in the school as part of their authentication management to ensure that students are not duplicating assessed work in multiple studies.

If students are found to be duplicating assessed work, this should result in a breach investigation (see VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook 2017, page 79-84)

Action Required

Principals/Directors and NAPLAN coordinators should:

  • ensure that Extended Investigation teachers communicate with other teachers in the school as part of their authentication management to confirm that students are not duplicating assessed work in multiple studies.

Critical Dates

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Additional Information

For queries about Extended Investigation, contact Katherine Quin, Project Manager, VCE Curriculum Unit, VCAA: (03) 9302 1699.