IB HL Geography Internal Assessment

IB HL Geography Internal Assessment


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Field Question: To what extent do Beijing’s characteristics determine the rate and pattern of rural workers migration. (Feel free to change and edit this)


The field question is based on the data, and we can pick any topics in the online survey results document to create it.



For this IA our evidence comes from an online survey and in-person interviews (methods of investigation) targeting rural workers and asking them questions such as to why they migrated from provinces or small towns to a big urban city like Beijing. In the data analysis, both methods should be analyzed with charts and graphs.


In the excel sheet, the first line are the topics & categories, and below are the data the workers provided to us. For the statistics analysis, we have access to the JASP app to create charts and organize the data, in which I’ve already converted the excel document into the CSV format, this way its applicable to import into the app. But we can also just to create data graphs and charts in Excel and describe, analyze them in our writing.


For some topics there are blank boxes, this symbolizes that some workers did not answer those questions and we can explain this as the refusal rate in our analysis. The field question is depended on the topics we choose to analyze, we can simply avoid those blank spaces and pick the ones that have been answered the most and easy to relate back to the field question i.e (Monthly salaries, Education, Purpose of migrating to Beijing, etc)


**This is a chart I’ve created from using the excel document.




Another chart of what I created, the monthly salaries.




I’ve attached a few IA examples provided from the teacher, but their field question and data are not relevant to our investigation. But rather the format should be the aim. A Rubric for annotations are also included, as well as a PPT that labels out the specific requirements to have in different section of the IA. All the possible materials can be found in the file attachments.


*The syllabus part is referring to the topics in the course guide. Page 40. Option G:Urban Environments should be the right topic to relate to.







IA Checklist


  1. Criterion A: Fieldwork Question and Geographic Context
  • The link between the fieldwork question and the relevant syllabus topic.
  • The syllabus or geographical theory is described.
  • The link made to geographical theory allows for the possible formulation of hypotheses and predictions.
  • The fieldwork question is geographical and focused, clearly identifying a precise location allowing for primary data collection within the limits of the internal assessment.
  • One or more locational maps are presented and follow mapping conventions
  • Maps provide clear information and details of the fieldwork location.
  • Maps enhance the geographic context.






  1. Criterion B: Methodology Checklist
  • The methods used for information and data collection are described
  • A clear and accurate explanation of how the combination of data collected is relevant to the:
    1. Theory
    2. FWQ and the hypotheses.
  • Statistical tests have been described (Spatial and non-spatial)
  • A description of the correct use of:
    1. The method(s),
    2. data collection instruments/technologies
    3. sampling/surveying techniques are used correctly,
  • An explanation proving ‘4’ above results in reliable and good quality primary data supporting a relevant quantitative and/or qualitative analysis.






  1. Criterion C: Quality and treatment of information collected checklist
  • The information and data collected is all directly relevant to the question formulated or the hypotheses,
  • Data is presented to demonstrate sufficient quantity and quality to allow for analysis AND answering of the question formulated.
  • The most appropriate techniques have been used effectively for the presentation of information and data collected.
    1. 3 or more types of charts
    2. 3 differently symbolised maps
  • All graphs, tables, diagrams or other illustrations follow conventions (labelling, titles, BOLTTSS).
  1. Criterion D: Written Analysis checklist
  • The written analysis includes descriptive and statistical techniques
    1. Confidence levels evaluated
    2. Completed for qualitative, quantitative and spatial data
  • Trends, patterns and statistics are explained, including:
    1. Outliers
    2. Anomalies
    3. Linked to:
      1. FWQ
      2. Hypotheses
  • Geographical context
  1. Fieldwork location
  2. Methodology
  • The written analysis allows for answering the question formulated, with no or only minor gaps in the supporting evidence.
  • All figures are referenced in the text





  1. Criterion E: Conclusion Checklist
  • There is a clear conclusion to the fieldwork question
  • Conclusion is supported by the analysis.






  1. Criterion F: Evaluation Checklist
  • The most appropriate and relevant strengths and/or weaknesses are explained regarding:
    1. Data collection methods
    2. Formulation of the fieldwork research question
    3. Presentation of data/information
    4. Choice of location.
  • Suggestions for improvement are outlined
    1. Potential impact of these improvements is explained.









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