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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".
  • "First Impressions: People's outward appearance can lead to perceptions and misconceptions." In connection with this idea, see ( a social psychology online text book)

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