State Library of South Australia

Connections with China: Identity and the preservation of culture [opportunity 5]

Date: 10 September 2018 to 9 November 2018

Time: 10.30am to 2.15pm

Location: Meet in the forecourt under plane tree

Note: Only available in term 3 and 4, so be quick to book!

Students investigating

Spend a day immersed in a free learning program of cultural experiences that include workshops, an exhibition from Shandong, China and a behind-the-scenes peek of your State Library.

This program investigates cultural identity and how we capture, preserve and share stories in our global context.

We suggest that you arrive 30 minutes early to give yourself time to see the exhibition before your program begins.

Suitability: years 5, 6 and 7
Days: Monday to Friday (alternate weeks from 10 September)
Capacity: up to two classes of 30 students
Supervision: Minimum of 1:10, 1:6 recommended
experienced primary years Educators and Librarians

The interactive program

Learners will spend a full day immersed in an interactive program of cultural experiences, organised into four elements:

One mountain, one river, one sage: Treasures from the Shandong Library exhibition

Opening in September, learners will discover rare and ancient treasures from the Shandong Library, China.

From Asia to Australia workshop

Learners will critically examine cultural identity and gain intercultural understandings through participation in aspects of China's intangible cultural heritage.

From clay tablet to ipad workshop

Learners will find out about ways that knowledge and stories have been recorded, with access to collection materials often unseen by the general public. They will investigate the science behind preservation techniques.

Behind-the-scenes experience

Learners will have opportunity to access restricted areas and discover methods used to preserve collections for future generations in a state-of-the-art environment.

Key inquiry questions

  • What role does culture play in shaping our identities?
  • How has Australian society changed over time and how has this effected society?
  • What other opinions, points of view or perspectives could there be?
  • What is recorded about the past?
  • Think like a scientist:
    • What patterns and relationships can you see?
    • What are the problems and challenges in preserving historic documents?
    • What do you predict might happen?

Effective learning principles

Teaching for Effective Learning principles strongly underpin the learning design and all learning experiences are aligned with the Australian Curriculum, with a particular emphasis on:

  • Learning area of HASS: History and Geography.
  • Learning area of Science.
  • General Capability of intercultural understanding.
  • Cross-Curriculum Priority of Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia.

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