Voyagers Puxi March 2018 - 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 1 month 8 hours ago
ethan01px2022's picture



Choices. As we embark ourselves in the Microcampus trip we have had to choose our topics for an odyssey of 28 days, which will determine what we do. So I have went back to reliable Mr. T's advice, and chosen the Change and Development of Xizhou. Here is my topic choice, along with others I ruled out.

Updated 1 month 1 day ago
josephine01px2022's picture

This is currently Phase 1, where I will be focusing on plants and insect life. Back in Phase 0, I had carefully chosen my topic that I will be working with for a month. My plan is to investigate information about the environment and insects that lived with the villagers in Yunnan Province. The purpose of this plan and the topic is to learn about the people in China and how they rely on the environment to form their village and their culture.

Updated 1 month 4 days ago
clark01px2022's picture

Hi! This is the first phase of my inquiry project, which is an opportunity for all Microcampus students to discover more about Xizhou from different aspects within the 28 days of our travel. We had a wide variety of topic choices to choose from: from business case studies to silversmithing, and even designing our own tourist guide. I eventually focused on some specific topics using the method mentioned below:

Updated 1 month 1 week ago
lily02px2022's picture

This is the beginning of a project, which I will grow and learn over the course of. I will be going to Xizhou for 28 days with fellow peers who are interested in learning about other cultures and ways of life. In the village, I will be investigating love and marriage. To narrow down the amount of topics I could choose, I considered which topics I thought I would be able to connect with people through.

Updated 1 month 2 weeks ago
brandt01px2022's picture
What I have written done below is the very start of a 28-day journey to Xi Zhou. This is the progress of me eliminating the many choices we were able to research into one specific topic to study. At first, while reading the possible topics, there were many interesting ideas that I was interested in, but because we could of only choose one topic, I had to slowly narrow my choices down.
Updated 1 month 2 weeks ago
shirley01px2022's picture

Early on in 2017, September, we were first introduced to a twenty-eight day learning experience that took place in the village of Xizhou, called Microcampus, in which a select 16 will be chosen to attend. In time, I found myself to be one of those 16, and things were set in motion quickly. A long list of topic descriptors were available, with over 30 ideas which did not even limit your own personal proposals.

Updated 2 months 1 week ago
sonia01px2022's picture

Microcampus is a journey that will take me outside the minuscule bubble of Shanghai - our expedition is to travel to a rural village and create amazing connections and experiences with the locals and Xizhou's culture. Each student is required to pursue a topic of personal interest from the Inquiry Project list - to enhance our knowledge by producing real-world connections; to construct new ideas and perspectives.

Updated 2 months 1 week ago
shiny02px2022's picture

Lao Zi, a Chinese philosopher, once famously said: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." To start off this 28-day journey in Xizhou, I was given a long, detailed list of topics for my inquiry project. To conduct a meaningful research, to find my hobbies and interests, and to select the topic that best motivates me, I reviewed each topic thoroughly to make a final decision.

Updated 2 months 1 week ago
sunny02px2022's picture

First of all, I would like to say how I understand that this trip will involve me researching a topic of high interest about Xizhou's culture and/or people for an extended period of time. This meant that I could not just pick any topic for the inquiry project, but a topic that I will be interested in for a long time, as I will be staying in Xizhou for 28 days.

Updated 2 months 1 week ago
austin02px2022's picture

When I was told I was about to spend 28 days in a village within Xizhou to research a topic we were highly interested in, I was speechless. I never really had a strong interest in one particular topic therefore the list of topics I could research was huge. I went to my brother (Jeffrey) who had gone on the Microcampus trip before and received some advice on choosing my topic. His suggestions were to find a topic that I was not acquainted.