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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.  


Virtue as a term of moral approval or even as a goal of moral development is presently almost absent from official educational discourse although much debated in the strong revival of ethics as a topic in academic philosophy. In everyday conversation including the conversation of staffrooms, on the other hand, the names of the virtues remain in common use.

It is worth recalling from the outset that virtu in its etymological origins takes its root from the Latin for a man, vir, and that, therefore, the virtues were thought of by their first great codifier, Aristotle, as strictly masculine properties. All the same, any argument about the virtues (in his case always spoken of in the plural) must start from the Aristotelian view that morality ...

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