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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.  


‘Youth's a stuff will not endure’ wrote Shakespeare in one of his songs, and classical literature is loud with laments on the shortness of youth, as well as its blissful excesses, its passions (especially for love and sex), its recklessness, its gaiety and its giving itself to life and the moment. What is less celebrated in the poetry is also the general conviction of youth that it is always in the right and in any case justified in doing whatever it wants simply by virtue of being young. But whatever judgements we might come to about the general desirability of the young and the splendour of its enjoyments, the concept of youth is fairly bursting with contents from its cultural past.

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