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.
The word ‘vocation’ comes from the Latin vocare, to call, and originally it meant a religious calling. Over time, it came to mean a calling to other professions, usually of a socially worthy kind, for example, being a doctor might be called a vocation, or a teacher. It's unlikely that anyone would say ‘I have a vocation to be a city banker’.
In schools, the word is generally used as an adjective, ‘vocational’, to describe anything that is to do with the world of work. ‘Work-related learning’ is part of the National Curriculum and is an entitlement for all pupils. Schools also offer vocational subjects at Key Stage 4. Students can opt to take vocational subjects at GCSE or A level, or national vocational qualifications ...