Tactical - Inquiry Project

What is an Inquiry Project?

All Microcampus students spend a significant amount of time each week devoted to investigating a topic of high personal interest that relates to the Xizhou area. Students actively seek and depend upon the wisdom of the people living in and around Xizhou to support their active investigation into their chosen area of interest.

During their exploration of one of the wide range of possible topics, students will be supported by a framework for inquiry that features the following four main phases:
 
    1) Posing Real Questions
    2) Finding Resources
    3) Interpreting Information
    4) Reporting Findings
 
The process is designed to be cyclical in nature, however, and will involve plenty of reflection, questioning, and reframing their research as new information is found. All student work will be made public during the research process online; it is hoped that readers will provide feedback to students during the research process and follow along as the students report their learning.

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Updated 6 days 13 hours ago
mia01pd2021's picture

In Phase 1, I had posed the 10 Big Questions that will be the basis of my research in Xizhou, as I will try and answer them upon arrival. Now in Phase 2, I will be finding helpful resources that will further my understanding on my topic of Body Language, both in Shanghai and Xizhou. I will also be learning to look at the validity of the websites I have and will use throughout my inquiry work.

Updated 1 month 1 week ago
mia01pd2021's picture

Microcampus. This 28-day spring trip is definetely a once in a lifetime opportunity. During this trip, we must complete an inquiry project of our choice, in which we decide on before we reach Yunnan. When I first downloaded the list of possible inquiry projects, it was intriguing to me the amount of topics avaliable, as there seemed to be countless. Furthermore, all of them seemed to be subjects I would have an interest in and enjoy would studying throughout the process.

Updated 1 month 3 weeks ago
jason01pd2021's picture
This is the start of a learning journey. I cannot wait to embark on this 28 day trip to Xizhou. In preparation for this trip, we needed to choose a topic for an inquiry project that we plan on completing. It has been a long and arduous process for me, but I did manage to settle on a blend of two topics: Project/Business Management, and Local Plant and Insect Life.
 
Updated 1 month 4 weeks ago
marco01pd2021's picture

Microcampus has always been about spending four weeks in a rural village in Yunnan and exploring one's interests outside of the "Shanghai bubble". During these four weeks, every single student needs an Inquiry Project, chosen from a long list of topics. The topics frequently change, with topics added or deleted for every group, and so many of them appealed to me.

Updated 2 months 5 days ago
debbie01pd2021's picture

In the spring, I'll be embarking on a journey that I've never experienced before - Microcampus. During my stay, I'll be investigating Local Spirits/Legends/Stories (more specifically the ficus tree and how people interact with them) and using photography to document my knowledge and my journey. I started off with a lot of topics, but then I slowly narrowed it down to one final topic with the help from Mr. T. 

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