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About the SeriesThe SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.Key Concepts in Education provides students with over 100 essential themes, topics and expressions that Education students are likely to encounter, both during their courses and beyond in professional practice. Co-authored to draw on experiences of working within academia, local authorities and the classroom, the entries provide:a definition of the concepta description of the historical and practical contextan explanation of how the concept is appliedan evaluation of the concepthelpful references and suggested further readingThis book will be essential reading for students of Education, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers. About the AuthorsFred Inglis is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sheffield. Lesley Aers is a senior member of a local authority school improvement service and an Ofsted inspector. Both authors are former schoolteachers.  

How to Use This Book to Help You Think
How to use this book to help you think

… about teaching primarily, and about life as well. The book is entitled Key Concepts and as the relevant entry declares, a concept is an organising idea which serves to pick out certain features in an object of thought and distinguish it from other objects. It is therefore an instrument of thought. The greatest philosopher of his day, Ludwig Wittgenstein, writing in the 1940s, sets out many of the guiding principles which direct the definitions in this book.

He begins by insisting that the meaning of words is found in their many uses.

Think of the tools in a toolbox: there is a hammer, pliers, a saw, a screwdriver, a ...

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