Phase 1: Posing Real Questions
In Phase 0 I have narrowed down a list of possible topics and I have chosen my final inquiry topic - bamboo weaving. Now in Phase 1, I will be researching background information about my topic and I will be asking important questions that I will answer in Xizhou.
What do I already know (or think I know) about this topic?
As of now, I do not know much about Bamboo Weaving or Textile production, but I hope to gain more knowledge of this topic as I continue to research my topic. So far, I know that bamboo weaving is used to make baskets, and by using different colors of bamboo and different techniques the weaver can make many different baskets. I also know that in order to make a successful bamboo woven basket, first a strong base made out of thick bamboo strands must be made, then thin pieces of bamboo are woven to make the sides, and finally the top is finished by using a wide thin strand of bamboo.
Where did I learn these things?
I learned mostly by looking at Microcampus Alumni's final inquiry projects. I mostly looked at Maya K, Vanessa P, and Ryley S's inquiry projects. All three of them had the topic of bamboo weaving as their inquiry project. I also knew some of this information from working on Phase 0 because when I first was narrowing down my list of possible topics, I did a quick search about each of them.
What do I want to know about this topic?
There is a lot that I would like to learn about bamboo weaving. First of all, I would like to learn some background information and history about bamboo weaving in Xizhou. I want to learn about how the process of bamboo weaving has changed over time, or if it has stayed mostly the same. I would also like to know what the baskets are mostly used for. I want to learn about the different techniques used when bamboo weaving, and maybe focus in on one technique or style to learn about. In addition, I would like to find out what makes bamboo weaving in Xizhou different from different places in China.
Before I ask my 10 big questions, I will be doing some background research about bamboo weaving which can be found in Phase 3.