Phase 0: Getting Started: Topic Exploration and Selection

Updated 4 years 4 months ago

When I started out choosing which topic I was going to research for my inquiry project, I had narrowed down the list to; the local education system, local recreations and hobbies, and traditional Chinese medicine. 

 

I am interested in the education system because I have been to so many schools as a student, but I have never been to a local school. I am really interested to see the difference in how things run and work in a Chinese local school! This topic is important to me because my childhood consists of schools, mainly because I grew up in a house run by teachers themselves. School is where my family is, literally. To learn about other types of schools would be an amazing opportunity for me. I want to learn about the system itself. Who decides how much math they learn compared to how much art? Do they even take art? What is considered important in education in a Chinese local school?

I am interested in learning about what locals do for fun in there free time. Where do they go after work/school? Do they go home? Do they go out? I have always wondered about what people outside my "bubble" do for fun. I am guessing its a lot different from what I consider to be fun. If I were to research this topic, I would definitly need to interview lots of people, but more importantly, I was hoping to be able to follow locals around and see for myself, where they go, and what they do.

Traditional Chinese medicine sounds pretty cool, and I guess that is why I chose it. I have know for a fact that our western medicine is VERY different than traditional Chinese medicine, but I have never know why/how. If I were to do my inquiry project on traditional Chinese medicine, I would hope to find out what they use for medicine, an what medicine for what problem. I would want to know why they believe that there medicine works, and what makes it work. I would also like to find out the differences between western medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine.

After many discusions with my parents, I chose "local recreations and hobbies". Where do they go after work/school? Do they go home? Do they go out? I have always wondered about what people outside my "bubble" do for fun. I'm guessing its a lot different from what I consider to be fun. I will definitely need to interview lots of people, but more importantly, I am hoping to be able to follow locals around and see for myself, where they go, and what they do.

Hi, my name is Christina Manning and I'm 15 years old. Born in Canada with a dual German citizenship, I have lived in countless countries throughout my school years, including Korea, Dubai, and Australia. I am currently in my sophomore year at Shanghai American School. Microcampus was an amazing experience - one I will never forget. It provided me with a new perspective on China, and it's people, which is something that I will always cherish.