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How we express ourselves

  • An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.


Central idea: People’s outward appearance can lead to perceptions and misconceptions.

form, function, causation, change, connection, perspective, responsibility, reflection

Related concepts: creativity, diversity, stereotypes

What lines of inquiry will define the scope of the inquiry into the central idea?
  • Personal adornments, clothing and identity
  • Reasons for what people wear
  • Impact of first impressions
  • Countering misconceptions




Other schools' reading of this unit:



  • "People's outward appearance is a form of self expression".
http://www.cis.edu.sg/cis/Page.aspx?id=490
  • "First Impressions: People's outward appearance can lead to perceptions and misconceptions."
http://www.iringaschool.org/pb/wp_c2efc471/wp_c2efc471.html In connection with this idea, see

http://www.psypress.co.uk/smithandmackie/resources/topic.asp?topic=ch03-tp-01 ( a social psychology online text book)



ap·pear·ance
noun /əˈpi(ə)rəns/ 

appearances, plural
  • The way that someone or something looks
    • - I like the appearance of stripped antique pine
    • - they are similar in appearance



  • An impression given by someone or something, although this may be misleading
    • - she read it with every appearance of interest



  • An act of performing or participating in a public event
    • - he is well-known for his television appearances



  • An act of becoming visible or noticeable; an arrival
    • - the sudden appearance of her daughter startled her



  • A process of coming into existence or use
    • - the appearance of the railroad