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Conceptual understandings overview of the integrated units

Showcase China is an integrated approach to developing understandings about China today, the hosts of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Below are the 'big ideas' that provide an overview of the conceptual understandings behind Showcase China.

Big ideas

  • People express their cultures and traditions in their daily lives.
  • There are similarities and differences in the lives and culture of people in New Zealand and China.
  • Global technology and communication influences interaction and flows of knowledge and trade between nations.
  • The image of a place is influenced by the culture and heritage of its people.
  • The movement of large numbers of people for an event (such as the Olympic Games) presents challenges and opportunities to groups and nations.
  • Social, cultural, and environmental changes in a nation have implications for long-term sustainability.

Years

Motivating question

Focus concepts

Big ideas

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Is your life the same as mine?

  • Customs
  • Culture
  • Traditions
  • Similarities and differences
  • Cultural images

People express their cultures and traditions in their daily lives.

There are similarities and differences in the lives and culture of people in New Zealand and China.

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What is unique about China?

  • Customs
  • Cultural diversity
  • Cultural expressions
  • Traditions
  • Cultural images

People express their cultures and traditions in their daily lives.

There are similarities and differences in the lives and culture of people in New Zealand and China.

The image of a place is influenced by the culture and heritage of its people.

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How does China connect with my world?

  • Interaction
  • Culture
  • Heritage
  • Globalisation
  • Communication
  • Image
  • Perception

People express their cultures and traditions in their daily lives.

The image of a place is influenced by the culture and heritage of its people.

Global communication influences interaction and flows of knowledge and trade between nations.

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How do we express our culture and heritage today?

  • Culture
  • Heritage
  • Sustainability
  • Change
  • Perception
  • Communication

Cultures change and adapt, and are expressed and sustained by the actions of groups and individuals.

How we perceive a place is influenced by the images, values, and ideas communicated by people; their culture and heritage.

Common focus over all levels:

Approaches to current issues during the Olympic Games

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